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Booklist: Super Self-Healing Metal Ma’am

Jingle Dancer, by Cynthia Leitich Smith et al. (4-8). Row upon row of tiny, cone-shaped metal pieces gifted from her community lend a child’s powwow dress its distinctive clinking sound. Fiction.

Scrap Metal Swan: A River Clean-Up Story, by Joanne Linden and Estrellita Caracol (4-8). An industrious artist and child guide an upcycling effort to transform river trash into a community gift. Fiction.

The Windeby Puzzle: History and Story, by Lois Lowry (8-12). A historical reimagining of the lives of two tweens from the Iron Age, one a metalsmith’s assistant and the other a girl who defies tradition in her desire to train for battle; based on a 2,000-year-old bog body found in Windeby, Germany. Fiction.

That Self-Same Metal, by Brittany N. Williams (13+). For our oldest readers, a historical fiction YA debut about a swordsmith for Shakespeare’s theatre company whose skills are heightened by a magical, metalsmithing gift. Fiction.