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A Dystopia Novel Selection: Article 5

Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller has perfected the art of keeping a low profile in a future society in which Moral Statutes have replaced the Bill of Rights and offenses carry stiff penalties. When Chase, the only boy she has ever loved, arrests her rebellious mother, Ember must take action, or never see her mother again.

True Tales to be Told: Rockin' the Boat: 50 Iconic Rebels and Revolutionaries

We love to root for the underdog, and that is part of why we're drawn to the stories of revolutionaries. Whether they fail or succeed, people who can rally others to their cause and shake up the status quo tend to be inherently interesting. Rockin' the Boat tells the stories of 50 such legends throughout the world, from people fed up with the Roman Empire, to the revolutionaries who helped create America.

Picture Book Selection: Good Morning Yoga

This book weaves gentle exercises with a heartwarming narrative and wonderful illustrations to empower children to manage the energies from the fiery volcano to the mountain quiet and still. By teaching to self-monitor, self-sooth, focus and relax, children are given the skills to jumpstart the day with energy and excitement and meet the adventures that come with mindfulness and perspective. Ages 0-8.
  

Parent's Book Selection: a picture book by Jane Smiley

Jane Smiley, author of award winning books for adults, including her novel A Thousand Acres which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1992, has just written a children's book called Twenty Yawns. This is a beautifully written bedtime story about a family's fun day at the beach and the quietude of a moonlit night. Read this book with your child and enjoy the lyrical text and see if you can find all twenty yawns sprinkled throughout the story.  

Nonfiction Selection: Rebel in a Dress – Adventurers

For the rebel in every girl's heart, this book presents the achievements of extraordinary, relevant, and inspiring women throughout history. Through a scrapbook-like style using quotes, narratives, photographs, illustrations, and fact-filled side-bars, this book tells the story of twelve bold and courageous women who, when the world told them to stay put, took to the skies, slopes, and seas. (Ages: 4th-7th)

Picture Book Selection: Plants Can't Sit Still

Do plants really move? Absolutely! You might be surprised by all the ways plants can move. Discover the many ways plants (and their seeds) move. Whether it's a sunflower, a Venus flytrap, or an exotic plant like an exploding cucumber, this fascinating picture book shows just how excitingly active plants really can be. Recommended for Grades K-2.

Shooting Victoria: Madness, Mayhem, and the Rebirth of the British Monarchy by Paul Thomas Murphy

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Many historians have made the argument that without Victoria, the British monarchy would have fallen like so many others in the revolutions that swept Europe in 1840s. This text takes the interesting approach in analyzing history through the eight assassination attempts made on the Queen during her 64-year reign. To read about how a few madmen and criminals challenged Victoria and changed Britain, pick up this book about one of Britain’s favorite monarchs.

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