Tuesdays with Tundra is a monthly post on our new releases. The following books are available today in stores and online!
Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess
by Janet Hill
Hardcover | 48 Pages | Ages 4-8
“Twenty succinct bits of advice for living are accompanied by whimsical oil paintings of an English governess and her canine charges. A wide variety of dog breeds are accurately portrayed in a post-impressionist style—except for the anthropomorphic details that cannot help but charm viewers…. And what a talent Hill has for that mea culpa doggy look! The fair, red-haired governess—impeccable in her long, white-collared dress—always appears kind, unflappable, and dignified … every picture is indeed worth a thousand words. Enchanting for dog lovers.” – Kirkus Review
by Ashley Spires
Hardcover | 32 Pages | Ages 4-8
“Spires makes it her own, bringing a playful touch to her writing and artwork. In fact, insofar as this is a message book, the real takeaway is less ‘know your limits’ than ‘nothing ventured, nothing gained.’ By book’s end, Andrew has returned to his love of acting and cleared his schedule, but he’s also become a cinephile—something he might never have discovered without a stint in French film club.” – Publishers Weekly
Heart of a Champion
Written by Ellen Schwartz
Hardcover | 272 Pages | Ages 9-12
Ten-year-old Kenny (Kenji in Japanese) worships his older brother, Mickey (Mitsuo), a baseball hero whose outstanding performance on the Asahi baseball team has given him fame and popularity. Despite Kenny’s suspected heart condition, he is determined to practice secretly with Mickey so he, too, can one day try out for the Asahi. But world events soon overtake life in this quiet community. When Japan attacks Pearl Harbor in 1941, everything for Kenny and his family spirals out of control: schools are closed, businesses are confiscated, fathers are arrested and sent to work camps in the BC interior and mothers and children are relocated to internment camps.
The Skeleton Tree
Written by Iain Lawrence
Hardcover | 288 Pages | Ages 8-12
“Fans of Hatchet and Lord of the Flies will be drawn to this harrowing survival story from Lawrence (The Winter Pony), which offers psychological suspense and action in equal measure.” – Publishers Weekly
“The immense forest; its wolves, ravens, bears; the night’s shimmering aurora and myriad stars—all of these are majestic but not friendly. Against this vividly realized backdrop, the boys’ connection is tested. However fragile, fractious, flawed, it’s their lifeline. Unsettling and compelling, a gripping, evocative read.” – Kirkus Reviews
To the Rescue! Garrett Morgan Underground
Written by Monica Kulling
Illustrated by David Parkins
Hardcover | 32 Pages | Ages 5-8
“This addition to the invention-focused Great Ideas series focuses on Garrett Morgan, a son of freed slaves who pursued a life beyond tilling Kentucky fields…. Parkins’s handsomely detailed illustrations offer occasional moments of subtle humor, as when Morgan tries out his hair-straightening cream on a neighbor’s pet Airedale—with success! Kulling conveys the impact of racial prejudice on Morgan while celebrating his achievements: when workers digging a tunnel under Lake Erie became trapped after an explosion, the safety hood enabled their rescue. Available simultaneously: Clean Sweep! Frank Zamboni’s Ice Machine.” – Publishers Weekly
Clean Sweep! Frank Zamboni’s Ice Machine
Written by Monica Kulling
Illustrated by Renné Benoit
Hardcover | 32 Pages | Ages 5-8
When Frank Zamboni, along with his brother and cousin, opened their own skating rink in 1940 in Paramount, California, it could take an hour and a half for a crew to resurface the ice. They had to level the surface by shaving down the pits and grooves with a tractor, remove the shavings, wash the ice and find a way to give the rink its shining finish. Skaters became exasperated with the wait, so Frank was determined to do something about it. Could he turn a ninety-minute job for five men into a ten-minute task for only one? Working in the shed behind his ice rink, Frank drew designs and built models of machines he hoped would do the job. For nine years, he worked on his invention, each model an improvement on the one before. Finally, in 1949, Frank tested the Model A, which ‘cleaned the ice in one sweep around the rink.’ The rest is history.
Pub Date Giveaway: In the comments below, please tell us which new January 2016 release of Tundra’s you would love to read and one lucky reader will receive their requested book! One request per person and please review our rules. This giveaway ends at midnight on Monday, January 18, 2016!
UPDATE: Congratulations to Rebecca who will be getting a copy of Clean Sweep!
18 Replies to “Tuesdays with Tundra 52”
Miss Moon looks like a super cute book! I would love to be a dog governess!!
Wow, so hard to choose between them. Right now I’m thinking Clean Sweep, but I’ll probably change my mind in five minutes.
Over-Scheduled Andrew looks great!
Wow! All of these sound incredibly intriguing! I think my pick would be Heart of a Champion, this time. Thanks Tundra 🙂
I’m going to vote with Joy and pick Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess! My daughter is really into dogs right now, so this would be ideal!
Clean Sweep! Frank Zamboni’s Ice Machine, please.
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I would love to spend some time with Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess. Thanks!
My pick this time is The Skeleton Tree; but they really do all sound good.
To the Rescue sounds exciting!
I need to learn more from Ashley Spires over scheduled Andrew! even though it’s fiction I think I would lovaern a lot from it
They all look great! The Skeleton Tree would be my top pick 🙂
I want to be a dog governess too! Oh wait. I am one! (I have 2 bigs dogs). Ok. Then. I love Iain Lawrence’s work so THE SKELETON TREE.
Over-Scheduled Andrew sounds wonderful — I love Ashley Spires’ picture books!
They all look terrific. I think I’d love Miss Moon: Wise Words from a Dog Governess. What a great story angle!!
I’d love Miss Moon as I am an animal lover
To The Rescue: Garrett Morgan Underground would be a terrific addition to my classroom library! Thanks for this opportunity to help put books in the hands of children!
I’d love to read The Skeleton Tree with my 9 year old daughter.