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.
Whimsical watercolor and ink illustrations reveal qualities of Sophie’s best friend, Bernice. A butternut squash adored with magic-marker smile, Bernice shares all of Sophie’s activities until Bernice becomes freckled and squishy. A satisfactory resolution keeps Sophie from losing Bernice’s friendship.
After a vacuum cleaner almost swallows him, Ulysses, a squirrel, develops superhero powers and types messages while cooperating with comic-book fan Flora to avoid her mother’s efforts to terminate him. Pencil cartoon illustrations help reveal many “holy unanticipated occurrences!”
For years, Zach, Poppy, and Alice have played a fantasy game of imagination and adventure. As they begin middle school, Zach faces pressure to quit the game. To save the game and their friendship, the friends undertake their creepiest adventure yet—to bury a haunted doll and avoid her curse.
An unlikely friendship blossoms between Virginia teen K.C. and Darfur refuge Nawra as they exchange letters. K.C. hears the horrors that Nawra has endured and overlooks her own difficulties to try to help Nawra.
Adam Grupper perfectly captures the voice of Ivan, a silverback gorilla living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade. At turns sad and funny, Ivan muses on friendship, art, freedom and responsibility as he struggles to find a better life for himself and Ruby, a baby elephant.
Autumn, a struggling reader but star wrestler and only girl on the team, and Adonis, an intellectual and unyielding boy born without legs, make an unlikely pair. The voices in this dual narration capture the initial tensions between the two and deftly relay their increasing emotional angst and deepening attraction.
Mourning for his mother, Jack Baker enters boarding school and meets math savant Early Auden, obsessed with the number Pi and his brother, supposedly missing in action. Jack joins Early’s search. Daymond’s quiet narration creates the wilderness while Bramhall adds depth to philosophical Pi’s parallel quest.
Ink and color create an exclamation point character that wants to join the punctuation crowd but stands out too much. Finally, a chance meeting with a question mark helps it reach full exciting, exclamatory potential!
Frances and Elsie falsify photographs to convince their family that fairies are real. But someone shows the pictures to others, and soon even Sir Arthur Conan Doyle believes in the Cottingley fairies. Nicola Barber’s delightful narration brings this non-fiction fairytale to life. (10-14)
In the five years since terrorists murdered his sister Rose, Jamie, 10, can barely remember her; Rose’s twin sister, Jaz, has rebelled; his mother has left; and his alcoholic father wallows in Rose’s memory. An unexpected source forces them to reconnect with each other.