Rosanne's Staff Favorites

Rosanne is a writer of children's fiction and an instructor in Portland State University's Masters in Book Publishing program. She is a frequent visiting author in schools across the country and a presentor at writer's conferences. Her newest book is The Turn of the Tide. She joined our staff in November of 2014.

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We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544223790
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Published: Clarion Books - May 3rd, 2016

I read a book this spring that was timely in a hundred ways I wish it wasn’t. In the months that have followed it has become all the more relevant. If there is one book I’d give to every family to read this fall it would be Russell Freeman’s newest non-fiction book for readers as young as 10 and as old as 100.

We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler is the story of Austrian teenagers Hans and Sophie Scholl who at the beginning of Hitler’s rise to power were glad to join the Hitler youth which they saw as a patriotic organization. But as the Hilter Youth moved from scout-like campouts to militia training and racist indoctrination, the Scholl siblings knew they had to resist at any cost. They put together The White Rose, a society devoted to making Hitler's war crimes known and turning the tide of German popular opinion against the Nazis. They succeeded, although it cost their lives. Freemen’s book is well researched and includes many historical photographs and yet it handles this very dark subject matter in such a way that most elementary school students can understand without being emotionally overwhelmed. This book won a Jane Addams honor for writing that advances the cause of peace and social equality.

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Charlie & Mouse Cover Image
By Laurel Snyder, Emily Hughes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781452131535
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Published: Chronicle Books - April 11th, 2017

Charlie and Mouse is the newer hipper version of Frog and Toad.  Two brothers have a blast in a neighborhood very remeniscent of Portland. Perfect for family read-aloud and new readers.

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By Troy Howell, Kathryn Carr (Artist)
ISBN: 9780991386659
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Published: Ripple Grove Press - May 3rd, 2016

Here's a gem of a picture book from local publisher Ripple Grove Press. The story follows the journey of a pebble from Lizabeth Lou's shoe to an ant hill, a pond, a bikepath and other places in a city park. It gently invites a reader to consder perspectives not her own. The illustration style is totally unique. Each scene is cut and assembled, lit and photographed which makes for a fascinating picture with unique depth. Highly recommended

The Turtle of Oman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062019783
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Published: Greenwillow Books - May 3rd, 2016


Wondering what to say about immigration to the young readers in your life? The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye is a gorgeous immigration story about a boy getting ready to leave Oman and his beloved Sidi. Instead of the usual scrappy tale of a youngster making his way in the America of yesteryear, this is the tender story of a contemporary boy bidding farewell to his home and the grandfather who helps him gather the courage to go. An empathy building story you will want to read aloud.

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The Snow Rabbit Cover Image
ISBN: 9781592701810
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Published: Enchanted Lion Books - November 3rd, 2015

The Snow Rabbit is a stunning wordless picture book by French artist Camille Garoche. Using a spare pallete perfectly suited to its winter setting Garoche creates a 3D scene and photographs it. This friendship story includes a disabled child and a touch of magice as two girls navigate the wonder of a night time journey into a snowy woods.

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Roller Girl Cover Image
ISBN: 9780803740167
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Published: Dial Books - March 10th, 2015

Comics fans and middle grade novel fans alike will find something to love in this fresh and engaging graphic novel by Oregon author and illustrator Victoria Jamieson. It's got tons of roller derby action, a few tips on dying your hair an outrageous (but roller derby appropriate) shade, and a sweet but not too sweet story of friendship in that tricky summer before middle school. Friendship is not  easy to navigate for any pre-teen and this book is refreshingly honest as the spunky but somewhat clueless Astrid learns to channel her inner roller derby queen to face the hard truth about friendship. Sometimes you need to put on your war face and sometimes you need to say you are sorry and sometimes you need to ask your roller derby hero for advice via secret letters hidden in her locker.

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The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375843082
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Published: Yearling Books - February 10th, 2015

Young fans of Bones and CSI will love this well researched medical mystery set in Victorian England. It tells the true story of the 1854 Cholera epidemic. Street urchin Eel and his best friend Florrie race to prove that the sorce of the contamination is the Broad Street pump, the best tasting water in the neighborhood. Sure to be one of the most popular OBOB titles of the 2015-16 school year.

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Absolutely Truly: A Pumpkin Falls Mystery Cover Image
ISBN: 9781442429734
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 3rd, 2015

At almost six feet tall, twelve-year-old Truly Lovejoy stands out in a crowd whether she likes it or not. (She doesn’t.) So when her family moves to teeny-tiny, super boring Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire, Truly doesn’t stand a chance of blending in. But when helping out at the family bookstore one day, Truly finds a mysterious letter inside an old copy of Charlotte’s Web and soon she and her new friends are swept up in a madcap treasure hunt around town. While chasing clues that could spell danger, Truly discovers there’s more to Pumpkin Falls than meets the eye—and that blending in can be overrated. Heather Vogel Frederick is no stranger to middle grade fiction. She is the author of the Patience Goodspeed historical novels, the Spy Mice series and the Mother-Daughter Bookclub series. Her newest venture is the Pumpkin Falls mysteries which launched this fall.  Absolutely Truly has been nominated for an Edgar Award. Heather is a neighborhood author and would be glad to swing by and sign a copy for you.

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By Sara Pennypacker, Marla Frazee (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781423124382
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - March 1st, 2016

Wecoming a new sibling is a family milestone and in this final installment of a beloved series for 6 to 9 year olds, Clementine navigates the journey to being a big sister for the second time with her customary verve. This series very emotionally honest and true to its strong-willed and tender-hearted view point character. It's a great read aloud for 5 to 7 year olds and a good choice for new readers looking for something more complex and nuanced than the usual sparkly mass market fare aimed at young girls.

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Shh! We Have a Plan Cover Image
By Chris Haughton, Chris Haughton (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763672935
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 9th, 2014

This is my favorite picture book of 2014. In very few words Haughten captures the experience of being the youngest with clarity and good humor. His deeply saturated palette and blocky style work well. The blue landscape and group of stocking-capped bird hunters contrasting with the red birds they so ardently and unsuccessfully try to capture. Great fun!

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All the World Cover Image
By Liz Garton Scanlon, Marla Frazee (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781416985808
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Published: Beach Lane Books - September 8th, 2009

This is my candidate for the new Good Night Moon. The rhyming text is warm and wise and does not become wearisome on repeat readings. The illustrations have a timeless quality and yet are thoroughly modern in capturing the diversity of family structures and the warmth and beauty of a simple day spent with people you love.