Torpedoed by Heiligman
Amid the constant rain of German bombs and the escalating violence of World War II, British parents by the thousands chose to send their children out of the country: the wealthy, independently; the poor, through a government relocation program called CORB. In September 1940, passenger liner SS City of Benares set sail for Canada with one hundred children on board. When the war ships escorting the Benares departed, a German submarine torpedoed what became known as the Children's Ship. Out of tragedy, ordinary people became heroes. This is their story.
Heiligman is one of my favorite authors of nonfiction for youth. She is a dedicated researcher who unfolds events in a truly compelling way. Horn Book recently referred to her as a nonfiction maestro. I agree. And so will you.
Torpedoed: The True Story of the World War II Sinking of "The Children's Ship" by Deborah Heiligman (10/08/19)
Harry Potter and the Illustrated Goblet of Fire
Jim Kay has taken another beloved J. K. Rowling book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and made it even more spectacular. Seriously, you can practically feel the dragon's breath coming off the page! The full-color illustrations combined with the 464-page length make this a weighty read, so don't try to read it while lying on your back in bed. That's a surefire way to get a broken nose. Instead, spread it before you on the table, the floor, or your lap, and immerse yourself in the magical wonder.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: The Illustrated Edition by J. K. Rowling & Jim Kay (October 8, 2019)
Harry Potter wants to get away from the pernicious Dursleys and go to the International Quidditch Cup with Hermione, Ron, and the Weasleys. He wants to dream about Cho Chang, his crush (and maybe do more than dream). He wants to find out about the mysterious event involving two other rival schools of magic, and a competition that hasn't happened for a hundred years. He wants to be a normal, fourteen-year-old wizard. Unfortunately for Harry Potter, he's not normal - even by wizarding standards. And in this case, different can be deadly.