Children & Teens Books of the Week

New in Hardcover
Soldier for Equality: José de la Luz Sáenz and the Great War Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419736827
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 3rd, 2019

José de la Luz Sáenz thought service with the U.S. military in WWI could transform the prejudice faced by Mexican-Americans in Texas. He left teaching to enter the war in France, where his knowledge of languages earned him a position translating intelligence. Still, he received neither pay raises nor promotions. Why were soldiers like him risking their lives only to return to injustice? In 1929, Luz helped form the League of United Latin American Citizens, an organization dedicated to fighting for civil rights and equality, and still running today. Duncan Tonatiuh’s new nonfiction picture book, Soldier for Equality: Jose de la Luz Sáenz and the Great War (Abrams, $18.99) recounts Luz’s courageous story, incorporating lines directly from Luz’s diary with accompanying line and collage illustrations. Great for classrooms or reading on one’s own, Soldier for Equality will start conversations and inspire big ideas. Ages 7-10. Amy Dickinson 
Blast from the Past
Martin's Big Words (Big Words): The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Cover Image
By Doreen Rappaport, Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781423106357
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Published: Jump At The Sun - December 18th, 2007

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a man of words and actions. His words were so meaningful, so great, so profound that they helped bring down a brutal system of injustice in the United States. In Martin's Big Words (Disney, $17.99) author Doreen Rappaport weaves Dr. King's personal story alongside select quotes that emphasize the power of his words. Illustrator Bryan Collier's artful use of collage and watercolors illuminate each page. His use of stained glass windows, especially, make the images almost sacred. The book ends with a timeline of important dates and additional resources so that readers can learn more about the life and legacy of Dr. King. Ages 6-8. Heidi Ashton Yoon 

YA Pick
Anthem (The Sixties Trilogy #3) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780545106092
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Published: Scholastic Press - October 1st, 2019

In the summer of 1969, Molly’s brother, Barry, who ran away after a fight with Dad over Vietnam, has been drafted. With the help of her cousin Norman, an aspiring drummer, the two travel in an old school bus from Charleston, SC, to San Francisco to bring Barry home. With informational insets, photos, and a thoughtful exploration of a turbulent era, Deborah Wiles concludes her Sixties trilogy. Molly and Norman witness anti-war protests, experience racial clashes, and become immersed in the vibrant music of a time when millions shouted out an Anthem (Scholastic, $19.99) of change and freedom. Ages 11-14. Marc Villa