Attention! Fans of puzzles, clues, treasure hunts (or books like "The Mysterious Benedict Society", "The Westing Game", etc.) you will love this mystery steeped in history. Following hints from an old letter, 12-year old Candice and her new friend Brandon spend their summer searching for a hidden fortune that the letter says is meant to right old wrongs. Flashing back and forth from the 1900s to the present 2000s, the book reveals the story of a modern South Carolina town still struggling to overcome racism that traces back through the Civil Rights era. Adventurous, brilliant, and illuminating, "The Parker Inheritance" is not to be missed!
This is the story of Aru Shah, a clever but occasionally awkward Atlanta middle schooler, who accidentally summons a demon on a dare. Aru soon finds herself thrust into the stories of the Mahabharata that she grew up hearing from her mother and is sent on the most heroic of quests -- traveling through the Kingdom of Death, meeting Hindu gods & goddess, outsmarting demons, and trying to solve the mystery of her upbringing, all while contending with a pesky pigeon sidekick and wearing her Spiderman pajamas. Also, it's laugh-out-loud FUNNY.
Eliciting many “awws” from my 6-year-old, this story of Louie and his baby donkey is sure to melt your heart, too. Louie is determined to save the sickly little Winslow despite others' admonitions not to get too attached … As it turns out getting too attached is just what Louie and his circle of family and friends need most. With short chapters and just the right amount of dramatic tension, this is a great chapter book read-aloud for younger kids.
Stella captured my heart and attention. My sister teaches third grade and we are always on the lookout for books for her library that promote diversity, encourage discussion on difference, and empower little ones (he/she/they-all little ones). Stella Diaz met all those qualifications. I cheered, I teared up, I told all my 20 something year old friends to read it. A GREAT BOOK.
Jewell Parker Rhodes is a genius at distilling challenging subjects for middle grade readers — from 9/11 to Katrina — and this story of ghost boys Jerome (with parallels to Tamir Rice) and Emmett (Till) is no exception. As a white mother of white boys, I have the incredible privilege of choosing when I want to spend time with the hard issues of police violence against black men and boys. This hit home more than ever while reading Ghost Boys with my 9-year-old son; it’s a short book, there were tears, but there was also grace, hope, humanity, and the opportunity to talk about important things. This book is a gift to be shared with the people you love.
I devoured Hope Larson's amazing new graphic novel on a hot summer day, and it was just the book to get me out of my reading slump! Thirteen-year-older Bina worries that she and her best friend, Austin, are growing apart as they enter their high school years--but luckily, between jamming on her guitar and finding an unlikely friend in Austin's older sister, she can't get TOO bored this summer. With themes of overcoming differences between friends and finding your place in the world, this coming-of-age novel is fun and touching and REAL.