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LeVar Burton
June 2021 Book Recommendations
Title: The Chicken Sisters
Author: KJ Dell'Antonia
Summary: In tiny Merinac, Kansas, Chicken Mimi's and Chicken Frannie's have spent a century vying to serve up the best fried chicken in the state--and the legendary feud between their respective owners, the Moores and the Pogociellos, has lasted just as long. No one feels the impact more than thirty-five-year-old widow Amanda Moore, who grew up working for her mom at Mimi's before scandalously marrying Frank Pogociello and changing sides to work at Frannie's. Tired of being caught in the middle, Amanda sends an SOS to Food Wars, the reality TV restaurant competition that promises $100,000 to the winner. But in doing so, she launches both families out of the frying pan and directly into the fire. -Amazon
Title: Frankly in Love
Author: David Yoon
Summary: High school senior Frank Li takes a risk to go after a girl his parents would never approve of, but his plans will leave him wondering if he ever really understood love--or himself--at all.  --From the publisher
Junior High
Title: Paola Santiago and the River of Tears
Author: Tehlor Kay Mejia
Summary: Paola has always been embarrassed by her mother’s superstitious beliefs. Her mom really believes La Llorona is lurking in the local river. Pao believes in science, but then her friend Emma disappears, and Paola discovers the truth. All those ridiculous stories actually are true, and Pao and her friend Dante will have to travel into the world of dreams to battle monsters and save Emma before it’s too late.  --TLA Lone Star List
Upper Elementary
Title: The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle
Author: Leslie Connor
Summary: Mason Buttle is the biggest, sweatiest kid in his grade, and everyone knows he can barely read or write. Mason's learning disabilities are compounded by grief. Fifteen months ago, Mason's best friend, Benny Kilmartin, turned up dead in the Buttle family's orchard. An investigation drags on, and Mason, honest as the day is long, can't understand why Lieutenant Baird won't believe the story Mason has told about that day. Both Mason and his new friend, tiny Calvin Chumsky, are relentlessly bullied by the other boys in their neighborhood, so they create an underground club space for themselves. When Calvin goes missing, Mason finds himself in trouble again. He's desperate to figure out what happened to Calvin, and eventually, Benny. But will anyone believe him?  --Amazon
Title: The Panda Problem
Author: Deborah Underwood
Summary: A narrator's story is disrupted by the main character, Panda, who refuses to play the part.  --From the publisher