Angel Tree 2017

This year's Left Bank Books Angel Tree is collecting books for the Central Visual and Performing Arts High School library in the St. Louis Public School District.

Here is a word from CVPA English Teacher Maggie Schuh:

"When I started teaching at Central Visual & Performing Arts High School, I was surprised and upset to discover there was no school library. The library we shared with Cleveland ROTC had been recently closed, and our students had no easy access to literature. For years, I have been haunted by this fact, and for years, I have brainstormed ways to remedy this situation. In the fall of this year, after much planning and more planning, we have officially opened a school library. Most of the books in there to start were donated by CVPA teachers. But as word spread, we received donations from people in our neighborhood, lovers of the arts, friends and family, even students have graciously brought in books they’ve already read. It has been a community labor of love – one that is already reaping benefits.

"Since debuting the library about a month ago, we have checked out over 400 books to students. I’ve lost count of the number of times kids have come up to me and verbalized some variety of the sentiment: 'I never liked reading before now,' or 'these books are better than the stuff you make us read.' And while I laugh at their newfound appreciation of novels, I truly believe a love of literature leads to lifelong learning."

You can help these student expand their educational resources and gain opportunities to read for fun simply by buying a book for donation today.  Below are a list of suggested titles, but any book appropriate for middle or high school reading is welcome.  To donate online, simply place your order as usual, select "I would like to pick this order up at the store," and in the order comments, mention that this book is an Angel Tree donation.

For questions or more information, contact Left Bank Books' Children's and Teen Specialist Sarah Holt at sarah.h@left-bank.com

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Long Way Down Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481438254
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum Books - October 24th, 2017

All American Boys Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781481463348
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Published: Atheneum Books - August 29th, 2017

As Brave as You Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781481415910
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Published: Atheneum Books - May 9th, 2017

Patina Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781481450188
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Published: Atheneum Books - August 29th, 2017

Miles Morales: Spider-Man Cover Image
By Jason Reynolds, Kadir Nelson (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781484787489
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Published: Marvel Comics - August 1st, 2017

When I Was the Greatest Cover Image
By Jason Reynolds, Michael Frost (Photographer)
$10.99
ISBN: 9781442459489
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - August 18th, 2015

How Music Works Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9780804188937
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Three Rivers Press (CA) - May 2nd, 2017

Katherine Dunham: Dance and the African Diaspora Cover Image
$34.95
ISBN: 9780190264871
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Oxford University Press, USA - June 20th, 2017

The Secret Lives of Color Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780143131144
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Books - October 24th, 2017

The Designer's Dictionary of Color Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781419723919
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: ABRAMS - April 11th, 2017

It's Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going! Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399176128
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Philomel Books - September 15th, 2015

Six of Crows Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781627792127
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Henry Holt & Company - September 29th, 2015

Turtles All the Way Down Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780525555360
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - October 10th, 2017

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Ramona Blue Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062418357
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - May 9th, 2017

Warcross Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399547966
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 12th, 2017

Project Semicolon: Your Story Isn't Over Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062466525
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - September 5th, 2017

Beginner's Guide to Community-Based Arts Cover Image
By Keith Knight (Illustrator), Mat Schwarzman
$23.95
ISBN: 9781613320242
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Published: New Village Press - September 12th, 2017

The ABC's of LGBT+ Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781633534094
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Published: Mango - November 8th, 2016

Far from the Tree Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062330628
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Teen - October 3rd, 2017

Akata Warrior Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780670785612
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - October 3rd, 2017

Akata Witch Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780142420911
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Speak - July 11th, 2017

Shadowhouse Fall (the Shadowshaper Cypher, Book 2) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780545952828
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - September 12th, 2017

Shadowshaper (the Shadowshaper Cypher, Book 1) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781338032475
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Inc. - August 30th, 2016

The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust, Volume 1) Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9780375815300
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 19th, 2017