August 1, 2019

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When my parents met, it was love at first sight. They were standing on the terrace of an art school in an elegant palace known as the Museo Romantico, the Romantic Museum.
Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir
Margarita Engle

Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir

By: Margarita Engle
Recommended for grade(s): 7, 8

Margarita is a girl from two worlds. Her heart lies in Cuba, her mother's tropical island country, a place so lush with vibrant life that it seems like a fairy tale kingdom. But most of the time she lives in Los Angeles, lonely in the noisy city and dreaming of the summers when she can take a plane through the enchanted air to her beloved island. Words and images are her constant companions, friendly and comforting when the children at school are not. Finalist for the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award 2016.  —from the website of Simon & Schuster

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A Little in Love
Susan E. Fletcher

A Little in Love

By: Susan E. Fletcher
Recommended for grade(s): 8, 9

Paris, 1832. A girl lies alone in the darkness, clutching a letter to her heart. Eponine remembers being a child: her swing and the peach tree, and the baby brother she loved. But mostly she remembers being miserable. Taught to lie and cheat, and to hate the one girl, Cosette, who might have been her friend. Now, at sixteen, the two girls meet again, and Eponine has one more chance. But what is the price of friendship--the love of a boy? -- From Scholastic Inc.

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Art Attack: A Short Cultural History of the Avant-garde
Marc Aronson

Art Attack: A Short Cultural History of the Avant-garde

By: Marc Aronson
Recommended for grade(s): 9, 10

In the army, the advance guard is the first wave of soldiers who rush into enemy territory, risking their lives to map out the terrain. In the arts, the avant-garde consists of people who have devoted their talents, even their lives, to seeing the future and to confronting others with their visions. This intriguing introduction to modern art examines the avant-garde from its nineteenth-century origins in Paris to its meaning and influence today. It presents the visionaries who took the greatest risks, who saw the furthest, and who made the most challenging art-art that changed how we imagine our world. From cubism to pop art and beyond, this is the story not only of those risk takers, but of their creations and of the times in which they lived. --from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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Behind the Scenes at the Museum
Kate Atkinson

Behind the Scenes at the Museum

By: Kate Atkinson
Recommended for grade(s): 11, 12

Ruby Lennox begins narrating her life at the moment of conception, and from there takes us on a whirlwind tour of the twentieth century as seen through the eyes of an English girl determined to learn about her family and its secrets. Kate Atkinson's first novel is "a multigenerational tale of a spectacularly dysfunctional Yorkshire family and one of the funniest works of fiction to come out of Britain in years" (The New York Times Book Review). --From the website at Macmillan

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