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Dear Friends,
Despite good intentions, and because of beautiful weather, I did very little reading this summer. How about you and your family? It feels good to get back to books again.

The highlight this month was a surprising and compelling fantasy story (not my usual genre), The Heartseeker, about truth and lies. I highly recommend it to promote discussion in these times where truth is a fleeting memory. 

A clever "puzzle" book, revolving around race relations in the past, is The Parker Inheritance, a great way to build compassionate understanding for African-Americans. (If you want to go further, here's a list of other books to promote conversations about racism.)

For a thoughtful exploration of honesty, time-travel, and breaking the glass ceiling in baseball, check out How Oscar Indigo Broke the Universe

And finally, just for fun and silliness, for early or reluctant readers, here's another "Stick" book - this one about dogs, Stick Dog Crashes a Party, best for 6 to 8.

Enjoy the books with your children. Read together!

Laura Duggan



Published: 2018
Theme: Truth and Lies
Best for: 11 to 14

"A lie is just a wall round the truth. Could be that it’s built strong like a wall, or it could be built out of something that’ll collapse. But no matter what it’s made of, the truth is always going to want to get out." 

A compelling and dramatic children’s book about truth and lies. Who do you trust?
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The Parker Inheritance

Published:  2018
Theme: Overcoming Discrimination
Best for: 9 and up

“It wasn’t surprising that Siobhan Washington became a librarian. She grew up surrounded by books, spending just as much time in her school library as she did on the tennis courts. ” 

This authentic peek back in time to the struggles of African-Americans to be accepted is well-done, written in the form of a puzzle-solving adventure. 
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How Oscar Indigo Broke the Universe

Published: 2017
Theme: Integrity, Time Travel
Best for: 8 and up

“Try keeping your eyes on the ball when you swing,” suggested Miss Ellington. She had a habit of sneaking up on him and giving him batting tips.” 

This children’s book has a little bit of everything, including profound lessons and lightheartedness. Read More

Stick Dog Crashes a Party

Published: 2012
Theme: Genuine Kindness
Best for: Third Grade (8-10)

“Now, under normal circumstances, Poo-Poo’s request to lick Karen’s nose would be quite bizarre. But these were not normal circumstances…” 

Humor is humor, silliness is silliness, and Tom Watson delivers both, regardless of whether it’s about dogs or cats… Read More
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