The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.
CILIP Carnegie Medal 2019 | National Book Award 2018 | Michael L.Printz Award | Pura Belpre Award | Boston Globe-Hornbook Award
Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina
Merci Suárez knew that sixth grade would be different, but she had no idea just how different. For starters, Merci has never been like the other kids at her private school in Florida, because she and her older brother, Roli, are scholarship students. They don't have a big house or a fancy boat, and they have to do extra community service to make up for their free tuition. So when bossy Edna Santos sets her sights on the new boy who happens to be Merci's school-assigned Sunshine Buddy, Merci becomes the target of Edna's jealousy. Things aren't going well at home, either: Merci's grandfather and most trusted ally, Lolo, has been acting strangely lately -- forgetting important things, falling from his bike, and getting angry over nothing. No one in her family will tell Merci what's going on, so she's left to her own worries, while also feeling all on her own at school
Newbery Medal 2019
Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
In 1350, a boy with a large hump on his back becomes the servant of a shadowy pilgrim on his way to Rome, who pulls the boy into a dangerous expedition across Europe to gather the seven precious relics of Saint Peter.
Newbery Honor 2019
Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds
This story was going to begin like all the best stories. With a school bus falling from the sky. But no one saw it happen. Jason Reynolds conjures ten tales (one per block) about what happens after the dismissal bell rings, and brilliantly weaves them into one wickedly funny, piercingly poignant look at the detours we face on the walk home, and in life.
National Book Award Finalist | School Library Journal Best Middle Grade Book of 2019 | A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2019
Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
In a near-future society that claims to have gotten rid of all monstrous people, a creature emerges from a painting seventeen-year-old Jam's mother created, a hunter from another world seeking a real-life monster. There are no monsters anymore. In the city of Lucille, Jam and her best friend, Redemption, have grown up with this lesson all their lives. Then Jam meets Pet, a creature made of horns and colors and claws, who emerges from one of her mother's paintings and a drop of Jam's blood. Pet has come to hunt a monster-- and the shadow of something grim lurks in Redemption's house. How do you save the world from monsters if no one will admit they exist?
National Book Award Finalist Nominee for Young People's Literature (2019)
Ο μικρός μονομάχος της Βασιλικής Νευροκοπλή
Δύο είναι οι κόσμοι του Αργύρη. Ο κόσμος του σχολείου και ο ηλεκτρονικός. Στον πρώτο ασφυκτιά, στον δεύτερο απελευθερώνεται. Στον έναν θυμάται όσα θέλει να ξεχάσει, στον άλλον ξεχνάει όσα δε θέλει να θυμάται. Μέχρι τη στιγμή που μια παρατεταμένη διακοπή ρεύματος θα αφαιρέσει από τη ζωή του και τους δύο κόσμους. Οι εφιάλτες του θα ζωντανέψουν, οι μνήμες του θα ξυπνήσουν, οι απορίες του θα γιγαντωθούν. Γύρω του και μέσα του όλα σκοτεινιάζουν , όπως τότε... Θα παραδοθεί και πάλι στο σκοτάδι, σαν δειλός και συνεσταλμένος που λένε όλοι πως είναι, ή θα παλέψει μαζί του γενναία, όπως πάλεψαν κάποτε οι μονομάχοι τους Ρωμαίους κατακτητές;
Βραβείο Ελληνικού Τμήματος της ΙΒΒΥ 2019
Κιμ του Rudyard Kipling
Δημοσιευμένο το 1901, το αριστούργημα του Κίπλινγκ αφηγείται την ενηλικίωση του μικρού και πανέξυπνου Κιμ, του «Μικρού Φίλου του Κόσμου Όλου», και τη διαχρονική ιστορία της σχέσης δασκάλου και μαθητή, σοφίας και αφοσίωσης. Το βασικό μοτίβο του μυθιστορήματος είναι η ζωή στους δρόμους της Ινδίας με τα καραβάνια, τις κοινωνικές ανισότητες και τα ανατολίτικα παραμύθια που απεικονίζουν την ποικιλία της ζωής σ' ένα όμορφο αλλά εχθρικό περιβάλλον, κάτω από την ταραχώδη εξουσία του Βρετανού Ράτζα. Μια νέα μετάφραση του κλασικού μυθιστορήματος.
