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 Melia and Jo
 Author: Aronson, Billy

 Illustrator: Oxley, Jennifer

 Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
 Pub Year: 2018

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: 37 p., col. ill., 26 cm

 BTSB No: 071102 ISBN: 9781328916266
 Ages: 4-7 Grades: K-2

 Subjects:
 Teamwork -- Fiction
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Inventors -- Fiction
 Inventions -- Fiction

Price: $20.71

Summary:
Melia is scientific and loves to create things in her backyard laboratory, but something is missing. Enter Jo, her new friend with an artistic spirit. When you add the arts to sciences, something magical happens!

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.60
   Points: .5   Quiz: 501771
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: K-2
   Reading Level: 2.40
   Points: 2.0   Quiz: 72200

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (+) (05/15/18)
   School Library Journal (08/01/18)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 08/01/2018 K-Gr 2—The methodical Melia loves creating machines. The artistic Josephine loves to express herself. When the two cross paths, they don't appreciate one another at first. However, Jo's dabbling eventually turns into a source of inspiration for Melia. Likewise, Melia and her inventions prove useful to Jo. Once they discover this, they quickly realize that together, their strengths complement each other, allowing them to create things that neither could alone. Set within the STEAM model, this narrative imparts a lot of good life lessons. Melia and Jo's story shows how creativity can take different shapes, and that, even though the arts and sciences generally serve different purposes, and require different skill sets, they are not so unlike that they can't come together and be on equal footing. Fans of Andrea Beaty's books will appreciate the cute, digitally painted style, with colors that will attract the eye, and the girl-powered message. This also include a note about STEAM, and simple instructions for making an airplane in the back. VERDICT A great book for encouraging kids to apply themselves to the STEAM disciplines, work together, and make friends. A strong choice.—Rachel Forbes, Oakville Public Library, Ont. - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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