Literature database: 2020 - 2030


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Books 2020 - 2029

Books published in 2010

Title Author Publication date Summaries & Notes Genre & themes
The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Mac Barnett

Illustrated by Jon Klassen


The Three Billy Goats Gruff Traditional The Three Billy Goats Gruff story with a slighly different ending. As usual each big billy goat gets bigger and the Troll describes different ways to feast on goat . Until the last arrives with only his legs in the picture. This enormous goat butts the troll down the river where he is washed over three levels of waterfalls.

Illustrations are browns and blues with a hit of oranges.

fairy tale picture book fantasy
Concrete Rose Angie Thomas 2021

The book is set in Garden Heights seventeen years before the events of The Hate U Give.

Follows the events of Maverick Carter (17) strives to take care of his family. The son of a former gang legend, Mav survives by dealing for the King Lords to get money to help his mom, who works two jobs while his dad’s in prison. Life’s not perfect, but with a fly girlfriend, and a cousin who always has his back, he has everything under control. Until, he finds out he’s a father. Suddenly he has a baby, Seven, who depends on him for everything. But it’s not so easy to sling dope, finish school, and raise a child. So when he’s offered the chance to go straight, he takes it. In a world where he’s expected to amount to nothing, maybe he can prove otherwise. Can he just walk away? Loyalty, revenge, and responsibility threaten ... especially after the brutal murder of a loved one. He’ll have to figure out for himself what it really means to be a man. 

historical realistic fiction
Firekeeper's Daughter Angeline Boulley 2021

Daunis Fontaine (18) has never quite fit in, both in her hometown and on the nearby Ojibwe reservation. She dreams of a fresh start at college, but a family tragedy, puts her future on hold. A bright spot is meeting Jamie, a charming new recruit on Levi’s (brother) hockey team.

She becomes conflicted between liking the hockey star and the feeling he is hiding something. Then Daunis witnesses a murder, putting her into an FBI investigation of a lethal new drug.

Reluctantly, she agrees to go undercover. Using her understaning of chemistry and Ojibwe traditional medicine to track down the source. But her search is more complicated as secrets and old scars are uncoverd and the investigation seems more focused on punishing the offenders than protecting the victims.

Comlications mounting, Daunis must decide if she will be a strong Anishinaabe kwe (Ojibwe woman) or someone else.

historical realistic fiction
Brother Wulf: A Spook's Apprentice Adventure Joseph Delaney 2020

The story starts a new apprentice adventure trilogy and stands on its own.

However, it is the 17 in a series, and starts after the The Dark Assassin (last in The Darkness Trilogy (3) preceded by 13 stories in the The Last Apprentice series.

Plot summary

Fantasy horror fiction
Wulf's Bane: A Spook's Apprentice Adventure Joseph Delaney 2021

The story is the second in a new apprentice adventure trilogy.

However, it is the 18 in a series, preceded by Brother Wulf, which follows the The Dark Assassin (last in The Darkness Trilogy (3) which is preceded by 13 stories in the The Last Apprentice series.

Plot summary

Fantasy horror fiction
Fox: A Circle of Life Story Isabel Thomas 2021 Fox searches for food for her three cubs and teaches them how to survive in the wild. Until one day, she is hit by a car and dies. Her body provides food for scavengers and decomposers as fox is recycled back to earth to nourish the grass and air to sustain life in the forest. While the book suggest the kits survive, in real life they probably wouldn’t. As such it might be unsettling for some children.
Non fiction Science environment death energy cycle life cycle
Tu Youyou's Discovery: Finding a Cure for Malaria Songju Ma Daemicke 2021 Story of Tu Youyou who as a child is interested in learning and is sent to school. Unusual for girls in China at the time. At 15 she got tuberculosis. Her slow recovery inspired her to become a research scientist in 1955. The story describes her dedication, hard work and numerous challenges she overcomes to develop, from traditional medicines (sweet wormwood) a treatments for drug-resistant malaria. Her treatment, artemisinin has saved millions of children’s lives.
Non fiction malaria Nobel prize, medicine, research
Snoozefest: The Surprising Science of Sleep Tanya Lloyd Kyi 2021 Snoozefest cover

An eye-opening illustrated look at the science of sleep. Everything an adolescents needs to know about sleep and what keeps them up at night! Information, crucial for our health and happiness.
A fascinating and readable story that explores why sleep is important, what happens in our bodies while we're sleeping, and how the science of sleep research has evolved. Includes sidebars and boxes full of fun facts that break the text into readable chunks. Along with links to information for life science, the human body, and health.

Non fiction sleep, health
Good Eating: The Short Life of Krill Matt Lilley 2022

The SHort Life of Krill coverHi!

What are you?

You appear to be an egg.

Yes, you are and you are sinking … day after day, one krill among billions, eating and eating while metamorphosing from one thing into another and trying to avoid being eaten.

Questions and advice are hurled at the krill on every page, but the krill never responds-because, after all, krill can't talk, and this is nonfiction.

An accurate narrative of krill and how they are really good at eating, which makes them really good eating. And perhaps the most important animal in their ecosystem.

Dan Tavis's illustrations are accurate, expressive, and alive with humor. For example the main character krill is so good at gobbling up phytoplankton, that he turns green, so we can pick him out from the crowd racing to escape a penguin's beak or a blue whale's gaping maw.

Non fiction environment krill life cycle ocean life
It Takes Guts: How Your Body Turns Food Into Fuel (and Poop) Belle Wuthrich and Jennifer Dr. Gardy 2022 It Takes Guts coverAn illustrated 152 page book about the digestive system and microbiome for middle level readers with the story about the journey food takes from the time it enters our bodies to when it exits. A long and complicated process that involves many cells, tissues, and organs and the amazing tools they are at breaking down food with acids, enzymes, gastrin, ghrelin, villi, crypts, bile, insulin, an glucagon. The story also describes the role food and digestion play in your mood and immune system. And the incredible truth that not all bacteria is bad! Oh! the author also investigates the science behind burps, barfs, and farts, proving that learning about the wonderful world of your gut might not be everything you expected!
Non fiction digestion digestive system, health
How to Build a Human: In Seven Evolutionary Steps Pamela S Turner 2022

How to Build a Human coverA great story told in seven steps along with detailed portraits by John Gurche. Seven steps on how, when, and why Homo sapiens: 1. stand up, 2. smash rocks, 3. get swelled heads, 4. take a hike, 5. invent barbecue, 6. start talking (and never shut up), and 7. become storytellers?
A fascinating, wickedly funny account of our evolutionary journey turns science into an irresistible story.

Excellent source for middle level and above. Only weakness in the story is not including epigenetics, (changes in an organisms by modification of gene expression rather than alteration of the genetic code) along with the environmental impacts on evolution. Otherwise, an excellent source.

Non fiction human evolution walking erect hands cooking
Funky Fungi: 30 Activities for Exploring Molds, Mushrooms, Lichens, and More Alisha Gabriel and Sue Heavenrich 2022 Funky Fungi coverFungi are everywhere! In the coldest corner of Antarctica and hot sandy desert dunes. In the air you breathe and the food you eat. They form partnerships with plants and are important decomposers for our planet. Some eat our crops; others protect them. Some cause diseases; others cure them. Some are bigger than you; others are microscopic. And now, people are finding ways to use fungi to make furniture, building materials, and even sneakers. So grab your gear and explore! Non fiction fungi life living mushrooms lichen mold






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