Gruesome hatchet murders are usually the subject of mysteries or horror
stories, but the bloody tale of Lizzie Borden is 100% true. Or is it?
accounts of the 1892 slaying of Andrew and Abby Borden, Lizzie's father
and stepmother, were so sensational that it was hard to tell fact from
fiction. Lizzie's suspicious behavior, which led to her trial for the
murders, only led to more rumors and misinformation.
This intriguing book presents the evidence from the Borden case in
you-are-there detail, allowing fans of courtroom drama and true crime to
cut through the hype and draw their own conclusions about these famous
-- and still unsolved -- murders.
The most important rule of cave exploration is to never go alone, but
since his best friend and caving partner David moved away, 13-year-old
no one to join him on his trips into the newly discovered tunnels
beneath his rural hometown. Buck carefully hides his solo caving from
his family, just like he hides the fact that he's viciously bullied at
school because of his stutter. Both situations are
dangerous, and when one of them turns almost deadly, Buck has no one to
rely on but himself. If you're moved by this emotionally authentic survival
story, you might also enjoy Dan Gemeinhart's The Honest Truth;
if you want another take on growing up with a stutter, check out Vince Vawter's Paperboy.
Though Saki Yamamoto would much rather be back in Tokyo with her
friends, her family insists that she travel to her grandmother's remote
the Obon festival honoring the spirits of their ancestors. As if being
stuck without a decent phone signal wasn't enough of a nightmare, Saki
accidentally brings down a death curse on her family. To break it,
she'll have to join the supernatural Night Parade
and follow three guides -- a four-tailed fox, a raccoon-like tanuki, and
a feathery tengu -- into the perilous spirit world. With "an
entertaining mix of Japanese folklore and teen angst" (School
Library Journal), The Night
Parade will charm readers of all kinds.
Fantasy. Named after a line from Shakespeare's Hamlet,
Rosemary "Rosie" Bennett has grown up surrounded by books, and has
always longed for the magical adventures inside them. Her reality is
certainly more challenging than it used to be: her dad has left, and her
friend Shelby seems to be drifting away. So when
Rosie and Adam, Shelby's brother, discover
old book of spells, they eagerly give it a try -- and accidentally
cause Shelby to vanish. An "addictive flow of magic and suspense" (Kirkus
will keep book lovers and fantasy fans turning pages as Rosie and Adam
desperately piece together the literary puzzles that will help
them reverse the spell.
Biography. She would later become a nurse, a spy, and an abolitionist,
but first, Araminta Ross had to survive an enslaved childhood in 1820s
Growing up to be brave and determined, Ross risked her life to escape to
the northern U.S., where slavery was illegal. Once she was finally
free, however, she felt compelled to return in secret, guiding others
out of slavery on the Underground Railroad. She
also changed her name to one you might recognize: Harriet Tubman. Like
the other books in the Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales series, The Underground
Abductor uses a funny frame story to help you understand how the life of one bold American fits into the nation's complicated history.
Even without TV, internet, or phone reception, it's hard for the Los
Angeles-dwelling Silver sisters -- 12-year-old Marigold, 11-year-old
five-year-old Lily -- to be upset about spending the summer with their
Aunt Sunny on Cape Cod. Zinnia and Lily ease right into lazy,
sunshine-drenched days on the beach, while the more motivated Marigold
makes plans to further her blossoming acting career (and
her first crush). If you love upbeat realistic fiction with a sweetly
nostalgic feel, don't miss this 1st book in the Silver Sisters series
(and keep an eye out for the next book, The
Brightest Stars of Summer, due out in May 2016).
Eleven-year-old orphan Arianna knows that she's too old to play with
paper dolls. Still, she finds comfort in her beloved paper "family,"
only relative she's got left is Gage, her 19-year-old brother. But Gage
doesn't have a job or an apartment, which means that he and Ari are
constantly couch surfing or sneaking into shelters. As the stress of
hiding their situation begins to strain her friendships
and her schoolwork, Ari is forced to consider how much she's willing to
lose to stay loyal to her brother. Those who enjoy this honest,
bittersweet story about family homelessness may also appreciate
Katherine Applegate's Crenshaw.
The youngest person to complete the Selma-to-Montgomery March in 1965
Alabama, Lynda Blackmon Lowery was one of many students who risked her
to participate in the American Civil Rights Movement. She relates her experiences through
photos, and illustrations, using an easy, matter-of-fact style to
describe brutal beatings and grueling imprisonment as well as the warmth
of a strong community with a common cause. Ending with an epilogue
about current voting rights in the U.S., this
award-winning book provides vivid insight into the past and perspective
on the present.