An orphan grapples with her unpleasant aunt and the even more unpleasant idea of moving to Boston in this poignant middle-grade debut that handles loss and renewal. ´´Heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time, Donut´s story is gritty, hopeful and ultimately all about the various ways that love shows up. I loved it.´´--Kathi Appelt, author of the Newbery Honor and National Book Award finalist novel The Underneath ´´ Taxidermy? What better journey to uncover the true stuff of character! A classic, indelible debut.´´--Rita Williams-Garcia, author of the Newbery Honor novel One Crazy Summer Donut is an eleven-year old geography buff who keeps her taxidermied mice hidden in her late mother´s hope chest. Her pops passed away, leaving her an orphan. Aunt Agnes has moved in, bringing along her lumpy oatmeal, knitting, and a plan to drag Donut off to Boston forever. Donut stands to lose everything: her friends, her village, her home, the woods, and walks where the memories of her pops are stored up. While Donut dodges the ache of missing her pops, she and her best friend Tiny plan how to keep her where she belongs. A Stitch in Time by Daphne Kalmar is shot through with gorgeous, evocative language, and gets right to Donut´s heart.
AUDIOBOOK WINNER OF THE 2016 NATIONAL PARENTING PRODUCT AWARD (NAPPA)! Worlds collide in a spectacular way when Newbery and National Book Award finalist Kathi Appelt and Pulitzer Prize nominee and number-one New York Times best seller Alison McGhee team up to create a fantastical, heartbreaking, and gorgeous tale about two sisters, a fox cub, and what happens when one of the sisters disappears forever. Sylvie and Jules, Jules and Sylvie. Better than just sisters, better than best friends, they´d be identical twins if only they´d been born in the same year. And if only Sylvie wasn´t such a fast - faster than fast - runner. But Sylvie is too fast, and when she runs to the river they´re not supposed to go anywhere near to throw a wish rock just before the school bus comes on a snowy morning, she runs so fast that no one sees what happens...and no one ever sees her again. Jules is devastated, but she refuses to believe what all the others believe: that - like their mother - her sister is gone forever. At the very same time, in the shadow world, a shadow fox is born - half of the spirit world, half of the animal world. She too is fast - faster than fast - and she senses danger. She´s too young to know exactly what she senses, but she knows something is very wrong. And when Jules believes one last wish rock for Sylvie needs to be thrown into the river, the human and shadow worlds collide. Told in alternate voices - one Jules´, the other the fox´s - Kathi Appelt and Alison McGhee tell the searingly beautiful tale of one small family´s moment of heartbreak, a moment that unfolds into one that is epic, mythic, shimmering, and, most of all, hopeful. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Alison McGhee. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/007371/bk_sans_007371_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
How far would you go for a friend? In Nuts to You, the funny and moving new novel by Newbery Medalist Lynne Rae Perkins, two squirrels go very far indeed to save a friend who has been snatched up by a hawk. Nuts to You is short, funny, and surprising - an Incredible Journey with squirrels. It will appeal to fans of animal fantasies by Kate DiCamillo, Kathi Appelt, and Avi. The squirrels Jed, TsTs, and Chai are the very best of friends. So when Jed is snatched up by a hawk and carried away to another realm, TsTs and Chai resolve to go after him. New communities are discovered, new friends are made, huge danger is encountered (both man-made and of the fox and bobcat variety) and mysteries are revealed. Nuts to You is wholly original, funny, lively, and thought-provoking. It is a deeply satisfying piece of storytelling about the power of stories to save the world; about the power of friendship and the importance of community. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jessica Almasy. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/008282/bk_reco_008282_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.