DREAM TEEN Magazine - - Book Review -

Ly­dia Grace Fin Finch brings a suit­case full of seeds to the big gray city city, where she goes to stay with her Un­cle Jim, a can­tan­ker­ous baker. There she ini­ti­ates a grad­ual trans­for­ma­tion, bit by bit bright­en­ing the shop and bring­ing smiles to cus­tomers’ faces with the flow­ers she grows. But it is in a se­cret place that Ly­dia Grace works on her master­piece -- an am­bi­tious rooftop gar­den -- which she hopes will make even Un­cle Jim smile. Sarah Stew­art in­tro­duces read­ers to an en­gag­ing and de­ter­mined young hero­ine, whose story is told through let­ters writ­ten home, while David Small’s il­lus­tra­tions beau­ti­fully evoke the De­pres­sion-era set­ting. The Gardener is a 1997 New York Times Book Re­view No­table Chil­dren’s Book of the Year and a 1998 Calde­cott Honor Book.

A great book for young males. Gi­ant Afro. Even Big­ger Brain. Jaden Tous­saint, 5 year-old sci­en­tist and all around cool dude, is on a mis­sion to con­vince the grown-ups that he needs more SCREEN TIME. His only weapons are sci­ence, ninja danc­ing, and his su­per-pow­ered brain power. Can Jaden Tous­saint get the grown-ups to change their minds? Fans of Ju­nie B. Jones, the Magic Tree House, Dan Gut­man, and Franny K. Stein will love the Jaden Tous­saint se­ries of il­lus­trated chap­ter books. They are hi­lar­i­ous and em­pow­er­ing for kids and grown-ups alike. Get your copy to­day. #Smartis­theNewCool Book Con­tains: Sci­ence? Check. Jokes? Check. Great hair? Check. Se­ri­ously awe­some il­lus­tra­tions? Check.

Life in a Jar - Dur­ing World War II, Irena Sendler, a Pol­ish Catholic so­cial worker, or­ga­nized a res­cue net­work of fel­low so­cial work­ers to save 2,500 Jewish chil­dren from cer­tain death in the War­saw ghetto. In­cred­i­bly, af­ter the war, her hero­ism, like that of many others, was sup­pressed by com­mu­nist Poland and re­mained vir­tu­ally un­known for 60 years. Un­known, that is, un­til three high school girls from an eco­nom­i­cally de­pressed, ru­ral school dis­trict in south­east Kansas stum­bled upon a tan­ta­liz­ing ref­er­ence to Sendler’s res­cues, which they fash­ioned into a his­tory project, a play they called Life in a Jar. Their in­no­cent drama was first seen in Kansas, then the Mid­west, then New York, Los An­ge­les, Mon­treal, and fi­nally Poland, where they el­e­vated Irena Sendler to a na­tional hero, cham­pi­oning her legacy of tol­er­ance and re­spect for all peo­ple. Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project is Holo­caust his­tory and more. It is the in­spi­ra­tional story of Protes­tant stu­dents from Kansas, each car­ry­ing her own painful bur­den, each called in her own com­plex way to the his­tory of a Catholic woman.

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