Looking for a summer read? Check out this list of award winners and critically acclaimed books! This collaboration between Alachua County Public Schools and Alachua County Library District is sure to be a hit for any kid!
“Jordan Banks may be the new kid at his upper-crust private school, but this remarkably honest and accessible story is not just about being new; it’s unabashedly about race. ... Jordan’s parents tussle over the question of what’s best for their son—to follow the world’s harsh rules so he can fit in or try to pave his own difficult road.” Booklist starred (November 15, 2018 (Vol. 115, No. 6))
“Every week, Isabella has to change gears. She alternates between her white mom and her black dad, who have completely dissimilar lifestyles. ... Though Isabella’s mixed race and struggle to find identity in a world where racism exists are strong components of this book, it is primarily about a child of divorce finding her place in two different families. ... Readers will enjoy the short chapters and Isabella’s questioning, conversational tone.” Booklist (November 1, 2018 (Vol. 115, No. 5))
“Ever since Salvador Vidón lost his mami at the age of 8, he has used sleight-of-hand magic as both a way to forget about the loss and as a way to make others happy. ... Artfully balancing comical antics with a meaningful exploration of grief, Hernandez fills his fastpaced novel with an intriguing blend of sf, folklore, and Cuban culture and populates it with delightfully well-rounded, clever, and exceptionally kind characters, all in a lively, distinctive voice.” Booklist starred (February 1, 2019 (Vol. 115, No. 11))
“Mr. Rylance, a famous graphic novelist, is battling a bad case of writer’s block after the death of his wife. Meanwhile, his son, Ethan, is struggling to complete a school graphicnovel project and frustrated with his father’s inability to move on. When an inkblot that can write, listen, learn, and create beautiful pictures pulls himself from Mr. Rylance’s sketchbook, Ethan names him Inkling and thinks the blot could solve their problems. ... Smith’s energetic and expressive ink drawings are the perfect complement and contribute to the storytelling in playful ways.” Booklist (September 1, 2018 (Vol. 115, No. 1))
“Iris, the only Deaf student in sixth-grade class, struggles to communicate well with kids at school, and feels a strong connection with Blue 55, a lone whale who can’t communicate with others because its voice is on a different frequency. … The strength of the book is its strong portrayal of Iris as a Deaf girl in a hearing world and an intelligent 12-year-old in headlong, single-minded pursuit of her goal.” Booklist (November 15, 2018 (Vol. 115, No. 6))