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Glick's Picks for Summer Reading

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Book Recommendations - Glick’s Picks

"Glick's Picks" will run each week this summer with reading recommendations for Baltimore County Public Schools students and families. Fran Glick is the BCPS coordinator of library media programs and digital resources, and under her leadership, BCPS was named National School Library Program of the Year 2017 by the American Association of School Librarians. Glick loves to share literature with students, and, as an adjunct professor at Towson University, she teaches courses in children's and young adult literature. She delights in suggesting books for students and introducing adults to the power of books written for children and teens. 

Happy reading!

Grades K-3

Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers and illustrated by Shawn Harris

Did you know that the famous landmark known as Lady Liberty was a gift to America?  It’s incredible to imagine that one of our most well-known symbols was given to us.  Her Right Foot tells the story of the Statue of Liberty’s long journey from Paris, France to New York Harbor. She's a gift of friendship that came to represent hope and freedom for the millions of people seeking refuge and opportunity within America’s shores. This beautiful book focuses on the statue and centers on the significance of her right foot and how she remains on the move to represent our ideals of life and liberty. This charming story and beautiful illustrations will inspire you.

Grades 4-5

Wish by Barbara O’Connor

Do you make wishes? All of her life, Charlie's made a wish every day. She has a whole list of ways that one can make wishes, 11:11 on the clock, first star, crossing the state line (clapping 3 times), bird singing at night, etc. Her wishes are kept to herself as she is afraid that sharing them won’t let them come true.  You’ll be charmed by Charlie and her wishes and the power of her transformation.

Grades 6-8

All Rise by Leslie Connor

Perry lives at the Blue River Co-Ed Correctional Facility, where he's stayed since birth with his mother, Jessica. Despite the circumstances, they have created a sense of family and routine. Nearing the end of her sentence, Jessica is up for parole, and she and Perry are eager to start a new life on the outside. Opposing Jessica's parole is the county's district attorney, Tom VanLeer, stepfather of Perry's best friend. VanLeer is outraged that a child was raised in a prison and demands that Perry live with the VanLeers while the case is sorted out. You’ll root for Perry and his determination as you watch him navigate his life outside of Blue River.

Grades 9-12

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sanchez

Julia Reyes is a smart, brash, and rebellious teen who lives in a tough Chicago neighborhood with her parents and her stay-at-home sister, Olga, who never gives her parents any trouble. But after Olga is killed in an accident, Julia discovers that her sister may not have been as saintly as everyone believed. As Julia tries to uncover her sister's secrets, she also discovers the secrets that have made her parents so fearful of Julia building a different life for herself. 

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