Wild Rescues: Amazing Stories from a Wildlife Shelter

Written by Amanda Mander and illustrated by Lily Forsher

Can you imagine a hawk falling from the sky and into your mom’s flower garden? Or a duck family that decides to make a swimming pool their pond? These and other stories fill the pages of Wild Rescues: Amazing Stories from a Wildlife Shelter. Each story, based on real patients, highlights a kid discovering a wild animal in need and helping it on its journey to recovery. Woven with fascinating animal facts and tips for helping wildlife, the book encourages us all to become wildlife rescuers helping humans and animals to be good neighbors. Part of the proceeds from this book go to Westsound Wildlife Shelter on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

Double Play

Written by Sara Cassidy

Allie loves baseball. It's the one thing that has been consistent in her lately complicated life. Allie's father left recently, and now Allie has a new family -- her mother's new girlfriend, Phyllis, and son Miles have moved in. It's taking some adjustment, mostly because Miles seems determined to get under her skin. Things start looking up when Allie gets invited to join the boy's baseball team as their new pitcher. But then Miles announces he's quitting the boy's team and tries out for Allie's old team -- a girl's team! Allie is sure he's doing it just to annoy her, but Miles insists that he just likes the girl's style of play better. As Allie struggles to find her place on the boy's team, she starts to see that Miles is just trying to fit in as well, and that it may be even harder for him than it has been for her.

Windfall

Written by Sara Cassidy

Life is full of challenges for thirteen-year-old Liza. She is already having trouble coping with the death of a local homeless man when she learns that her family's apple tree will need to be chopped down. If that wasn't enough, the new principal at school keeps blocking her attempts for a positive outlet by refusing permission for every project that GRRR! (Girls for Renewable Resources, Really!) and BRRR! (Boys for Renewable Resources, Really!) proposes. Liza starts to feel like she needs to create change in her world without seeking permission. When she chooses the school grounds as the site for her latest endeavor, she may have gone too far.

Slick

Written by Sara Cassidy

Thirteen-year old Liza hates her mother's boyfriend. While researching the oil company he works for, she discovers a lawsuit against it for compensation long overdue to Guatemalan farmers. She starts a group at school called GRRR! (Girls for Renewable Resources, Really!) and launches an attack on Argenta Oil.

Becoming Eli

Written and illustrated by Dan Ungureanu

A graphic novelization of the life of Elisabeta Moldovan, a young Romanian woman abandoned as a child and raised in institutions, who today works as a self-advocate and an advocate for people with physical and intellectual disabilities.

Mindful Arts in the Classroom: Stories and Creative Activities for Social and Emotional Learning

Written by Andrew Jordan Nance and illustrated by Sara Christian

Written especially for the teacher or camp director who wants to bring mindfulness, social and emotional learning (SEL), and the arts into their busy day through storytelling and fun games, this book offers a complete course that helps kids identify and talk about their feelings, self-regulate and self-soothe when stressed, and learn from easy mindfulness practices.

Ghosters

Written by Diana Corbitt

When twelve-year-old Theresa Martinez’s mom dies, money problems force her family to move into her dead grandmother’s creepy old mansion. Immediately, strange things start to happen. The powdered sugar she’s been searching the kitchen for suddenly falls out of a cupboard. Closed curtains are mysteriously open—all fun stuff for Theresa’s new ghost-obsessed friend Kerry. When they find out the reality show, Ghosters, is hosting a contest for the best paranormal recording, Theresa remembers Dad’s money problems and vows to win the contest. Along with Joey, her little brother who has Asperger’s, the girls use Kerry’s ghost-chasing equipment to hopefully capture prizewinning evidence. They soon discover that ghosts are just the tip of the stunning mysteries the old house holds.

Wild Weather Lightning

Written by Lorraine Jean Hopping and illustrated by Jody Wheeler

A clear and concise text describes the incredible power of lightning and its positive and negative effects on living things. Describes the power of lightning and its positive and negative effects on living things. Includes safety tips on what to do in case lightning strikes.

Wild Weather: Tornadoes!

Written by Lorraine Jean Hopping and illustrated by Jody Wheeler

Describes the work of two people who study tornadoes in the Midwest by discovering and following them.

Wild Things

Written and illustrated by Clay Carmichael

Stubborn, self-reliant eleven-year-old Zoe, recently orphaned, is forced to move to the country to live with her strange and bad-tempered uncle. Zoe could care less that he's a famous doctor and sculptor. All she knows is that he is impossible to understand. The only interesting thing on the farm is a feral cat who won't let Zoe near. Together, Zoe and her uncle learn about trust and the strength of family ties. In this moving coming-of-age novel, Zoe comes to understand what it means to love and be loved, uncovers a long-kept secret, and finds family where she least expects it. Includes an interview with the author and a reading group guide. Named ALA Notable Children's Book Award; Bank Street College of Education Best Children's books of the Year; NCTE Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts; Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book.

Wild Weather: Hurricanes!

Written by Lorraine Jean Hopping and illustrated by Jody Wheeler

This book discusses where hurricanes come from, what types there are, and what people should do when one strikes.0

Miss Fortune

Written by Brandi Dougherty

Zoe’s never been superstitious, so when she and her best friend Mia have their fortunes read at a carnival, she doesn’t take it seriously. In fact, Zoe mocks the fortune-teller. But the woman gives Zoe a necklace to seal her fortune, and as soon as Zoe puts it on, unexplained things begin to happen to her. Her bike spins out of control, a fire starts in the oven when it isn’t on, and Zoe begins receiving threatening texts and emails. The necklace must be cursed! But when Zoe and Mia return to the site of the carnival, it’s gone! Can they break the curse before something terrible happens?