Posted on August 14, 2014

Back to School Reads

We have a great selection for parents, students, and teachers in preparation for back to school.  Come check out our display window for “Back to School” and “Back to Reading” selections for readers of all ages.  Here are a couple of books we recommend.

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The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdös by Deborah Heiligman

The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdös is a book that shares the interesting life of a mathematician.  Paul Erdös hated following rules in school, but he loved math growing up and discovered fascinating things about numbers.  This book is fun, while introduces various math concepts throughout the book. 

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One by Kathryn Otoshi

  One by Kathryn Otoshi is a fabulous book about kindness, standing up for others, and the power of solidarity.  It is about the color blue and how it gets picked on by red. No one said anything about it until One came.  It simple concepts using colors and numbers as characters are used to convey a powerful message!  This is a great children’s book.  Also, check out the sequel, Zero.

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Wonder by R.J Palacio

Wonder by R.J Palacio is about a boy named Auggie who was born with a facial difference.  This difference has prevented him from attending mainstream school until now.  Auggie wants to be treated like any ordinary kid entering fifth grade, while students are having a hard time getting past what they see.  This is beautiful story is about compassion and acceptance.

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Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

  Akata Witch by science fiction/fantasy author Nnedi Okorafor, is a book about a young girl name Sunny.  She has a hard time fitting in because she is US- born Nigerian.  Many kids at school make fun of her for being Akata, a derogatory term to refer to her being from the United States.  She also is albino and has to protect her skin from the sun.  However, she discovers that she is a “free agent” who possesses magical powers.  She is introduced to the Leopard community, a community which teaches her how to control and master her magic to defeat what’s to come.  This is the first of Nnedi Okorafor’s Akata Witch Series for young adults.

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