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Meet our newest guest Librarian! Lora Siebert is the Youth Services Librarian/Collection Development Specialist at the Lake Villa District Library. The movie Wonder was just released, if you loved the book Lora has some suggestions for other books you will enjoy as well:
If you liked Wonder read These
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda (J FICTION ANGLEBERGER)*~
By Tom Angleberger
Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future.
A Boy Called Bat (J FICTION ARNOLD)~
By Elana K. Arnold
When his veterinarian mom brings home a stray baby skunk that needs rehabilitation before it can be placed in a wild animal shelter, Bat, who has autism, resolves to prove that he is up to the challenge of caring for the skunk permanently.
I, Emma Freke (J FICTION ATKINSON)*~
By E.J. Atkinson
Growing up near Boston with her free-spirited mother and old-world grandfather, twelve-year-old Emma has always felt out of place but when she attends the family reunion her father’s family holds annually in Wisconsin, she is in for some surprises.
The Thing About Jellyfish(J FICTION BENJAMIN)*~
By Ali Benjamin
After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy was a rare jellyfish sting. Retreating into a silent world of imagination, she crafts a plan to prove her theory–even if it means traveling the globe, alone.
Because of Mr. Terupt (J FICTION BUYEA)*~
By Rob Buyea
Seven fifth-graders at Snow Hill School in Connecticut relate how their lives are changed for the better by rookie teacher Mr. Terupt.
Forever, or a Long, Long Time (J FICTION CARTER)~
By Caela Carter
Having shared so many foster homes that they are unable to trust that the family that has adopted them will last, Flora and her brother, Julian, are assisted by their new mother on a journey to resolve their past so that they can build a future.
Summerlost (J FICTION CONDIE)~
By Allyson Condie
Following the sudden deaths of her father and autistic younger brother, Cedar Lee spends the summer working at a Shakespearean theater festival, making a new friend, and coming to terms with her grief.
Sticks & Stones(J FICTION COOPER)
By Abby Cooper
Ever since she was a baby, the words people use to describe Elyse have instantly appeared on her arms and legs. Now Elyse is starting middle school, and just when her friends who used to accept and protect her are drifting away, she receives an anonymous note saying, ‘I know who you are, and I know what you’re dealing with. I want to help.’
The Lotterys Plus One(J FICTION DONOGHUE)~
By Emma Donoghue
Once upon a time, two couples with Jamaican, Mohawk, Indian, and Scottish ethnic roots won the lottery and bought a big house where all of them, four adults and seven adopted and biological children, could live together in harmony–but change is inevitable, especially when a disagreeable grandfather comes to stay.
Out of My Mind (J FICTION DRAPER)*~
By Sharon M. Draper
A brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy, considered by many to be mentally retarded, discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.
Mockingbird: (Mok’ing-bûrd) (J FICTION ERSKINE)*
By Kathryn Erskine
Ten-year-old Caitlin, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, struggles to understand emotions, show empathy, and make friends at school, while at home she seeks closure by working on a project with her father.
The Thing About Georgie(J FICTION GRAFF)~
By Lisa Graff
Georgie’s dwarfism causes problems, but he could always rely on his parents, his best friend, and classmate Jeanie the Meanie’s teasing, until a surprising announcement, a new boy in school, and a class project shake things up.
When Friendship Followed Me Home(J FICTION GRIFFIN)~
By Paul Griffin
Seventh-grader Ben, always an outsider, is led into a deep friendship with Halley, who is being treated for cancer, by the special dog he and his adoptive mother take in.
Fish in a Tree (J FICTION HUNT)*~
By Linda Mullaly Hunt
Ally’s greatest fear is that everyone will find out she is as dumb as they think she is because she still doesn’t know how to read.
Love, Aubrey (J FICTION LAFLEUR)*~
By Suzanne M. LaFleur
While living with her Gram in Vermont, eleven-year-old Aubrey writes letters as a way of dealing with losing her father and sister in a car accident, and then being abandoned by her grief-stricken mother.
Rain Reign (J FICTION MARTIN)*~
By Ann M. Martin
Struggling with Asperger’s, Rose shares a bond with her beloved dog, but when the dog goes missing during a storm, Rose is forced to confront the limits of her comfort levels, even if it means leaving her routines in order to search for her pet.
Threads (J FICTION POLONSKY)
By Ami Polonsky
The day twelve-year-old Clara finds a desperate note in a purse in a department store, she is still reeling from the death of her adopted sister. By that day, thirteen-year-old Yuming has lost hope that the note she stashed in the purse will ever be found. She may be stuck sewing in the pale pink factory outside of Beijing forever.
The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky (J FICTION SCHINDLER)
By Holly Schindler
Auggie and her grandfather use found objects to transform the appearance of their home and, in the process, change a whole town’s perceptions of beauty and art.
Counting by 7s (J FICTION SLOAN)*~
By Holly Goldberg Sloan
Twelve-year-old genius and outsider Willow Chance must figure out how to connect with other people and find a surrogate family for herself after her parents are killed in a car accident.
Hound Dog True (J FICTION URBAN)~
By Linda Urban
Mattie, a shy fifth-grader, wants to hide out at her new school by acting as apprentice to her Uncle Potluck, the custodian, but her plan falls apart when she summons the courage to speak about what matters most and finds a true friend.
Save Me a Seat (J FICTION WEEKS)*~
By Sarah Weeks and Gita
Ravi has just moved to the United States from India and has always been at the top of his class; Joe has lived in the same town his whole life and has learning problems–but when their lives intersect in the first week of fifth grade they are brought together by a common enemy (the biggest bully in their class) and the need to take control of their lives.
Warp Speed (J FICTION YEE)~
By Lisa Yee
Marley Sandelski has always felt invisible at school when he is not facing bullies, but a series of unexpected events gives him a taste of popularity and insights into some classmates, well-liked or greatly-feared.
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