No, I'm not just referencing the weather. I'm talking about the newest book in the Track series.
Sunny by Jason Reynolds (#3 -- April 10, 2018)
Sunny is just that—sunny. Always ready with a goofy smile and something nice to say, Sunny is the chillest dude on the Defenders team. But Sunny’s life hasn’t always been sun beamy-bright. You see, Sunny is a murderer. Or at least he thinks of himself that way. His mother died giving birth to him, and based on how Sunny’s dad treats him—ignoring him, making Sunny call him Darryl, never “Dad”—it’s no wonder Sunny thinks he’s to blame. It seems the only thing Sunny can do right in his dad’s eyes is win first place ribbons running the mile, just like his mom did. But Sunny doesn’t like running, never has. So he stops. Right in the middle of a race.
With his relationship with his dad now worse than ever, the last thing Sunny wants to do is leave the other newbies—his only friends—behind. But you can’t be on a track team and not run. So Coach asks Sunny what he wants to do. Sunny’s answer? Dance. Yes, dance. But you also can’t be on a track team and dance. Then, in a stroke of genius only Jason Reynolds can conceive, Sunny discovers a track event that encompasses the hard hits of hip-hop, the precision of ballet, and the showmanship of dance as a whole: the discus throw. As Sunny practices the discus, learning when to let go at just the right time, he’ll let go of everything that’s been eating him up inside, perhaps just in time.
There's a reading group guide if you want to share it with a class or book group. Trust me, you'll want to share it.
National Library Week 2018
I'm a bit behind in spreading the word. This is National Library Week! Celebrate libraries (especially Hoover Public) April 8-14, 2018! This year's theme is Libraries Lead. Let us lead you to your next favorite book, movie, or hobby. This year is a big deal because it is the 60th anniversary of NLW. There is a great article in the March/April 2018 issue of American Libraries magazine. Trust me -- it will be of interest to people other than librarians. Also, special thanks to Misty Copeland, our honorary chair of National Library Week 2018! Learn more about this bestselling author and American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer by reading one of her books.
Firebird: Ballerina Misty Copeland Shows a Young Girl How to Dance Like the Firebird by Misty Copeland & Christopher Myers (2014)
You Should Meet: Misty Copeland by Laurie Calkhoven (2016)
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Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present by Jamia Wilson & Andrea Pippins (2018)
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Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty Copeland with Charisse Jones (2014)