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make our voices heard.” This story, writ­ten in English and Span­ish, will leave its mark on your heart! GRADES 4 & 5

“The One and Only Bob” by Kather­ine Ap­ple­gate

This is the se­quel to the award win­ning “The One and Only Ivan.” Whether you’ve read Ivan’s story or not – you will ap­pre­ci­ate this charm­ing tale of love and friend­ship. Bob is a street-smart Chi­huahua who shares a last­ing friend­ship with Ivan, a go­rilla, and Ruby, an ele­phant.

Pick­ing up where “The One and Only Ivan” left off, the friends con­tinue to find grace and hu­mor as they sup­port each other. The mes­sages of loy­alty, for­give­ness, and trust will re­main with you af­ter the fi­nal page has turned.

GRADES 6 — 8 “Bloom (The Over­throw)” by Ken­neth Op­pel

You’ll have a hard time putting this one down! Anaya, Seth, and Pe­tra have al­ways felt dif­fer­ent from their peers on their Bri­tish Columbia is­land. Anaya has al­ler­gies that cause acne and con­stant con­ges­tion.

Seth is a fos­ter child with vis­i­ble scars on both of his arms. Pe­tra is al­ler­gic to wa­ter. The teens have no con­nec­tion un­til strange plants be­gin to grow all over their town. When the plants turn car­niv­o­rous, Pe­tra, Anaya, and Seth are the only ones able to with­stand their strange per­fumes and their acidic interiors.

That event re­veals that they have more in com­mon. As they learn the ori­gin of the plants, a mys­tery un­folds. This ac­tion-filled ad­ven­ture is part of a se­ries; so if you like it, there’s more!

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