Ξυπόλυτοι ήρωες της Αλεξάνδρας Μητσιάλη
Ένα ιστορικό μυθιστόρημα για την Κατοχή και την Αντίσταση, για το ξυπόλυτο τάγμα και το ξεκλήρισμα των Εβραίων της πόλης. ΟΙ Ξυπόλυτοι ήρωες είναι πάνω από όλα η ιστορία των απλών, καθημερινών ανθρώπων της που απέκτησαν το ανάστημα όσων γράφουν την ιστορία με τις ίδιες τους τις πράξεις.
Βραβείο Ελληνικού Τμήματος της ΙΒΒΥ
Ομήρου Ιλιάδα του Μιχάλη Γκανά
Μια πρωτότυπη νέα Ιλιάδα ξαναγραμμένη από έναν σύγχρονο δημιουργό. Ο Μιχάλης Γκανάς μετά το επιτυχημένο του εγχείρημα να ξαναγράψει την Οδύσσεια, ξαναλέει και την Ιλιάδα με τον δικό του τρόπο, βάζοντας μέσα στο κείμενο στοιχεία από την πλούσια γλωσσική και ποιητική μας παράδοση.
1919 the Year That Changed America by Martin W. Sandler
1919 was a world-shaking year. America was recovering from World War I and black soldiers returned to racism so violent that that summer would become known as the Red Summer. The suffrage movement had a long-fought win when women gained the right to vote. Laborers took to the streets to protest working conditions; nationalistic fervor led to a communism scare; and temperance gained such traction that prohibition went into effect. Each of these movements reached a tipping point that year.
National Book Award 2019
The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander; Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
An ode to black American triumph and tribulation, with art from a two-time Caldecott Honoree. Originally performed for ESPN's The Undefeated, this poem is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world's greatest heroes. The text is also peppered with references to the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others, offering deeper insights into the accomplishments of the past, while bringing stark attention to the endurance and spirit of those surviving and thriving in the present. Robust back matter at the end provides valuable historical context and additional detail for those wishing to learn more.
Maker Lab by Jack Challoner
Supporting STEAM education initiatives and the Maker Movement, the National Parenting Publication Award-winner Maker Lab includes 28 kid-safe projects and crafts that will get young inventors' wheels turning and make science pure fun. Each step-by-step activity is appropriate for kids ages 8-12, and ranked easy, medium, or hard, with an estimated time frame for completion. Requiring only household materials, young makers can build an exploding volcano, race balloon rocket cars, construct a lemon battery, make sticky slime, and more. Photographs and facts carefully detail the "why" and "how" of each experiment using real-world examples to provide context so kids can gain a deeper understanding of the scientific principles applied. With a foreword by Jack Andraka, a teen award-winning inventor, Maker Lab will help kids find their inner inventor and create winning projects for school projects, science fairs, and beyond.
2651 ημέρες δικτατορίας by Μαρίζα Ντεκάστρο
Η δικτατορία κράτησε 2651 ημέρες! Το βιβλίο αρχίζει την 21η Απριλίου 1967 που η συγγραφέας πήγαινε στη Β' Γυμνασίου και τελειώνει στις 24 Ιουλίου 1974 που έπεσε η χούντα και είχε πλέον ενηλικιωθεί. Είναι ένα βιβλίο αναμνήσεων από τη ζωή των νέων εκείνα τα χρόνια, δικών της αναμνήσεων, των συμμαθητών και των μετέπειτα φίλων της. Είναι για όλα εκείνα που σημάδεψαν τους νέους και τους άλλαξαν, τις καθημερινές εμπειρίες, την πολιτική κατάσταση στην Ελλάδα και τα διεθνή γεγονότα της κάθε χρονιάς που τους επηρέασαν
Το όνειρο του Ιωάννη by Έλσα Μυρογιάννη
Από το οικογενειακό κτήμα στα Επισκοπιανά της Κέρκυρας, ο Ιωάννης Καποδίστριας βρέθηκε αρκετά νέος να σταδιοδρομεί ως διπλωμάτης στην Ευρώπη του Ναπολέοντα. Η μόρφωση, η πατρική επιρροή, η εμπειρία του στην Επτάνησο Πολιτεία οδήγησαν σε μια ζωή γεμάτη προκλήσεις. Ταξίδεψε σε όλη την Ευρώπη, υπηρέτησε μια τεράστια αυτοκρατορία, συνεργάστηκε ή συγκρούστηκε με τις μεγαλύτερες πολιτικές φυσιογνωμίες της εποχής του. Αλλά δεν ήταν ζωή χωρίς δυσκολίες: μακριά από την πατρίδα, συχνά χωρίς φίλους, με περιορισμένα μέσα και βαριές ευθύνες, αναγκάστηκε τελικά να εγκαταλείψει μια ζηλευτή σταδιοδρομία για λόγους προσωπικής και πολιτικής ηθικής. Μέχρι που εκλέχτηκε κυβερνήτης της ρημαγμένης Ελλάδας, μιας χώρας που γνώριζε μόνο από τα διαβάσματά του...
