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2018 has brought us several excellent biographies about Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina Supreme Court Justice.  Read one today!

I Am Sonia Sotomayor by Brad Meltzer (November 13, 2018)
This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great--the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Each book tells the story of one of America's icons in a lively, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers and that always includes the hero's childhood influences. At the back are an excellent timeline and photos.

The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor by Sonia Sotomayor (September 4, 2018)
Sonia Sotomayor was just a girl when she dared to dream big. Her dream? To become a lawyer and a judge even though she’d never met one of either, and none lived in her neighborhood.  Sonia did not let the hardships of her background—which included growing up in the rough housing projects of New York City’s South Bronx, dealing with juvenile diabetes, coping with parents who argued and fought personal demons, and worrying about money—stand in her way. Always, she believed in herself. Her determination, along with guidance from generous mentors and the unwavering love of her extended Puerto Rican family, propelled her ever forward.  Eventually, all of Sonia’s hard work led to her appointment as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court in 2009, a role that she has held ever since.  Learn about Justice Sotomayor’s rise and her amazing work as well as about the Supreme Court in this fascinating memoir that shows that no matter the obstacles, dreams can come true.

Turning Pages: My Life Story by Sonia Sotomayor (September 4, 2018)
As the first Latina Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor has inspired young people around the world to reach for their dreams. But what inspired her? For young Sonia, the answer was books! They were her mirrors, her maps, her friends, and her teachers. They helped her to connect with her family in New York and in Puerto Rico, to deal with her diabetes diagnosis, to cope with her father's death, to uncover the secrets of the world, and to dream of a future for herself in which anything was possible.  Justice Sotomayor shares that love of books with a new generation of readers, and inspires them to read and puzzle and dream for themselves. Accompanied by Lulu Delacre's vibrant art, this story of the Justice's life shows readers that the world is full of promise and possibility--all they need to do is turn the page.

The studio that brought you Despicable Me (and those adorably naughty Minions) has revamped the classic Seuss Christmas tale.  The Grinch opens in theaters this weekend.  The Grinch (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) and his loyal dog, Max, live a solitary existence inside a cave on Mount Crumpet. His main source of aggravation comes during Christmastime when his neighbors in Whoville celebrate the holidays with a bang. When the Whos decide to make Christmas bigger and brighter, the disgruntled Grinch realizes there is one way to gain peace and quiet. With help from Max, the green grump hatches a scheme to pose as Santa Claus, steal Christmas and silence the Whos' holiday cheer once and for all.

Read the book that inspired the movie.  Find How the Grinch Stole Christmas in the picture book room at Hoover Public Library.  Look for E  SEU.  And go ahead and mark your calendars for our Grinch Double Feature on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 2 pm.  We'll be showing the 1966 animated classic followed by the 2000 live-action movie starring Jim Carrey.  Admission and refreshments are free.

The Real McCoys by husband-wife team Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr was one of my absolute favorite books of 2017.  I had my fingers crossed that there would be a sequel.  And now there's a sequel!!!

The Real McCoys: Two's a Crowd (November 6, 2018)
"When a baffling mystery strikes Tiddlywhump Elementary, sibling detectives and absolute opposites Moxie and Milton McCoy are on the case. She's the doer. He's the thinker. She's the heart. He's her heartburn.  Moxie's friend Emily has received a suspicious letter signed with nothing but a sinister purple squiggle. Then more letters arrive—along with more questions. Who sent them? What do they mean? Is the world on the brink of collapse?  Milton and Moxie are the perfect problem-solving team...if only they could get along.When their partnership falls apart, Moxie races to identify the mysterious Squiggler first—while learning the hard way that two McCoys really are better than one.  With energetic illustrations on every page, Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr's Two's a Crowd is a vivaciously funny and irresistibly heartfelt mystery for young readers."

Want a sneak peek inside the book?  Take a look at the publisher's page.