October 2015 New Releases

The Girl Who Buried Her Dreams in a Can - Tererai Trent

The Girl Who Buried Her Dreams in a Can - Tererai Trent
October 6, 2015

This is the story of a little girl with big dreams. All the girl ever wanted was an education. But in Rhodesia, education for girls was nearly impossible. So she taught herself to read and write with her brother’s schoolbooks and to count while watching cattle graze. When the girl became a young wife and mother, she wrote her goals on a scrap of paper and buried them in a can—an ancient ritual that reminded her that she couldn't give up on her dreams . . . Would her dreams ever come true?

Book - John Agard

Book - John Agard
October 6, 2015

Books are one of humankind’s greatest forms of expression, and now Book, in a witty, idiosyncratic voice, tells us the inside story. A wonderfully eccentric character with strong opinions and a poetic turn of phrase, Book tells of a journey from papyrus scrolls to medieval manuscripts to printed paper and beyond—pondering, along the way, many bookish things, including the evolution of the alphabet, the library (known to Egyptians as "the healing place of the soul"), and even book burning.

Mixed Me! - Taye Diggs

Mixed Me! - Taye Diggs
Oct 6, 2015

Mike has awesome hair. He has LOTS of energy! His parents love him. And Mike is a PERFECT blend of the two of them.

Still, Mike has to answer LOTS of questions about being mixed. And he does, with LOTS of energy and joy in this charming story about a day in the life of a mixed-race child.

Little Shaq - Shaquille O’Neal

Little Shaq - Shaquille O’Neal
October 6, 2015

When Little Shaq and his cousin Barry accidentally break their favorite video game, they need to find a way to replace it. That's when Little Shaq's science project inspires a solution: a gardening business. They can water their neighbors' gardens to raise money for a new game! Little Shaq and Barry make a great team both on and off the basketball court, but will their business be as successful as they hoped?

Happy! - Pharrell Williams

Happy! - Pharrell Williams
October 6, 2015

This is a picture book full of memorable, precious childhood moments that will move readers in the same way they were moved by the song.

The Toymaker’s Apprentice - Sherri L. Smith

The Toymaker’s Apprentice - Sherri L. Smith
October 13

A gorgeously imagined Nutcracker retelling . . . the Nutcracker Prince [comes] to life in this fascinating journey into a world of toy making, magical curses, clock making guilds, talking mice and erudite squirrels.

Juba!: A Novel - Walter Dean Myers

Juba!: A Novel - Walter Dean Myers
October 13, 2015

This engaging historical novel is based on the true story of the meteoric rise of an immensely talented young black dancer, William Henry Lane, who influenced today's tap, jazz, and step dancing. With meticulous and intensive research, Walter Dean Myers has brought to life Juba's story.

Monster: A Graphic Novel - Walter Dean Myers, Adapted by Guy A. Sims

Monster: A Graphic Novel - Walter Dean Myers, Adapted by Guy A. Sims
October 20, 2015

A stunning black-and-white graphic novel adaptation of Walter Dean Myers's Michael L. Printz Award winner and New York Times bestseller Monster, adapted by Guy Sims and illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile.

Dork Diaries 10: Tales from a Not-So-Perfect Pet Sitter - Rachel Renee Russell

Dork Diaries 10: Tales from a Not-So-Perfect Pet Sitter - Rachel Renee Russell
October 20, 2015

Nikki has to hide seven ADORKABLE puppies from two parents, one nosy little sister, an entire middle school, and…one mean girl out for revenge, Mackenzie Hollister. If anyone can do it, it’s Nikki…but not without some hilarious challenges along the way!

My Story, My Dance: Robert Battle's Journey to Alvin Ailey - Lesa Cline-Ransome

My Story, My Dance: Robert Battle's Journey to Alvin Ailey - Lesa Cline-Ransome
October 27, 2015

[An] inspiring picture book biography of Robert Battle, artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. When Robert Battle was a boy wearing leg braces, he never dreamed he’d study at Juilliard. Though most dancers begin training at an early age, it wasn’t until Robert was a teenager that his appreciation for movement—first from martial arts, then for ballet—became his passion.

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