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All of the award-contenders have been cleared from my house and are joining the Madison library collections. A few noteworthy titles to consider: Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan, Ruby Lee & Me by Shannon Hitchcock and Just My Luck by Cammie McGovern. In Save Me a Seat two very different boys are hoping for a place to belong at their school. This story has a very friendly Andrew Clements-esque vibe, and readers will find both Joe and Ravi super-relatable. Ruby Lee & Me is a story of family, integration and friendship in 1969 North Carolina. Both Ruby Lee & Me and Just My Luck have challenging siblings as part of their stories. In Just My Luck, Benny’s brother is autistic. His family is also dealing with Dad’s hospitalization. Benny’s mom looks to the bright side while Benny turns to his homemade stop-action animation Lego movies. These movies are my favorite part of the book – so wonderful and hilarious.
Elaine Fultz, SLMS/mls
I love being a school librarian. My profession is a perfect blend of encouraging curiosity and learning with both educators and students.