Author: Brian Floca

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Book:Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring

Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring

Jan Greenberg, Sandra Jane Jordan, Brian Floca

Martha Graham: trailblazing choreographer
Aaron Copland: distinguished American composer
Isamu Noguchi: artist, sculptor, craftsman

Award-winning authors Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan tell the story behind the scenes of the collaboration that created Appalachian Spring, from its inception through the score’s composition to Martha’s intense rehearsal process. The authors’ collaborator is two-time Sibert Honor winner Brian Floca, whose vivid watercolors bring both the process and the performance to life.

Book:Poppy

Poppy

Avi, Brian Floca

At the very edge of Dimwood Forest stood an old charred oak where, silhouetted by the moon, a great horned owl sat waiting. The owls name was Mr. Ocax, and he looked like death himself. With his piercing gaze, he surveyed the lands he called his own, watching for the creatures he considered his subjects. Not one of them ever dared to cross his path…until the terrible night when two little mice went dancing in the moonlight…

Book:Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11

Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11

Brian Floca

Simply told, grandly shown, here is the flight of Apollo 11. Here for a new generation of readers and explorers are the steady astronauts, clicking themselves into gloves and helmets, strapping themselves into sideways seats. Here are their great machines in all their detail and monumentality, the ROAR of rockets, and the silence of the Moon. Here is a story of adventure and discovery—a story of leaving and returning during the summer of 1969, and a story of home, seen whole, from far away.

Book:Lightship

Lightship

Brian Floca

You may never have heard of a lightship.

Once, lightships anchored on waters across America, on the oceans and in the Great Lakes, floating where lighthouses could not be built. Smaller than most ships, but more steadfast, too, they held their spots, through calm and storm, to guide sailors toward safe waters.

In these pages one lightship and her crew (and cat) again hold their place.

The crew goes again from bow to stern, from keel to mast, to run their engines, shine their lights, and sound their horns. They run the small ship that guides the large ships. They are the crew (and cat) that work to make the ocean safe, that hold their place, so other ships can sail.

Come aboard!

Book:The Mayor of Central Park

The Mayor of Central Park

Avi, Brian Floca

To look at Oscar Westerwit, you might think, Hey, just another New York City squirrel. Only thing is, you’d be wrong….

For Oscar, life is good in New York City in the year 1900. He’s the Mayor of Central Park—the greatest place on earth for the squirrels, chipmunks, mice, and other animals who live there. He’s the manager of his baseball team, the Central Park Green Sox, and shortstop, too. What could be bad?

Plenty, that’s what! Big Daddy Duds, jewel thief, all-round thug, and leader of rats, is about to invade the park with five hundred of his closest friends. And when he does, the other animals who live there will be turned out of their homes. Everyone looks to the Mayor to save them, but he may not even be able to save himself from the invaders.

The Mayor of Central Park is a rich and fragrant evocation of old New York, with a community of animals who are as lively as characters in a Damon Runyon story, brought to life in a blend of humor and heartbreak that is vintage Avi.

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