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Juvenile Non-Fiction

The Secret of Priest's Grotto: A Holocaust Survival Story by Peter Lane TaylorSecrets of the Priests Grotto
Ages 10-12+

In an effort to flee deportation to Nazi death camps in 1942, several Ukranian Jewish families fled to an underground cave to hide. This is the amazing story of their survival, including the year spent in the cave known as Priest's Grotto, and of the cavers who later explored the hideout and uncovered artifacts left behind. Almost lost to history, this story of the incredibly brave men, women, and children who persevered against the odds, is a testament to the strength of the human spirit.

Tarra & Bella: The Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends by Carol Buckley
Ages 4-8Cover of book Tarra & Bella

Though Tarra was the first elephant to enter The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennesee in 1995, she never bonded with any of the elephants who followed. Unlike the others, she didn't find a special friend to pal around with. Tarra remained a loner until Bella the dog took a liking to her, beginning a very special friendship. Tarra and Bella have been inseparable ever since, following each other around the sanctuary grounds. Even when Bella was injured and moved indoors, Tarra stayed close by. Learn about the devotion of these two very special friends and witness the power of friendship.

Those Rebels, John and Tom by Barbara KerleyThose Rebels
Ages 7-10

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson couldn't have been more different from one another. One man was loud and obnoxious. The other was quiet and genteel. But both men loved America and wanted to see the fledgling country freed from the bonds of King George of England. Learn how two opposites overcame their differences and joined together to help make history in this charming book with comic-style illustrations. A fun peek back in time, this story also provides a timeless lesson about cooperation and friendship.