July 2012
Author: Hill Country Bookstore

For Younger Readers

by John Rocco
What happens when a blackout occurs in the city and everyone is plunged into darkness? A wonderful adventure begins as one family goes to the roof and finds the light of the stars, a party in the street and life without technology. This is a story of making connections, spending time together and simply finding joy and delight in each other’s company. The illustrations are a visual feast that make this story come to life. For ages 4 and up.

by Tom Lichtenfeld
Although this story is simple and charming, it is also clever. When the letter E takes a tumble and is injured, the letter O steps in to help out – so each use of the letter “E” is replaced by “O” for the duration of the story. For example, Inquisitive Y asks “why isn’t our buddy gotting bottor?” Challenging wordplay and visual puns fill the pages with laughs for readers of all ages! Older readers will be entertained with the hidden jokes in the illustrations. For ages 4 to 10.

For Older Readers
Young Fredle

by Cynthia Voigt
Fredle, a brave little mouse, embarks on a remarkable journey of self-discovery after he is pushed out of his home and must face life in the great outdoors, a world filled with snakes, rain, raccoons and other dangers that he has never experienced. This new world is both terrifying and thrilling but Fredle quickly learns that he is capable of adapting to his new circumstances. When Fredle makes his way back into the house, he has learned the meaning of freedom and possesses a new confidence in his ability to conquer challenges. For ages 8 to 12.

Never Forgotten
by Patricia McKissack
Part African folktale, part historical fiction this story is told in free verse, of an 18th century West African boy raised by his blacksmith father and the Mother Elements: Wind, Fire, Water and Earth. One day, the boy is captured by slave traders and taken by ship to a far-away land. Wind, Fire, Water and Earth try to save the boy, to no avail. This moving tale of family members loved and lost is magnificently illustrated by the two-time Caldecott Med

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