Staff Selections Kids


A Long Walk to Water
Linda Sue Park

With her characteristic deftness and sensitivity, Newbery medalist Linda Sue Park recreates the plight of migratory Sudanese children who face the trials of a harsh environment, scarce resources and limited opportunity, and lives marked with social and political turmoil. This novel weaves together the stories of Nya, a girl whose life is transformed by the creation of a freshwater well in her village, and the true-life saga of Salva, one of the “lost boys” of Sudan, and his years-journey from Sudan to Ethiopia and Kenya to Rochester, New York and back. This story will give readers an insight into a world unknown to many, and can inspire social activism.


Rachel Hartman

After years of horrific war, dragons and humans finally negotiated a treaty and have lived in peace, albeit an uneasy one, for decades.  As the anniversary of the treaty approaches, events occur that seem to point the blame at the dragons, and another war could begin.  Seraphina lives at the palace as assistant court musician, and soon finds herself allied with the Prince to help solve the puzzle behind the crimes.  Masterfully written, Seraphina is less a fantasy and more of a medieval story, filled with the intrigues of the court, that just happens to have dragons as part of the population.  Seraphina herself is a wonderful character, and readers will be swept up in her amazing journey of danger, sleuthing and self-discovery.


Eleanor and Park
Rainbow Rowell

Two intelligent sixteen-year-old misfits … Tall, stout, new girl Eleanor with her wild red hair and mismatched hand-me-down clothes is a target for the popular high school crowd.  Korean American Park strives to stay under their radar, reading his X-Men comics, listening to the Smiths and punk rock, never speaking out in class.  Inadvertently meeting during an uncomfortable bullying scene on the school bus, Eleanor and Park develop a bond that leads to friendship and first love.  Although the time period is 1986, today’s senior high teens will recognize themselves and friends in this quirky, engaging, immensely satisfying tale.