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Spotlight Books of the Month


History Smashers: Mayflower

By Kate Messner

Did you know that the pilgrims didn't go straight from England to Plymouth? No, they made a stop along the way--and almost stayed forever! Did you know there was a second ship, called the Speedwell, that was too leaky to make the trip? No joke. And just wait until you learn the truth about Plymouth Rock. Through illustrations, graphic panels, photographs, sidebars, and more, kids can explore the little-known details behind the legends of the Mayflower and the first Thanksgiving.. Ages 8 - 12.

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The Plot to Kill the Queen

by Deborah Hopkinson.

Emilia Bassano is an aspiring playwright. With her new friend, Will Shakespeare, she attempts to win a playwriting competition at the palace of Queen Elizabeth I. When Emilia accidentally uncovers a plot to kill the queen, she must travel to the castle where Mary Queen of Scots is being held captiveCan Emilia and her friends discover who is responsible for the plan to murder Queen Elizabeth--and to thwart it?

Ages 8 to 12

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Reclaiming Mni Sota: An Alternate History of the U.S. - Dakota War of 1862

By Colin Mustful

Samuel Copeland was just a teenager in 1859 when he and his family left Vermont for the promise of a new life in Minnesota. But life is harder and more dangerous than he expected and his father is killed at the hands of Indians. WaabiskiMakwa was still a boy in 1850 when his father perished at Sandy Lake because of the negligence of U.S. government officials. In Reclaiming Mni Sota, the true and lasting results of history are challenged. What if the defeated became the victors? What would that mean for the world today and how would that illuminate the wrongs of the past?

Ages 15 to adult. Go to bookstore.


Run and Hide: How Jewish Youth Escaped the Holocaust

By Don Brown.

Only 11% of the Jewish children living in Europe before 1939 survived the Second World War. Run and Hide is a gripping nonfiction graphic novel that tells the stories of children, forced to leave their homes and families, as they escaped certain horror. Some children flee to England by train. Others are hidden from Nazis, sometimes in plain sight. Some are secreted away in attics and farmhouses. Still others make miraculous escapes, cresting over the snow-covered Pyrenees mountains to safety.

Nonfiction graphic novel for ages 12 and up


I Survived the Great Alaska Earthquake, 1964 (I Survived #23)

By Lauren Tarshis

It was 1964 in the brand-new state of Alaska, a vast land of staggering beauty and heart-stopping dangers where Grizzlies and wolves outnumbered people, and dark winter days were 30 degrees below zero. Eleven-year-old Jack had always thought of himself as strong -- “Alaska tough”. But then the most powerful earthquake in American history -- the Good Friday Earthquake -- destroyed downtown Anchorage and sent 30-foot tsunamis into coastal cities, wiping out entire communities.

Ages 7 to 10. Go to bookstore.

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