6. Epossumondas by Coleen Salley.
For a delightful comic romp about a diaper wearing possum, try this one by Cajun-infused Coleen Salley. Epossumondas follows his Auntie’s directions a bit too closely, producing wet dogs and ruined pies.
7. Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
This fictionalized true story features a family of refugees fleeing Communist Vietnam to settle in Alabama. The prose, set as poetry, provides a warm, real and unforgettable story of why people come to America and what they find here.
8. Tom Crean’s Rabbit by Meredith Hooper and Bert Kitchen.
Tom Crean was a mate on the Terra Nova in 1910, the last Antarctic Expedition of Robert Scott. It is the story of exciting polar adventures and Crean looking for a warm place for his rabbit on the crowded Terra Nova, and a surprise on Christmas Day.
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