In an American suburb in the early 1980s, students at a highly competitive performing arts high school struggle and thrive in a rarified bubble, ambitiously pursuing music, movement, Shakespeare, and, particularly, their acting classes. When within this striving "Brotherhood of the Arts," two freshmen, David and Sarah, fall headlong into love, their passion does not go unnoticed--or untoyed with--by anyone, especially not by their charismatic acting teacher, Mr. Kingsley. The outside world of family life and economic status, of academic pressure and of their future adult lives, fails to penetrate this school's walls--until it does, in a shocking spiral of events that catapults the action forward in time and flips the premise upside-down. What the reader believes to have happened to David and Sarah and their friends is not entirely true--though it's not false, either. It takes until the book's stunning coda for the final piece of the puzzle to fall into place--revealing truths that will resonate long after the final sentence.
National Book Award for Fiction 2019
Set in contemporary times, Baron Wenckheim's Homecoming tells the story of a Prince Myshkin-like figure, Baron Béla Wenckheim, who returns at the end of his life to his provincial Hungarian hometown. Having escaped from his many casino debts in Buenos Aires, where he was living in exile, he longs to be reunited with his high-school sweetheart Marika. Confusions abound, and what follows is an endless storm of gossip, con men, and local politicians, vividly evoking the small town's alternately drab and absurd existence. All along, the Professor--a world-famous natural scientist who studies mosses and inhabits a bizarre Zen-like shack in a desolate area outside of town--offers long rants and disquisitions on his attempts to immunize himself from thought. Spectacular actions are staged as death and the abyss loom over the unsuspecting townfolk.
National Book Award for Translated Literature 2019
Peter Handke who won Nobel Prize in Literature "for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience." He is an avant-garde Austrian novelist, playwright, poet, film director and screenwriter. Despite having controversial opinions on the Yugoslav Wars he has been awarded many awards for his work.
The so called American Nobel the Neustadt International Prize for Literature was awarded to Ismail Kadare. He is probably the most well known Albanian novelist. His work is mostly about the modern Albanian society and the communist regime. Cultural identity and autocracy are predominant themes in his novels.
Andrea Camilleri (1925 - 2019) was one of the greatest contemporary Italian writers. He was mostly known for his detective stories of Inspector Montalbano. His work was quite influenced by Pirandello with whom he had the same origin from Sicily, and has directed many of his plays during his studies. Camilleri was recognized and honored many times for his work not just in Italy but internationally as well.
Toni Morrison (1931 -2019) was one of the most distinguished representative of African-American literature. Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature (1993) and the Pulitzer Prize for fiction (1988) among other awards, she captures very vividly in her books the American reality thourh her African American characters.
Nanos Valaoritis (1921 - 2019) was a notable Greek writer great-grandson of Aristotelis Valaoritis. He fled Greece after the WWII and lived abroad for decades in London, Paris and San Fransisco were he met with very influential literary people. He is mostly known for his poetry, however he has published prose and essays as well.
