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Author: Carole Lindstrom
Description: Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, We Are Water Protectors issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth's water from harm and corruption--a bold and lyrical picture book written by Carole Lindstrom and vibrantly illustrated by Michaela Goade.
Author: Joseph Bruchac
Description: Thirteen-year-old Uwohali has not seen his father, Sequoyah, for many years.
So when Sequoyah returns to the village, Uwohali is eager to reconnect. But Sequoyah’s new obsession with making strange markings causes friends and neighbors in their tribe to wonder whether he is crazy, or worse—practicing witchcraft.
What they don’t know, and what Uwohali discovers, is that Sequoyah is a genius and his strange markings are actually an alphabet representing the sounds of the Cherokee language.
Author: Cynthia Leitich Smith
Description: New York Times best-selling author Cynthia Leitich Smith turns to realistic fiction with the thoughtful story of a Native teen navigating the complicated, confusing waters of high school — and first love.
When Louise Wolfe’s first real boyfriend mocks and disrespects Native people in front of her, she breaks things off and dumps him over e-mail. It’s her senior year, anyway, and she’d rather spend her time with her family and friends and working on the school newspaper. The editors pair her up with Joey Kairouz, the ambitious new photojournalist, and in no time the paper’s staff find themselves with a major story to cover: the school musical director’s inclusive approach to casting The Wizard of Oz has been provoking backlash in their mostly white, middle-class Kansas town.
From the newly formed Parents Against Revisionist Theater to anonymous threats, long-held prejudices are being laid bare and hostilities are spreading against teachers, parents, and students — especially the cast members at the center of the controversy, including Lou’s little brother, who’s playing the Tin Man.
As tensions mount at school, so does a romance between Lou and Joey — but as she’s learned, “dating while Native” can be difficult. In trying to protect her own heart, will Lou break Joey’s?
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About Wizards Book of the Month
Make reading at home fun each month! Some parents are familiar with only a small selection of classic book titles or aren’t sure what titles to recommend for their children to read outside of the classroom. We wanted to select a Book of the Month that our entire Wizards community can read together.
In partnership with DC Public Library and Prince George's County Memorial Library System, the Wizards will highlight books for children in various age groups to read each month. Each month both library systems will select one book for readers grades K-2, one book for readers grades 3-5, and one book for readers grades 6-8 to explore. These books will be great for kids to read alone or for families to read together. Once your kids finish the book, let us know what you thought. Share your thoughts with us on social media @JrWizards and use hashtag #WizardsBookoftheMonth!
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