- Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
1939 Newbery honor book. Mr. Popper lives a quiet life until his obsession with the arctic earns him the gift of a bunch of penguins. He turns them into a comedy act that is wildly popular but one day releases them into the wild. Quite funny and silly.
Film: (June 17) Stars Jim Carrey, Carla Guigino, and Angela Lansbury.
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 by JK Rowling (film out July 15)
- Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family's apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours. Paris, May 2002: On Vel' d'Hiv's 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France's past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl's ordeal, from that terrible term in the Vel d'Hiv', to the camps, and beyond. As she probes into Sarah's past, she begins to question her own place in France, and to reevaluate her marriage and her life. Tatiana de Rosnay offers us a brilliantly subtle, compelling portrait of France under occupation and reveals the taboos and silence that surround this painful episode.
Film: (July 22) Stars Kristin Scott Thomas, Melusine Mayance. and Niels Arestrup