El Deafo by Cece Bell, Bluestem 2017
Cece wears a giant hearing aid that connects to a microphone her teacher wears. She can hear her teacher great, even when she's in the teacher's lounge! But mostly other kids talk to her like she's dumb. This spunky character never stops looking for true friends.
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, Bluestem 2017
Mrs. Frisby, a single mama mouse, is in trouble. Her youngest child is sick, but the family of 5 has to move because the winter is ending and their house will soon get plowed over for spring planting on the farm. Among the various animals who help Mrs. Frisby are the extraordinary rats of NIMH whose advances in technology are extraordinary, but whose philosophical insights are even more extraordinary. Great read!