Although librarians are known for appreciating order, they will not be the only ones to enjoy The Art of Clean Up: Life Made Neat and Tidy. In this delightful book, Swiss artist Ursus Wehrli, captures everyday scenes and objects, and rearranges them by color, shape, and size.
As if this wasn’t upsetting enough, his father passed away and he and his family have been asked to sit Shiva – a 7-day mourning ritual. The Foxman’s aren’t exactly the happiest, closest-knit family and they aren’t quick to share their emotions so this weeklong event is full of tension. It’s quickly realized that Judd is not the only Foxman with issues.
Victoria Jones is a young woman who, abandoned at birth, has grown up in California’s foster care system. She is angry and lonely but gets a final chance of a good home with Elizabeth, a single woman running her family’s vineyard. Just prior to being adopted, a terrible misunderstanding occurs and Victoria is put in a group home, before becoming homeless.
Archy Stallings, funk bassist, vinyl expert, and unwilling heir to his father’s kung-fu blaxploitation film legacy, is in crisis. Brokeland Records, his Oakland record store and livelihood, is truly broke. His friendship with his partner, Nat Jaffe, is straining as the money drains away. An estranged teenage son appears out of nowhere and Archy’s pregnant wife, Gwen, fed up with his antics, moves into the dojo down the street.
In a time when dystopian, end-of-the-world story lines are so popular, this title fits well into the fold. It follows the story of 10-year-old girl, Lisa, and her 7-year-old brother. A deadly virus has killed off anyone over the age of 12 so only children remain to fend for themselves.
In the young adult novel Nine Days, teenagers Ti-Anna and Ethan embark on a dangerous mission.Ti-Anna’s father is a Chinese activist fighting for democracy in his homeland. He is exiled from China, only to be lured back home and kidnapped. Ti-Anna and Ethan are compelled to find him before it is too late.
Eleven-year old Salva Dut’s world is torn apart when rebels invade his village in South Sudan in 1985. Fleeing from the fighting and separated from his family, Salva endures starvation, dehydration and incarceration in refugee camps before immigrating to the United States in 1996. One of the “Lost Boys” of Sudan, Salva’s story illustrates the resiliency of the human spirit.
A runaway train, called a juggernaut, is racing through the vast and empty Iraqi desert. When it is boarded by American soldiers, they find two American mercenaries barely alive. The mercenaries were the only remaining personnel of a team sent to retrieve a hoard of gold left by Saddam Hussein’s troops.