Spit the Seeds
Shelf Number：F-New Arrival Area
Spit the Seeds is a picture book written by Chinese writer Li Jinlun, and has won both the Excellent Picture Book Creation Award and 1st Prize from the Hsin Yi Picture Book Award.
Genesis Begins Again
Grade Level: G4-G5
Author: Alicia D. Williams
Shelf Number: 1F-New Arrival Area
AR Book Level/Lexile measure: 4.5MG/670L
Thirteen-year-old Genesis has 96 reasons why she doesn’t like herself. She knows the exact number because she has a list:
– Her family is always getting kicked out of their homes.
– Genesis knows it’s all her fault.
– She doesn’t look like her mom.
– Her skin is too dark.
– and on and on…
After Genesis reaches the number 100 on her self-hate list, will she keep going, or find the strength to start a new life?
Will Genesis try anything to change herself?
KLARA and THE SUN
Author： [the U.K.] Kazuo Ishiguro
Klara and the Sun is a work by the 2017 Nobel Prize winner in Literature, Kazuo Ishiguro. Klara is a solar-powered Artificial Friend (AF) designed to accompany children, and which possesses extremely high observational, reasoning, and empathic abilities. She waits in a store for her human friend, Josie, who is seriously ill. After entering Josie’s life, Klara experiences various mysteries that are difficult for her to understand as a non-human. How will she face and understand all of this? Will artificial intelligence harmoniously coexist with humans or produce unexpected conflicts?
In an interview about this book, Kazuo Ishiguro said, “I’ve always been interested in a situation where someone is moving from one set of values to another, from one world to another. My stories are often about people living in very small worlds. They gradually realize the outside world and try to break free from their narrow, closed world. The relationship between the small worlds and the large worlds is one of the themes that my work focuses on.”
With this kind of interest, readers may discover the profound meanings in the novel through its fairytale-like style of writing.
The Lion of Mars
Author：Jennifer L. Holm
AR Book Level/Lexile measure: 4.0MG/530L
Bell is just like any other kid. He loves cats, eats all kinds of cake, and is curious about everything. There’s just one special thing: He lives on Mars. Living on Mars comes with a ton of rules. Like don’t go outside without a buddy. Always keep a glow stick in your pocket. And have no contact with the kids in the other settlements. Ever. A virus then breaks out among the grown-ups, and the children are the only ones who can help. Suddenly it’s up to Bell – a regular kid in a very different world – to uncover the truth and save his family … and possibly unite an entire planet.
In The Lion of Mars, the author imagines the possibility of life on Mars. She focuses on human connections and explores the themes of the dangers of isolation, the importance of community, and the driving power of fear.