Discussion of the above book with the author, illustrator and Georgetown Law Professor Emerita, moderated by our own Deborah Taylor. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, Mary 3, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. No RSVP needed unless you want to bring a group of children. Then please respond to: Monica Valentine, email@example.com, 202-707-1950.
In this hilarious and heartbreaking story, Solomon’s agoraphobia keeps him happily ensconced in his home, but ambitious Lisa decides to “cure” him in hopes of earning acceptance at a prestigious psychology program. Daymond’s upbeat performance brings Sol to life and pairs perfectly with Whelan’s driven, but earnest portrayal of Lisa.
Ravi, new to the United States from India, has always been the top student in class while Joe has always lived in the same town and has learning problems. Their lives intersect in the first week of 5th grade when they are brought together by a common enemy—the biggest bully in class—and find friendship in their differences.
When eleven-year-old Zomorov moves to Newport Beach, California in 1978 she’s tired of explaining her Iranian country and culture to others, and just wants to make friends and blend in. So she changes her name to Cindy and sets out to be “normal.” She eventually makes friends and even joins the Girl Scouts. All seems to be going well until the Iranian Revolution puts Iran on the front page. Then the American hostages are taken, and Zomorov’s family faces discrimination and hatred. Told with humor and an authentic middle-school voice, Zomorov’s story informs about the Iranian Revolution and the hostage crisis, while sadly reflecting current issues of prejudice and xenophobia. Ten to fourteen. –Lisa Cosgrove-Davies
Hee Jun’s family uproots from South Korea to West Virginia where every difference feels daunting to him. Yum’s gentle illustrations brim with emotion as Hee Jun and his family adjust to their new home. This relatable immigration journey, regardless of national origin, will also resonate among young readers simply struggling to fit in.
This story of the friendship between Nelle, a feckless tomboy and Tru, a quirky child being raised (somewhat absently) by distant relatives is loosely based on Harper Lee and Truman Capote. Life in their small Southern town is convincingly depicted as is their abiding affection for each other.
Raymie has decided that the only way to get her father to return home is to win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition. What starts off as a desire to best the other girls becomes a poignant story of learning to see other people's truths. The narrator brings authenticity to Raymie's voice and her struggle between what she wants and what the other girls need.
Cedar’s family is still grieving deeply when they move to Iron Creek, home of a renowned theater festival. She uncovers a mystery in the untimely death of a bygone starlet, but this isn’t the only problem she must resolve in this touching and thoughtfully told story. The lowkey narration echoes the sense of loss.
16-year-old Vicky Cruz is recovering from a suicide attempt, with the help of other young patients in the hospital. The descriptions of what depression feels like are powerfully realistic and have the potential to save lives.
Moving to a new home is not easy for Peter and his dog, Harold. This story of friendship, fear and loneliness is told beautifully with striking illustrations and only the words that are necessary to tell the tale.