A Good Kind of Trouble

Title: A Good Kind of Trouble, Author: Lisa Moore Ramée

Although Lisa Moore Ramee’s middle grade novel was released a year ago in 2019, it’s extremely timely for the events happening now regarding protest marches, justice and equality. Shayla is one of the few African-American students in her California school. Her best friends, Julia and Isabelle, are Asian and Latinx. They’ve been friends since elementary school and like to call themselves ‘The United Nations.’ Seventh grade brings changes to Shayla’s world. Julia has been hanging out with another group of friends and her older sister wears a black armband to show her support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Shayla is just beginning to listen to the news and reports of the African-Americans being killed by the police. She is trying to understand why her sister feels so strongly about standing up for justice. But Shayla wants to be a ‘good girl’ and stay out of trouble. As the story evolves, Shayla is forced to decide how loud or silent she wants to be while still staying out of trouble- until trouble comes looking for her. “A Good Kind of Trouble’ is a great novel for grades 4/5 and up to read now and start a discussion. It recently appeared on a ‘Top 50 Books 6th Graders Should Read‘ list.

Take a StoryWalk in Tallman Mountain State Park

Our StoryWalk is now up! Take a walk at Tallman Mountain State Park and read a children’s book at the same time. Our StoryWalk® features Gaia Cornwall’s “Jabari Jumps”—a warmhearted story about bravery and trying something new. As you take a short walk, you’ll follow numbered sign posts that display pages of the book. Everyone who finishes the StoryWalk® will have a chance to win a copy of Jabari Jumps.

Park in the parking lot off 9W (across from the Mini Golf and beside the South Picnic Area) and take the Orange Trail to read the book!

Two Little Trains

Now that you’ve read Goodnight Moon and The Little Engine That Could three million times, check out Two Little Trains just released in March for the younger set. This Margaret Wise Brown original has new illustrations by Greg Pizzoli. Updated from the 1949 edition and the Dillon illustrated 2001 edition, the latest remake will appeal to preschool train lovers. Amazon recommends it as the perfect baby shower gift, but we encourage you to order it for free today and enjoy it with curbside pickup at the library!