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TALK BOOKS TUESDAY

New Talk Books Tuesday spotlights premiering every Tuesday at 4 PM!
Join us as our staff share some of their favorite books for young readers.

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 11/30/21
Other Words for Home and The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise with Shannon

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Shannon will be featuring Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award nominees for 6th - 8th grade, Other Words for Home by Jasmine Warga and The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart.

Other Words for Home: "Sent with her mother to the safety of a relative's home in Cincinnati when her Syrian community is overshadowed by violence, Jude worries for the beloved family members who were left behind and forges a new sense of identity shaped by friends and changing perspectives."

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise: "Twelve-year-old Coyote and her father rush to Poplin Springs, Washington, in their old school bus save a memory box buried in a park that will soon be demolished."

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 11/23/21
Mario & the Hole in the Sky & Max & the Midknights with Chelsea

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Chelsea will be featuring Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award 3rd - 5th grade nominees Mario & the Hole in the Sky by Elizabeth Rusch & Max & the Midknights by Lincoln Peirce.

Mario & the Hole in the Sky - "Mexican American Mario Molina is a modern-day hero who helped solve the ozone crisis of the 1980s. Growing up in Mexico City, Mario was a curious boy who studied hidden worlds through a microscope. As a young man in California, he discovered that CFCs, used in millions of refrigerators and spray cans, were tearing a hole in the earth's protective ozone layer. Mario knew the world had to be warned--and quickly."

Max & the Midknights - "Aspiring knight Max teams up with a band of brave adventurers, the Midknights, on a madcap quest to save a kidnapped relative from a cruel king who is driving all the happiness out of the realm of Byjovia."

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 11/16/21
Sorcery of Thorns and Slay with Jessica & Lori

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Jessica & Lori will be featuring Louisiana Teen Readers' Choice Award nominees for 9th-12th grade, Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson and Slay by Brittney Morris.

Sorcery of Thorns: "When apprentice librarian Elisabeth is implicated in sabotage that released the library's most dangerous grimoire, she becomes entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy that could mean the end of everything."

Slay: "An honors student at Jefferson Academy, seventeen-year-old Keira enjoys developing and playing Slay, a secret, multiplayer online role-playing game celebrating black culture, until the two worlds collide."

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 11/02/21
The Next Great Paulie Fink & The Okay Witch with Jolene

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Jolene will be featuring Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award nominees for 6th-8th grade, The Next Great Paulie Fink by Ali Benjamin and The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner.

"Led by new student Caitlyn, seventh-graders at a tiny rural school in Vermont create a reality-show inspired competition to determine who will replace the school's legendary class clown, Paulie Fink."

"Thirteen-year-old Moth Hush loves all things witchy. But she's about to discover that witches aren't just the stuff of movies, books, and spooky stories. When some eighth-grade bullies try to ruin her Halloween, something really strange happens. It turns out that Founder's Bluff, Massachusetts, has a centuries-old history of witch drama. And, surprise: Moth's family is at the center of it all! When Moth's new powers show up, things get totally out-of-control. She meets a talking cat, falls into an enchanted diary, and unlocks a hidden witch world. Secrets surface from generations past as Moth unravels the complicated legacy at the heart of her town, her family, and herself."

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 11/02/21
The Downstairs Girl & Hot Dog Girl with Crystal

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Crystal will be featuring Louisiana Teen Readers' Choice Award nominees The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee & Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan.

"1890, Atlanta. By day, seventeen-year-old Jo Kuan works as a lady's maid for the cruel Caroline Payne, the daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Atlanta. But by night, Jo moonlights as the pseudonymous author of a newspaper advice column for 'the genteel Southern lady'."

"Determined to have an epic summer, Lou takes a job as a dancing hot dog at Magic Castle Playland and is disappointed when her best friend Seeley, the carousel operator, is less than enthusiastic about helping her steal her crush from another girl."

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 11/02/21
Martin & Anne and Just Like Beverly with Tammy and Allison

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Tammy will be featuring Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award nominee Martin & Anne by Nancy Churnin, & Allison will be featuring Just Like Beverly by Vicki Conrad.

"Reflects upon the parallels drawn between the lives of Martin Luther King Jr. and Anne Frank, both born in 1929, and how their legacies of kindness, love, and peace have changed the world today."

"A beautifully illustrated children's biography of Beverly Cleary, from her roots in Portland to her years as a librarian and an eventual children's book writer."

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 10/26/21
Ordinary Hazards & Patron Saints of Nothing with Kristen

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Kristen will be featuring Teen Louisiana Teen Readers' Choice Award nominees Ordinary Hazards by Nikki Grimes & Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay.

"The author recounts her traumatic childhood, with a mother suffering from mental illness, unfortunate experiences in a series of foster homes, and her discovery of her love of writing, which eventually helped her overcome the hazards of her life."

"When seventeen-year-old Jay Reguero learns his Filipino cousin and former best friend, Jun, was murdered as part of President Duterte's war on drugs, he flies to the Philippines to learn more."

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 10/19/21
The Crayon Man & The Friendship War with Ashley

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Ashley will be featuring 3rd-5th grade nominees The Crayon Man by Natascha Biebow & The Friendship War by Andrew Clements.

"Here's the true story of an inventor who so loved nature's vibrant colors that he found a way to bring the outside world to children – in a bright green box for only a nickel! With experimentation, and a special knack for listening, Edwin Binney and his dynamic team at Crayola created one of the world's most enduring, best-loved childhood toys – empowering children to dream in COLOR!"

"When Grace takes boxes of old buttons from a building her grandfather bought, she starts a fad at school that draws her closer to one friend, but further from another."

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 10/12/21
Because of the Rabbit & Carter Reads the Newspaper with Luticia

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Luticia will be featuring 3rd-5th grade nominees Because of the Rabbit by Cynthia Lord & Carter Reads the Newspaper by Deborah Hopkinson.

"Accompanying her game warden father on a routine call on the last night of summer before she ends homeschooling and starts public school for the first time, young Emma finds herself caring for a baby bunny while navigating a project with an animal-loving boy who does not quite fit in."

"Recounts the early life of Carter Godwin Woodson, his education, and his efforts to preserve African American history, starting with the establishment of Negro History Week in 1926."

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 10/05/21
Maybe He Just Likes You with Allison

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Allison will be featuring 6th - 8th grade nominee Maybe He Just Likes You by Barbara Dee.

"A girl who receives repeated unwanted attention from the boys in her school begins doubting herself before rediscovering her voice in the mutually respectful environment of a new karate class."

TALK BOOKS TUESDAY: 09/28/21
Stay by Bobbie Pyron with Lisa

In this episode of Talk Books Tuesday, Lisa will be featuring Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award 3rd - 5th grade nominee Stay by Bobbie Pyron.

"When Piper and her family move into a homeless shelter in a new city, she misses her former life while also finding new friendships at Hope House, including a street dog named Baby, that Piper must protect from being taken away for good when Baby’s person goes missing."