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By Billi Tiner, for The Children’s Book Review
Published: January 30, 2012

Welcome Home is the story of Jake, a large black Labrador Retriever mix.  For as long as Jake can remember, he has been having the same dream.  In his dream, he lives with a wonderful man in a beautiful home.  Jake has never seen the face of the man in the dream; however, he knows his voice and he loves him.  Jake is certain that when he is old enough to be given away to a new home, he will be chosen by the man from his dream.  When the day finally arrives, Jake is very excited to finally meet the man that has filled his dreams.  However, the man that chooses Jake is definitely not the man from his dream!  Jake is taken to a home where he is terribly mistreated.  During this time, Jake never gives up the hope of finding the man from the dream.  After suffering years of abuse, Jake finally escapes and is free to begin his search for the man he has been dreaming of his entire life.  Along the way, Jake meets some interesting characters, survives amazing adventures, and forms life-long friendships.  Join Jake on his incredible journey home.

By Nina Schuyler, The Children’s Book Review Published: January 27, 2012 Coral Reefs Written and Illustrated by Jason Chin Reading level: Ages 5 and up Hardcover: 40 pages Publisher: Flash Point (October 25, 2011) Source: Publisher What to expect: Science, Nature, Biology, Marine life, Water Jason Chin does something pretty wonderful in his nonfiction book, Coral Reefs:

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.