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release date: Jan 01, 2050
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Maybelle the Cable Car
Maybelle was a cable car a San Francisco cable car. . . She rang her gong and sang her song from early morn till late at night. . . . By recounting the actual events in San Francisco's effort to keep the city's cable cars running, this classic story illustrates how the voice of the people can be heard in the true spirit of democracy. Virginia Lee Burton's original art for Maybelle the Cable Car was retrieved from the archives of the San Francisco Public Library to re-create this edition with all the vibrant charm of the original, which was published in 1952.
release date: Oct 15, 2019
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Under the Broken Sky
When Soviet troops invade Japanese-occupied Manchuria during the last days of World War II, twelve-year-old Natsu Kimura must care for her younger sister as they struggle to survive and return to Japan.
release date: Aug 27, 2019
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Long Summer Nights
The last children's book by the extraordinary Holocaust survivor and Hebrew-language author Aharon Appelfeld (Feb 16, 1932 - Jan 4, 2018)

A mystical and transcendent journey of two wanderers, an eleven-year-old boy, and an old man to whom the boy has been entrusted by his father, a Jew, fleeing the ravages of the war, follows the huge success of Adam & Thomas, Appelfeld's award-winning first book for middle-grade readers. Here, the old man is a former Ukranian commander, revered by the soldiers under his command, who has gone blind and chosen the life of a wanderer as his last spiritual adventure. The child, now disguised as a Ukranian non-Jew, learns from the old man how to fend for himself and how to care for others. The unlikely pair wander from village to village, sometimes encountering old friends, sometimes abuse from children and adult villagers wary of thieves and beggars. In the tradition of The Alchemist, the travelers learn from each other and the boy grows stronger and wiser as the old man teaches him the art of survival and, through the stories he shares, the reasons for living.
     A coming-of-age story unlike any other, and an extraordinary tale of friendship, loss, and survival. Like every Aharon Appelfeld book, Long Summer Nights carries its magic not only in the words but also in the silences between them.
release date: Aug 13, 2019
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It Rained Warm Bread

A powerful middle grade novel-in-verse about one boy’s experience surviving the Holocaust.

Moishe Moskowitz was thirteen when the Nazis invaded Poland and his family learned the language of fear. The wolves loomed at every corner, yet Moishe still held on to the blessings of his mother’s blueberry pierogis, of celebrating the Sabbath as a family, of a loyal friend. But each day the darkness weighed more heavily on Moishen as his family was broken, uprooted, and scattered across labor and concentration camps. Just as his last hopes began to dim, a simple act of kindness redeemed his faith that goodness could survive the trials of war: That was the day it rained warm bread.

Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet relates her father’s triumphant Holocaust story through the words of award-winning poet Hope Anita Smith. Deftly articulated and beautifully illustrated, this is an essential addition to the ever-important collection of Holocaust testimonies.

A Christy Ottaviano Book

release date: Jul 30, 2019
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The Ballad of Lucy Whipple
In 1849 a twelve-year-old girl who calls herself Lucy is distraught when her mother moves the family from Massachusetts to a small California mining town. There Lucy helps run a boarding house and looks for comfort in books while trying to find a way to return "home."
release date: Jul 30, 2019
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Catherine, Called Birdy

Catherine, a spirited and inquisitive young woman of good family, narrates in diary form the story of her fourteenth year—the year 1290. A Newbery Honor Book.

release date: Jul 30, 2019
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The Loud Silence of Francine Green
Francine Green doesn’t speak up much, and who can blame her? Her parents aren’t interested in her opinions, the nuns at school punish girls who ask too many questions, and the House Committee on Un-American Activities is blacklisting people who express unpopular ideas. There’s safety in silence. Francine would rather lose herself in a book, or in daydreams about her favorite Hollywood stars, than risk attracting attention or getting in trouble.

But when outspoken, passionate Sophie Bowman transfers into Francine’s class at All Saints School for Girls, Francine finds herself thinking about things that never concerned her before—free speech, the atom bomb, the existence of God, the way people treat each other. Eventually, Francine discovers that she not only has something to say, she is absolutely determined to say it.

Once again, Karen Cushman follows a young woman’s progress toward her true self, this time exploring the nature of friendship and the experience of growing up Catholic in an era that is both fascinating and relevant to today’s young people. Author’s note.
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