2020 Books for Missouri Students
Several boys in Mila’s middle school are making her uncomfortable by their unwanted touches. Her friends think she is making too big of a deal out of it and the behavior is not bad enough to get any teacher’s attention. An unnecessary comment before the band concert forces Mila to make a drastic decision that will cause the harassment to finally end.
In September, 1940, while Germany was bombing England, the SS City of Benares set sail for Canada with over 100 British children and their escorts aboard. Uses many primary sources to detail the events of this ship (ended up being torpedoed by a German submarine) and the actions of the survivors in the days that followed (some at sea for eight days before being rescued).
Seeking friends after her move, Lane anonymously leaves invitations to a secret club in library books. The three girls who find the invitation all have different interests (birding, cooking, journalism). When they encounter a problem with a local cooking contest, all the girls use their talents to make an impact in their community.