The Books We're Excited About this Week
What a Citizen Can Do by Dave Eggers Illustrated by Shawn Harris (Children's Non-Fiction)
Empowering and timeless, What Can a Citizen Do? is the latest collaboration from the acclaimed duo behind the bestselling Her Right Foot: Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris. This is a book for today's youth about what it means to be a citizen.
Mascot by Antony John (Middle-Grade Fiction)
This witty, heartfelt story about perseverance in the face of adversity is perfect for fans of R. J. Palacio, Cammie McGovern, and John David Anderson.
Noah Savino has been stuck in a wheelchair for months. He hates the way people treat him like he’s helpless now. He’s sick of going to physical therapy, where he isn’t making any progress. He’s tired of not having control over his own body. And he misses playing baseball—but not as much as he misses his dad, who died in the car accident that paralyzed Noah.
Here to Stay by Sara Farizan (Young Adult Fiction)
What happens when a kid who’s flown under the radar for most of high school gets pulled off the bench to make the winning basket in a varsity playoff game? Here to Stay is a painfully honest, funny, authentic story about growing up, speaking out, and fighting prejudice.
The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar (Fiction)
One September evening in 1785, the merchant Jonah Hancock hears urgent knocking on his front door. One of his captains is waiting eagerly on the step. He has sold Jonah’s ship for what appears to be a mermaid.
Read more at https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/1113246/the-mermaid-and-mrs-hancock/#8iQmj6mx2qFWlVQ5.99
She Would Be King by Wayétu Moore (Fiction)
Wayétu Moore’s powerful debut novel, She Would Be King, reimagines the dramatic story of Liberia’s early years through three unforgettable characters who share an uncommon bond. She Would Be King is a novel of profound depth set against a vast canvas and a transcendent debut from a major new author.
The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle (Fiction)
At one point or another, we’ve all been asked to name five people, living or dead, with whom we’d like to have dinner. Why do we choose the people we do? And what if that dinner was to actually happen? These are the questions Rebecca Serle contends within her utterly captivating novel, THE DINNER LIST, a story imbued with the same delightful magical realism as One Day, and the life-changing romance of Me Before You.
Accessory to War by Neil Degrasse Tyson and Avis Lang (Science and Technology & History)
In this fascinating foray into the centuries-old relationship between science and military power, acclaimed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and writer-researcher Avis Lang examine how the methods and tools of astrophysics have been enlisted in the service of war.
One Person, No Vote by Carol Anderson (History)
In her New York Times bestseller White Rage, Carol Anderson laid bare an insidious history of policies that have systematically impeded black progress in America, from 1865 to our combustible present. With One Person, No Vote, she chronicles a related history: the rollbacks to African American participation in the vote since the 2013 Supreme Court decision that eviscerated the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Known as the Shelby ruling, this decision effectively allowed districts with a demonstrated history of racial discrimination to change voting requirements without approval from the Department of Justice.