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Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Carolyn Mardsen
Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (2012, Feb 1st).
Nouri and his cousin Talib can only vaguely remember a time before tanks rumbled over the streets of their Baghdad neighborhood when books, not bombs, ruled Mutanabbi Street. War has been the backdrop of their young lives. And now Iraq isn't just at war with Americans. It's at war with itself. Sunnis fight Shiites, and the strife is at the boys' doorsteps. Nouri is Shiite and Talib is half Sunni. To the boys, it seems like only a miracle can mend the rift that is tearing a country and a family apart. In early 2008, Iraq experienced a miracle. Snow fell in Baghdad for the first time in living memory. As snow covered the dusty streets, the guns in the city grew silent and there was an unofficial ceasefire. During these magical minutes, Sunni and Shiite differences were forgotten. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Wes Tooke
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers (2012, Feb 21st).
Baseball legend Satchel Paige changes a boy’s life in this coming-of-age tale from the author of Lucky.Nick was going to be a star baseball player, no doubt about it. People for miles around talked about the twelve-year-old boy with the golden arm. And then Nick is diagnosed with polio—a life-threatening disease in the 1930s. Everyone is devastated, especially Nick’s father, who copes by closing off from his son. When Nick finally leaves the hospital he wants nothing more than to get back in the game, but he seems to be the only one who thinks it’s possible. But after he begins working for Mr. Churchill, the owner of a minor league team, Nick meets Satchel Paige, arguably the best player in baseball. Satchel faces obstacles of his own—his skin color prevents him from joining the major leagues—and he encourages Nick to overcome the odds and step out of the dugout. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Keiji Nakazawa
Publisher: Last Gasp of San Francisco (2004, Sep 1st).
This harrowing story of Hiroshima was one of the original Japanese manga series. New and unabridged, this is an all-new translation of the author's first-person experiences of Hiroshima and its aftermath, is a reminder of the suffering war brings to innocent people. Its emotions and experiences speak to children and adults everywhere. Volume one of this ten-part series details the events leading up to and immediately following the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Geoff Johns
Publisher: DC Comics (2010, Dec 7th).
Geoff Johns has written Infinite Crisis, 52, Green Lantern, X-Men, The Avengers, Superman, and much more. Peter Tomasi is the writer of The Light Brigade as well as stories for Outsiders and JSA Classified. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Mark Long
Publisher: First Second (2012, Jan 17th).
As the civil rights struggle heats up in Texas, two families—one white, one black—find common ground. This semi-autobiographical tale is set in 1967 Texas, against the backdrop of the fight for civil rights. A white family from a notoriously racist neighborhood in the suburbs and a black family from its poorest ward cross Houston’s color line, overcoming humiliation, degradation, and violence to win the freedom of five black college students unjustly charged with the murder of a policeman. The Silence of Our Friends follows events through the point of view of young Mark Long, whose father is a reporter covering the story. Semi-fictionalized, this story has its roots solidly in very real events. With art from the brilliant Nate Powell (Swallow Me Whole) bringing the tale to heart-wrenching life, The Silence of Our Friends is a new and important entry in the body of civil rights literature. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Anina Bennett
Publisher: Abrams Image (2012, Feb 1st).
Before Jules Verne’s flying machines and H. G. Wells’s spaceships, there was Frank Reade, globe-trotting inventor and original steampunk hero. Frank Reade magazines were the world’s first science fiction periodicals, enthralling millions of readers with tales of fantastic inventions and adventures. Now many of the spectacular images from the vintage dime novel series are being reprinted for the first time in more than a century, along with excerpts from the action-packed stories. In Frank Reade: Adventures in the Age of Invention, this lost legacy of Americana is interwoven with a biography of the "real" Reade family—inventors and explorers who traveled the world with their helicopter airships, submarines, and robots, and who encountered figures like Geronimo and Houdini. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Mike W. Barr
Publisher: DC Comics (2012, Mar 13th).
A collection of the three DEMON tales, each story explores the connection between Batman and the villain Ra's al Ghul. The first tale focuses on the two teaming up and a union between the Dark Knight and Talia al Ghul; the second focuses on Ra's attempting to father a heir; and the third explores the real story behind the seemingly immortal villain and his motivation for world domination. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Goran Sudzuka
Publisher: Vertigo (2012, Jan 31st).
The Adolescent Demo Division are the world's luckiest teen gamers. Raised from birth to test media, appear on reality TV and enjoy the fruits of corporate culture, the squad develop special abilities that make them the envy of the world--and a grave concern to their keepers.One by one, they "graduate" to new levels that are not what they seem. But their heightened abilities can only take them so far as the ultimate search for their birth families leads to an inconceivably harrowing discovery.Written by Douglas Rushkoff, world-renowned media theorist, Frontline TV correspondent and author (Ecstasy Club, Media Virus and Program or Be Programmed, TESTAMENT), with full color art by Goran Sudzuka and Jose Marzan Jr. (Y: THE LAST MAN). . moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Jhonen Vasquez
Publisher: SLG Publishing (1998, Aug 1st).
Jhonen Vasquez reluctantly lives in Southern California and is currently developing a cartoon for Nickelodeon. He likes spooky movies, sugary candy, and cool computer games. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Kim Vogel Sawyer
Publisher: Bethany House (2012, Feb 1st).
Bestselling Author Kim Vogel Sawyer Delivers Heartwarming Historical RomanceSadie Wagner has always been devoted to her family. So when her stepfather is injured and can't work, she decides to leave home and accept a position as a clerk at the mercantile in Goldtree, Kansas. Goldtree also offers the opportunity to use her God-given singing talent--though the promised opera house is far different from what she imagined. With her family needing every cent she can provide, Sadie will do anything to keep her job.Thad McKane comes to Goldtree at the request of the town council. The town has been plagued by bootlegging operations, and Thad believes he can find the culprit. After he earns enough money doing sheriff work, he wants to use it to pay for his training to become a minister. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability