Student Book of the Month
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.
Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Dante can swim. Ari can't. Dante is articulate and self-assured. Ari has a hard time with words and suffers from self-doubt. Dante gets lost in poetry and art. Ari gets lost in thoughts of his older brother who is in prison. Dante is fair skinned. Ari's features are much darker. It seems that a boy like Dante, with his open and unique perspective on life, would be the last person to break down the walls that Ari has built around himself.
But against all odds, when Ari and Dante meet, they develop a special bond that will teach them the most important truths of their lives, and help define the people they want to be. But there are big hurdles in their way, and only by believing in each other―and the power of their friendship―can Ari and Dante emerge stronger on the other side.
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Teacher Book of the Month
The Light in Hidden Places
Reviewed by: E. Wierenga
The Light in Hidden Places is a captivating story that takes place in Poland during World War II. Closely based on the memoirs of a Polish woman, this carefully researched historical novel follows a brave young teenager who risks her life to protect and save 13 Jewish people, even with Nazis living under her own roof. This is a powerful glimpse into the strength of the human spirit, and how much one person was willing to risk and sacrifice for the sake of others. Out of the many books that I have read about this time period, this one was inspiring because of the courage that was displayed by one so young, and the difficult choices they faced on a daily basis about whether to take the easiest way out, or make a lasting impact on those around them.