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Title: “New Kid”  Author: Jerry Craft  Reading level: Juvenile 

Books of the week Sept. 21

Join Camellia, Alabama’s mascot, as she travels across our great state. From space exploration in Huntsville to making music in Muscle Shoals. Alabama’s rich history shines through Helen Keller, W. C. Handy, Jesse Owens and many more. Football and baseball have brought great fame to Alabama. Producing some of the most talented and well-known athletes around. The Civil Rights Movement changed the course of Alabama’s history. Camellia visits each of these places and many more.  

If you are a nature enthusiast, a sports nut, a history buff or a music lover, you will enjoy reading this book. It highlights the best of Alabama, making you want to set off on a new adventure and unearth something you may not have known. The best part is, it’s right here in our own backyard. Adventuring out to these amazing places gives a “staycation” a whole new meaning. Alabama truly is a beautiful home. This book celebrates the vast diversity of the people of Alabama.  

Title: “New Kid” 
Author: Jerry Craft 
Reading level: Juvenile

In this Newberry Medal and Coretta Scott King Author Award winning book, Jordan is your average kid in Washington Heights. He loves to draw and hopes to go to an arts high school. However, his parents decide it’s time for him to start going to private school in a different borough of New York City. At this new school, Jordan is treated as an outsider because he is the new kid and is part of the majority. Throughout the school year, Jordan takes his feelings and issues and puts them into his sketchbook. 

This book is perfect for graphic novel lovers. The colorful and insightful illustrations bring the story to life. You can find this book inside the library, on Hoopla and on Libby. 

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