Children & Teens Books of the Week

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The Golden Thread: A Song for Pete Seeger Cover Image
By Colin Meloy, Nikki McClure (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062368256
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Published: Balzer + Bray - June 5th, 2018

In verse that mimics the rhythm of Pete Seeger’s iconic songs, Colin Meloy tells the story of the folk musician’s life—from his early childhood in his parents’ traveling band to his pivotal role in the Civil Rights, labor, and environmental movements. As Seeger plays for World War II soldiers, empowers workers to unionize, gets married and has children of his own, and collaborates with legends like Joan Baez and Odetta, this sweeping picture book shows that music was The Golden Thread (Harper Collins, $18.99) that held the people in his life together. Nikki McClure’s layered black and gold cut-paper illustrations emphasize the power of Seeger’s lyrics. This rousing celebration of one of America’s most prolific folk singers will inform and entertain anyone interested in the transformative power of sharing a song. Ages 4-8. Elli Bloomberg.  

Blast from the Past
Under a War-Torn Sky Cover Image
ISBN: 9780786817535
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Published: Hyperion Books for Children - June 1st, 2003

L.M. Elliott’s suspenseful World War II novel, Under A War-Torn Sky (Disney Hyperion, $6.99), tells the tale of Henry Forester, a young American B-24 pilot whose plane is shot down over Nazi occupied France while en route to a bombing site in Germany. The reader follows Henry on his life and death struggle as he tries to make it back to his base in England, but the path is an arduous one. Elliott tells her beautifully crafted story in vivid detail eliciting the sights, sounds and smells of the time. Henry’s struggle is lightened only by the kindness of the men and women of the Resistance who, at their own peril, help him survive. It is a true portrait of ordinary people who did extraordinary things for a greater good. Ages 12 & up. Heidi Ashton Yoon.

YA Pick
Salt to the Sea Cover Image
ISBN: 9780142423622
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Published: Penguin Books - August 1st, 2017

In the winter of 1945—as Nazi Germany enters its death throes and the Russian army makes its advance westward—four teenagers enter Poland seeking refuge and a means of escape out of the path of the relentless World War. Burdened by the things they have seen, done and endured during the war—as well as a secret kept by each of them—their lives intersect each other in dramatic and consequential ways. Little do they know that their route to freedom will culminate in an event more tragic than they could have imagined, as they may all become Salt to the Sea (Penguin, $10.99). Ruta Sepetys crafts a tale that is as hopeful as it is harrowing, with a compelling cast of characters and a well-paced, engaging story that is broad and sweeping in scope, yet intimate and personable at the same time. Ages 14 & up. Marc Villa.