Picture Book to the Rescue!
I just LOVE Mike Austin picture books. Last year, I was particularly taken with Fire Engine No 9. It shadowed a fire engine and its crew through a busy day, telling the story using mostly sound words. This year, Austin follows up with Rescue Squad No 9, which tracks a boat that rescues a girl and her dog when their sailboat is caught in a storm. This new story also uses onomatopoeia and repetitive vocabulary to emphasize the story's action. And there is plenty of action. It's an intense rescue mission after all!
Don't Keep This a Secret
Trenton Lee Stewart, the author of The Mysterious Benedict Society series, has a new book out this week! He invites readers to join the adventure, decipher the clues, and ask themselves the question: Is knowing a secret a gift or a curse?
The Secret Keepers
Parkour practitioner Reuben Pedley has been having a hard time since his mom lost her job and they had to move to a different (and poorer) part of the city. Friendless, he spends his days avoiding the Directions, the enforcement officers of the mysterious Smoke, who runs the city. On one of these afternoons, he finds a very interesting object after getting himself stuck on a ledge while he was supposed to be at home. What he discovers crammed in the masonry of a wall is an extremely old pocket watch that he is certain is worth a large sum and might just help him and his mother leave the poor part of town. Instead, he realizes that the watch has a little bit of magic in it, which gives him a special ability. Regrettably, the Directions learn of the presence of the watch, and they will stop at nothing to bring it to the Smoke. Only Reuben and his newfound friends have what it takes to solve the mystery of the watch and save their city.