An easygoing gorilla named Ivan is the narrator of this year’s Newbery Award winner, “The One and Only Ivan,” written by Katherine Applegate. It is a recent addition to the middle grade (ages 8 – 12) fiction collection at the Abington Community Library. Ivan has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall where humans come to watch him and his friends, Stella, an elderly elephant and Bob, a stray dog. Mostly, though, Ivan thinks about art and how he can capture tastes and sounds with color, until he meets Ruby, a baby elephant who has been added to the mall attractions and he decides it is up to him to find her a better life. The annual Newbery Award recipient is decided on by a committee selected to pick the best children’s book published in the previous year in the United States.
New Young Adult Fiction
“The Lazarus Machine,” by Paul Crilley. In an alternate 1899 London, 17-year-old Sebastian Tweed searches for his kidnapped father, uncovering both a horrific technological secret and a political conspiracy that could destroy the British Empire. Tweed teams up with information broker Octavia Nightingale as he races to unmask a murderous, masked gang and thwart the diabolical villain, Professor Moriarty.
“Death of a Kleptomaniac,” by Kristen Tracy. A 16-year-old girl with the uncontrollable urge to steal is trapped in limbo with three days before her funeral to find redemption and true love.
“Period 8,” by Chris Crutcher. Period 8 has always been a safe haven and high school senior Paulie “The Bomb” Baum a constant attendee, but as Paulie, Hannah, their friends, and a sympathetic teacher try to unravel the mystery of a missing classmate, the ultimate bully takes aim at the school.
“Panic,” by Sharon Draper. As rehearsals begin for the ballet version of “Peter Pan,” the teenaged members of an Ohio dance troupe lose their focus when one of their own goes missing.
The annual Summer Reading Programs held at the library will begin registration June 10. There will be programs for all ages: adults, teens, and children. Watch for more information in the coming weeks.