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Inside Human Trafficking, a Natural Mystery, and a Classic Author’s Memoir | Grades 5 & Up Nonfiction

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redstarMarkle, Sandra. The Case of the Vanishing Little Brown Bats: A Scientific Mystery. 48p. further reading. glossary. index. maps. photos. websites. Millbrook. Sept. 2014. Tr. $29.27. ISBN 9781467714631. LC 2013030953.

Gr 4-6 –This informative title sheds light on a mystery of nature: how little brown bats, nature’s insect eaters, are mysteriously dying in their caves during hibernation. Each chapter takes readers into the problems that plague this endangered member of our ecosystem, describing how teams of scientists examined how “white-nose syndrome,” caused by a fungus called Pd, is infecting the brown bat population. Scientists have searched different caves and mines in the eastern United States and discovered that Pd affects bats by damaging their wings. Since this discovery, they have been exploring ways to change the conditions so that these small mammals can survive hibernation. The text is written in a clear tone, providing information on the plight of the bats in an accessible style. The book integrates textual and visual information well, and strong back matter allows students to do additional research. An excellent work that will enlighten readers about a growing problem in the natural world.–Melissa Smith, Royal Oak Public Library, MI

redstarWoodson, Jacqueline. Brown Girl Dreaming. 320p. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Bks. Aug. 2014. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780399252518.

Gr 4-7 –“I am born in Ohio but the stories of South Carolina already run like rivers through my veins” writes Woodson as she begins her mesmerizing journey through her early years. She was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1963, “as the South explodes” into a war for civil rights and was raised in South Carolina and then New York. Her perspective on the volatile era in which she grew up is thoughtfully expressed in powerfully effective verse, (Martin Luther King is ready to march on Washington; Malcom X speaks about revolution; Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat only seven years earlier and three years have passed since Ruby Bridges walks into an all-white school). She experienced firsthand the acute differences in how the “colored” were treated in the North and South. “After the night falls and it is safe for brown people to leave the South without getting stopped and sometimes beaten and always questioned; We board the Greyhound bus bound for Ohio.” She related her difficulties with reading as a child and living in the shadow of her brilliant older sister, she never abandoned her dream of becoming a writer. With exquisite metaphorical verse Woodson weaves a patchwork of her life experience, from her supportive, loving maternal grandparents, her mother’s insistence on good grammar, to the lifetime friend she meets in New York, that covers readers with a warmth and sensitivity no child should miss. This should be on every library shelf.–D. Maria LaRocco, Cuyahoga Public Library, Strongsville, OH

Graphic novels are now reviewed in every issue.
Where applicable, they appear at the bottom of the grade level section.

The following titles are reviewed in this month's print issue:

Behnke, Alison Marie. Up for Sale: Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery. 72p. bibliog. ebook available. further reading. index. notes. photos. websites. Twenty-First Century. Sept. 2014. lib. ed. $34.60. ISBN 9781467716116. LC 2013022607.

Cronn-Mills, Kirstin. Transgender Lives: Complex Stories, Complex Voices. 88p. bibliog. further reading. glossary. index. photos. websites. Twenty-First Century. Sept. 2014. lib. ed. $34.60. ISBN 9780761390220. LC 2013022604.

HANCOCK , James Gulliver. Artists, Writers, Thinkers, Dreamers: Portraits of 50 Famous Folks & All Their Weird Stuff. illus. by James Gulliver Hancock. 112p. Chronicle. 2014. pap.$19.95. ISBN 9781452114569.

Heppermann, Christine. Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty. 128p. ebook available. illus. photos. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. Oct. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062289575.

McGuire, Kara. The Money Manual: A Guide to Cash, Credit, Spending, Saving, Work, Wealth, and More. 208p. bibliog. further reading. glossary. index. photos. Capstone. Aug. 2014. pap. $9.95. ISBN 9781623701352.

Marji, Majed. Learn to Program with Scratch: A Visual Introduction to Programming with Games, Art, Science, and Math. 288p. No Starch Press. 2014. Tr $34.95. ISBN 9781593275433. LC 2013043492.

Morgan, Genevieve. Undecided: Navigating Life and Learning After High School. 256p. bibliog. further reading. index. websites. Zest. 2014. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9781936976324. LC 2013951198.

Mullenbach, Cheryl. The Industrial Revolution for Kids: The People and Technology that Changed the World. 144p. (For Kids). bibliog. chron. further reading. index. maps. notes. photos. reprods. websites. Chicago Review. Aug. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781613746905.

Nicklin, Caz. The Girls’ Bicycle Handbook: Everything You Need to Know About Life on Two Wheels. 288p. index. photos. websites. Quercus. 2014. pap. $24.99. ISBN 9781623651497; ebk. $13.99. ISBN 9781623651503. LC 2013913400.

Paterson, Katherine. Stories of My Life. 320p. chron. photos. Dial. Oct. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780803740433; ebk. $10.99. ISBN 9781101620656.

Rawl, Paige with Ali Benjamin. Positive: A Memoir. 288p. ebook available. further reading. glossary. notes. websites. HarperCollins/Harper. Aug. 2014. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780062342515; ebk. ISBN 9780062342539.

Scollon, Bill. Walt Disney: A Biography for Kids. illus. by Adrienne Brown.144p. bibliog. photos. Disney Pr. Jul. 2014. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9781423196471.

Sutcliffe, Jane. The White House Is Burning: August 24, 1814. 128p. bibliog. index. maps. reprods. Charlesbridge. Aug. 2014. lib. ed. $19.95. ISBN 9781580896566. LC 2013014226.

Thorne-Thomsen, Kathleen. Frank Lloyd Wright for Kids: His Life and Ideas. 2nd. Ed. 160p. bibliog. illus. index. Chicago Review. Jul. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781613744741.

Walsh, Liza Gardner. The Treasure Hunter’s Handbook. photos by Jennifer Smith-Mayo. 96p. further reading. Rowman & Littlefield/Down East. Jul. 2014. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781608932788.

Wooster, Patricia. So, You Want to Work in Fashion?: How to Break into the World of Fashion and Design. 192p. (Be What You Want). bibliog. ebook available. further reading. glossary. illus. notes. Atria/Beyond Words. Sept. 2014. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781582704531; pap. $11.99. ISBN 9781582704524.

Graphic Novels

Dembicki, Matt, ed. Wild Ocean: Sharks, Whales, Rays and Other Endangered Sea Creatures. 156p. Fulcrum. 2014. pap. $19.95. ISBN 9781938486388. LC 2014004451.

Gill, Joel Christian. Strange Fruit: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History. illus. by Joel Christian Gill. Vol. 1.176p. Fulcrum. 2014. pap. $23.95. ISBN 9781938486296.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.