Hannah's Picks

Mars! Earthlings Welcome (Our Universe #5) Cover Image
By Stacy McAnulty, Stevie Lewis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250256881
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - February 23rd, 2021

Published this month just in time for us to celebrate the accomplishments of NASA’s Perseverance rover landing on Mars.

Little Mole's Wish Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525581345
Published: Schwartz & Wade - November 19th, 2019

Little Mole, new to the neighborhood, longs for a friend.  On the day of the first snow fall, he comes across a little Snowball.  A magical journey begins with Little Mole taking the Snowball-- re-shaped to resemble Little Mole himself and similarly outfitted with a hat--  home on the bus.  The snowball melts, of course.  Little Mole tells his tale of loss to his Grandma.  The next morning, he awakens to her call that a special visitor is outside: Snowball, shaped like Little Mole.  A whimsical tale of friendship.

A Place at the Table Cover Image
ISBN: 9780358116684
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Published: Clarion Books - August 11th, 2020

Told in alternating chapters, sixth-grade classmates Sara and Elizabeth narrate their experiences as the daughters of immigrants. Credible stories of prejudice and cultural adjustments and code-switching, told with verve and sincerity.  Lots of mouthwatering descriptions of Pakistani food, as the girls take an afterschool cooking class.

Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593136270
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Published: Crown - February 9th, 2021

Joining the field of books on climate change, this one focuses on the new world we’re creating. The challenge the author proposes we face is: Can we change nature, this time in order to save it?

Made in China: A Prisoner, an SOS Letter, and the Hidden Cost of America’s Cheap Goods Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616209179
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Published: Algonquin Books - February 2nd, 2021

In 2012, an American found within a box of Halloween decorations an SOS note, handwritten in broken English by the Chinese prisoner who had made the item.  

This person, Sun Yi, was arrested for his activism after joining a forbidden meditation practice.  He was sent to work in a labor camp where he was starved, tortured, and forced to work more than 15 hours a day. You will not want to buy from China again.