BOY AT THE BACK OF THE CLASS
In the vein of timely titles such as Katherine Applegate’s Wishtree and Alan Gratz’s Refugee comes a touching, accessible middle-grade debut about the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis, as well as the life-changing power of friendship and standing as an ally.
There used to be an empty chair at the back of Mrs. Khan’s classroom, but on the third Tuesday of the school year a new kid fills it: nine-year-old Ahmet, a Syrian refugee. The whole class is curious about this new boy–he doesn’t seem to smile, and he doesn’t talk much. But after learning that Ahmet fled a Very Real War” and was separated from his family along the way, a determined group of his classmates band together to concoct the Greatest Idea in the World–a magnificent plan to reunite Ahmet with his loved ones.
Balancing humor and heart, this relatable story about the refugee crisis from the perspective of kids highlights the community-changing potential of standing as an ally and reminds readers that everyone deserves a place to call home.
Overall Winner of the 2019 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize
Winner of the 2019 Blue Peter Book Award
“Tearjerking and chuckle-inducing. . . . Above all it celebrates the power of kindness.” —The Sunday Post (Scotland)
“Inspiring and sweet. . . . This is a beautiful, open-hearted debut from Onjali Q Raúf that should help children be the best they can be and realise the power of kindness.” –BookTrust (UK)
“An engaging exploration of the refugee crisis through the eyes of a child.” –Readings (Australia)
HOW TO TEST A FRIENDSHIP
BOOM! SNAP! WHIZ! ZAP! The Magnificent Makers series is filled with science, adventure, and characters that readers will love!
A modern-day Magic School Bus for chapter book readers!
Violet and Pablo are best friends who love science! So when they discover a riddle that opens a magic portal in the Science Space at school, they can’t wait to check it out! Along with their new classmate, Deepak, the friends discover a magical makerspace called the Maker Maze. It’s a laboratory full of robots, 3D printers, an antigravity chamber, and more. Doors line the walls of the makerspace, with a new science adventure waiting behind each one.
With the help of a hilarious and odd scientist, the Magnificent Makers embark on out-of-this-world adventures that help them master the science concepts they are learning in school. This series will cover several scientific topics (at an age-appropriate level) ranging from human biology to ecology, while also exploring issues such as managing failure, teamwork, courage, and jealousy.
Don’t miss book #2: Brain Trouble!
WHAT IS LEGO?
Find out how these fun, stackable blocks became the most popular toys in the world.
The LEGO toy company was founded in 1934 by a Danish carpenter who loved making wooden pull toys. From its humble beginnings, the company has lived up to its name–which comes from the Danish phrase meaning to always “play well”–encouraging children to use their imagination and build whatever they can dream up.
In this book, author Jim O’Connor describes how a simple concept–small plastic bricks that snap together–morphed into a cultural phenomenon.
When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is all alone on a remote, wild island. She has no idea how she got there or what her purpose is–but she knows she needs to survive. After battling a violent storm and escaping a vicious bear attack, she realizes that her only hope for survival is to adapt to her surroundings and learn from the island’s unwelcoming animal inhabitants.
WILD ROBOT ESCAPES
The sequel to the bestselling The Wild Robot, by award-winning author Peter Brown — now in paperback!