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Dear Friends,
Happy New Year to everyone. I'm excited about the year, and the books this month get us off to a dramatic and engaged start. At least two of the books remind us that this is a year to remember our voices must be heard, and that children too can safely speak up when needed. One book for older readers, 12 and up, Wolf Hollow, is intense, dramatic, and beautifully written. The other is equally important, but humorous, for 8 or 9 and up, Ban This Book. Both books represent an important contribution to children's literature encouraging speaking for the truth. The third book this month, Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole,  is about dealing with the death of a parent, but uses great imagination to approach sadness indirectly.

Have a wonderful reading month.
Laura Duggan


Wolf Hollow

Published: 2016
Theme: Defending the Truth
Best for: 12 - 14

“The year I turned twelve, I learned that what I said and what I did mattered. So much, sometimes, that I wasn’t sure I wanted such a burden. But I took it anyway…”

A worthy piece of literature for young readers, somewhat a milder version of Kill a Mockingbird, but with much less brutality and perhaps more heart. 
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Ban This Book

Published: 2017
Theme: Speaking Up
Best for: 9 and up

“All through math I sucked on my braids and imagined all the awful things that would happen if I was caught with all those books in my locker. Every parent…would like up to sue me.”

This is a not-to-be-missed book about helping children understand how to speak up against injustices, small and large. Read more ›

Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole

Published: 2017
Theme: Coping with Loss
Best for: 9 and up

” I closed my eyes, feeling a point of infinite love and infinite grief, and comfort in knowing, for the first time, that I have infinite space inside for both.”

This well-written and creative book takes on the grieving process with skill and courage, and shows the beauty of a life can include both joy and sorrow. 
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