December Books of the Month The American Dream? A Journey on Route 66 By Shing Yin Khor This book chronicles Shing's solo journey (small adventure-dog included) along the iconic Route 66, beginning in Santa Monica and ending up Chicago. What begins as a road trip ends up as something more like a pilgrimage in search of an American landscape that seems forever shifting and forever out of place. You can find this book in the graphic novel section of the library. Light It Up By Kekla Magoon Told in a series of vignettes from multiple viewpoints, Kekla Magoon's Light It Up is a powerful, layered story about injustice and strength. This is the story of how a neighborhood comes to terms with yet another senseless killing. The characters and storyline will have you thinking more deeply about racism. The Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan By Sherry Thomas Captivating and entertaining, The Magnolia Sword is a creative retelling of Mulan. The family drama, historical setting and priceless heirloom swords creates a story which is thrilling, romantic, and sharp-edged. Butterfly Yellow By by Thanhha Lai In this deeply felt view of the Vietnam War, the story Butterfly Yellow will touch your heart. In the final days of the Việt Nam War, Hằng takes her little brother, Linh, to the airport, determined to find a way to safety in America. In a split second, Linh is ripped from her arms--and Hằng is left behind in the war-torn country. Hằng is overjoyed when she reunites with Linh years later. But when she realizes he doesn't remember her, their family, or Việt Nam, her heart is crushed. Though the distance between them feels greater than ever, Hằng has come so far that she will do anything to bridge the gap.