An intimate, powerful, and galvanizing memoir by Pulitzer Prize winner, human rights advocate, and former UN Ambassador Samantha Power. In her memoir, Power offers an urgent response to the question "What can one person do?" and a call for a clearer eye, a kinder heart, and a more open and civil hand in our politics and daily lives. The Education of an Idealist traces Power's extraordinary journey, from Irish immigrant to human rights activist to US Ambassador to the United Nations. A humorous, stirring, and ultimately unforgettable account of the world-changing power of idealism and of one person's fierce determination to make a difference.
New York Times Notable Book 2019 | Wall Street Journal Bestseller
Underland by Robert Macfarlane
In Underland, Macfarlane delivers his masterpiece: an epic exploration of the Earth's underworlds as they exist in myth, literature, memory, and the land itself. He takes us on an extraordinary journey into our relationship with darkness, burial, and what lies beneath the surface of both place and mind. Traveling through "deep time"--the dizzying expanses of geologic time that stretch away from the present--he moves from the birth of the universe to a post-human future, from the prehistoric art of Norwegian sea caves to the blue depths of the Greenland ice cap, from Bronze Age funeral chambers to the catacomb labyrinth below Paris, and from the underground fungal networks through which trees communicate to a deep-sunk "hiding place" where nuclear waste will be stored for 100,000 years to come. Woven through Macfarlane's own travels are the unforgettable stories of descents into the underland made across history by explorers, artists, cavers, divers, mourners, dreamers, and murderers, all of whom have been drawn for different reasons to seek what Cormac McCarthy calls "the awful darkness within the world." Global in its geography and written with great lyricism and power, Underland speaks powerfully to our present moment. At once ancient and urgent, this is a book that will change the way you see the world
Bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson is known for the unflinching way she writes about, and advocates for, survivors of sexual assault. Now, inspired by her fans and enraged by how little in our culture has changed since her groundbreaking novel Speak was first published twenty years ago, she has written a poetry memoir that is as vulnerable as it is rallying, as timely as it is timeless. In free verse, Anderson shares her life and calls women to action through deeply personal stories from her life that she's never written about before. Searing and soul-searching, this important memoir is a denouncement of our society's failures and a love letter to all the people with the courage to say #MeToo and #TimesUp, whether aloud, online, or only in their own hearts. Shout speaks truth to power in a loud, clear voice--and once you hear it, it is impossible to ignore.
Sight lines by
From the current phenomenon of drawing calligraphy with water in public parks in China to Thomas Jefferson laying out dinosaur bones on the White House floor, from the last sighting of the axolotl to a man who stops building plutonium triggers, Sight Lines moves through space and time and brings the disparate and divergent into stunning and meaningful focus. In this new work, Arthur Sze employs a wide range of voices--from lichen on a ceiling to a man behind on his rent--and his mythic imagination continually evokes how humans are endangering the planet; yet, balancing rigor with passion, he seizes the significant and luminous and transforms these moments into riveting and enduring poetry.
National Book Award for Poetry 2019
Greece : biography of a modern nation by
We think we know ancient Greece, the civilization that shares the same name and gave us just about everything that defines 'western' culture today, in the arts, sciences, social sciences and politics. Yet, as Greece has been brought under repeated scrutiny during the financial crises that have convulsed the country since 2010, worldwide coverage has revealed just how poorly we grasp the modern nation. This book sets out to understand the modern Greeks on their own terms.
How did Greece come to be so powerfully attached to the legacy of the ancients in the first place, and then to define an identity for its people that is at once Greek and modern? This book reveals the remarkable achievement, during the last 300 years, of building a modern nation on, sometimes literally, the ruins of a vanished civilization. This is the story of the Greek nation state but also, and perhaps more fundamentally, of the collective identity that goes with it. It is not only a history of events and high politics, it is also a history of culture, of the arts, of people and of ideas.
At age twenty-five, Andrea Lee joined her husband, a Harvard doctoral candidate in Russian history, for his eight months’ study at Moscow State University and an additional two months in Leningrad. Published to enormous critical acclaim in 1981, Russian Journal is the award-winning author’s penetrating, vivid account of her everyday life as an expatriate in Soviet culture, chronicling her fascinating exchanges with journalists, diplomats, and her Soviet contemporaries. The winner of the Jean Stein Award from the National Academy of Arts and Letters–and the book that launched Lee’s career as a writer–Russian Journal is a beautiful and clear-eyed travel-writing classic.