Happy spring, Calhoun! Break is upon us, offering lots of time to read print and digital books alike. International Women’s Day recently passed, sparking exciting conversations throughout Calhoun. Did you know that March is also National Craft Month? I don’t have any crafting books in this list, but it’s cool to know.
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Featured Books on Sora
RESPECT: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, by Carole Boston Weatherford
Smooth lines of poetry and Frank Morrison’s award-winning illustrations take you on a walk through the life and accomplishments of the one and only Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. If you’ve ever wondered why the Franklin Street subway station has signs that say “Respect” on the walls, this will give you an idea!
Hoot, by Carl Hiaasen
On his first day of school in Coconut Cove, Florida, Roy spies a mysterious shoe-less boy running from the school bus and senses a mystery. The trail leads him to a field of very cute (and very endangered) burrowing owls and a pancake restaurant chain planning to expand its empire. New friendships and wild shenanigans follow, including a trained alligator, several sparkly-tailed snakes, and a whole lot of pranks.
When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller
A tiger straight from Korean folklore offers Lily a deal that could save her grandmother’s life, in exchange for something stolen long ago. But Lily soon discovers that deals made with tigers are tricky things indeed, and she’ll have to find the courage to stand up for herself when she faces them. Find out what’s made this “sparkling tale about the power of stories” a 2020 New York Times bestseller and a two-time American Library Association award-winner.
Finish the Fight!: The Brave and Revolutionary Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote, by Veronica Chambers and the New York Times staff
It’s been 100 years since the suffragette movement secured voting rights for white American women, but the battle to vote has never stopped. While the layout of this book isn’t ideal for a digital format, a clickable table of contents and Sora’s font settings help make up for it. Ultimately, a comfortable and informative read with a lot of information about the suffragettes and voters rights activists you may have never heard of.
The Downstairs Girl, by Stacey Lee
The acclaimed YA author and founding member of We Need Diverse Books presents an “extraordinary social drama” set in 1890s Georgia. Jo Kuan is living a double life: by day she’s a lady’s maid for one of Atlanta’s wealthiest families, but at night she pens a popular advice column as the anonymous “Miss Sweetie.” Backlash builds as Jo uses her column to critique the society around her, and soon everyone is clamoring to unmask Miss Sweetie – just as a mysterious letter connected to Jo’s past puts her in the path of the city’s most notorious criminal.