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A Story Like the Wind

A Story Like the Wind written by Gill Lewis and illustrated by Jo Weaver

Recommended for ages 9 to 14
 
On a lonely raft in the middle of the ocean, a group of refugees huddles together, awaiting their fate. What starts as a story of despair quickly turns into a story of hope as each of the refugees shares what they can with the others. The only thing Rami, our main character, has to share is his violin and the story it tells through music. And what a story it is! It's a story about a beautiful wild stallion, a cruel ruler, and the power of freedom.
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The Bridge Home

The Bridge Home by Padma Venketraman

Recommended for ages 10 and up

Viji and Rukku are running away from their physically abusive father to the streets of Chennai, India. Alone and afraid with very little money and personal belongings, the girls soon find out how uncaring and dangerous the world can be. The girls take shelter on an abandoned bridge, which is also home to two homeless boys named Muthi and Arul. Together they form a family sharing the money they make scavenging the city’s trash heaps for metal, glass and fabric. These kids share a special bond and find the...

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Home Again

Heartwood Hotel: Home Again by Kallie George

Recommended for ages 7-10

I recently discovered a wonderful book series called Heartwood Hotel. The one I enjoyed most was the recent one, Home Again, by Kallie George.

Mona mouse has had quite a few adventures with the hotel staff where she now resides. She’s a kind and gentle soul with a penchant for bravery. Though the staff has become her family, she still longs for some kind of knowledge of the one she’s never known. During a dry summer, a wedding, and a hotel full of guests, dangerous conditions ...

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Blended

Blended by Sharon M. Draper

Recommended for ages 8-12

Isabella is an 11- year-old bi-racial child that is dealing with many social issues and middle school problems. On top of all that her parents have decided to get a divorce.  She begins to split time between two households which starts to make her wonder where does she really fit in? Isabella begins to uestion her racial identity. Switching between houses to her feels like she has to switch identities. The book ends with a shocking incident that occurs due to a racist encounter.  Isabella and her brothe...

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Today is National Hamburger Day.

Do you love burgers? Really, really love burgers? Then meet Benny. Burgers are all he eats. "If you don't watch out, you'll turn into a burger one day," warns his mom.

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World Turtle Day

Have you ever wondered about turtles? How many kinds are there? Why do turtles have shells? What do they eat? How long can turtles live?

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Full Moon

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on the moon?

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Grandma’s House by Alice Melvin

Exploring this book and all of the wonderful details will evoke many treasured memories if you have ever spent time or spend time at a beloved Grandma’s house. The cutout pages from one room to another and the fold out flaps take you on a detail filled journey to find Grandma. Children and adults will enjoy looking at the pages filled with every little thing one might expect to find in grandma’s house. The journey ends with the granddaughter finding grandma in the garden waiting for her with a birthday tea party.Reviewed by Michelle Zimostrad, Hoyt LibraryRecommended for ages 4-...

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Limerick Day

Check out this light verse form rich with ridiculous humor, wordplay and infectious rhythm. You may end up trying your hand at writing a limerick of your own!

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Happy birthday, Christopher Paul Curtis!

Flint, Michigan native and Newbery Medal winner Christopher Paul Curtis was born on this day in 1953.

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Bear and Bunny by Daniel Pinkwater

The delightful singing bear and his tender bunny pal from Bear in Love are back for another tale of friendship and sharing.  Still confused thinking the other is just a different sized version of their own species, the bunny and bear wander, eat, sing, and share their individual adventures with each other.  The bunny suggests one day that they should get a pet.  After a nap, song and meandering about, the silly pair discover and misidentify a new animal to be their companion.  The pastel illustrations tug at your heartstrings while the chums’ lightheartedness will ...

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It's Cinco de Mayo!

May 5 marks the anniversary of an important victory of the Mexican army over the French in 1862. Cinco de Mayo is a day for celebrating Mexican culture. For history, more cultural information and fun activities check out titles like these:

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Don't forget - Saginaw's Cinco de Mayo parade will be held on Saturday, May 7....
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Haiku Poetry Day

Today celebrates haiku poetry, a form of Japanese verse which is written in 17 syllables, divided into three lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables. It uses highly evocative allusions and comparisons, often on the subject of nature. Your library has many books of haiku poetry to enjoy, like this one by Japanese master poet Issa.

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