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.
Neilly's mom is having Declan's dad's baby. Neilly's dad is marrying a man. Declan's mom was killed years before while driving him to soccer practice. Pretty, popular Neilly features in Declan's fantasies, but in reality, she hardly knows he exists until they are about to be step-siblings. Written with boy/girl voices in alternating chapters in "he said", "she said" style, the story has laugh-out-loud funny moments. Declan's edgy, yet vulnerable, teen male voice rings especially true. Two teens with baggage begin to trust and blossom in a situation not of their own choosing.
Marno's beautiful narration of this modern wartime story brings listeners right into Yasmine's and Tamanna's world, celebrating the rugged beauty of the Afghan land and people while in the midst of both UN and Taliban occupation. Ages 14 and Up. - Paula Langsam
Born in a girl's body, J knows he’s a guy, but even his parents and best friend can't see him for who he really is. In this nuanced portrait, J's search for self includes attending an LGBT-oriented school and investigating gender-reassignment. LGBT resources list appended.
Jeffrey Alper is probably the most famous kid in his town. Even though eight years have passed, most still know him as the boy with leukemia. Now in remission, and eighth grade, Jeffrey is dealing with the aftermath of his cancer treatment and trying to navigate life as a teenager. Podehl embodies Jeffrey, obsessing equally over the new girl Lindsey, his older brother's sudden disappearance into Africa to "find himself", his parents' sudden fighting, as well as the real possibility he may never get out of the eighth grade. Fortunately Tad, Jeffrey's best friend, keeps him anchored to reality. Tad's acerbic voice and black humor is the perfect contrast to Jeffrey. This sequel to "Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie" stands on its own. Audio forTen to Fourteen. Paula Langsam
A gentle lesson about friendship and a lot of laughs are tucked into 6 ½ short chapters about Amanda, her stuffed alligator, and an interloping panda bear…all presented with panache in Willem’s signature style and highly expressive cartoons.
Ella and Zachary have always been friends and always been outsiders at school, Ella for her blotchy skin and Z for just being strange. Now they are sixth-graders and Ella longs for more friends and a more normal middle school experience. When a new student arrives, another African American like Ella, she wonders if he will join the others in avoiding them. Instead, Bailey, with his easy way of fitting in, reaches out to Ella, causing Zach to feel betrayed and to sink deeper into depression.
This is a beautifully written, if quiet story of fragile kids in fragile families, finding ways to navigate those issues as well as the normal growing pains. Strong follow-up to Magoon's first novel, a CSK/Steptoe winner.