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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-707-1950.
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
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.
An original musical score and sound effects enhance Jonathan Davis’s grave, confiding voice in this account of a young boy who moves to a small coastal village and realizes that something is wrong with his new home. When he and his sister befriend a local boy, the boy reveals their eerie connection to a nearby shipwreck and a sinister secret that threatens their lives.
Sisi Aisha Johnson's youthful voice perfectly embodies earnest twelve-year-old Delphine whose strong sense of self and big-sister
responsibilities help her understand more about their absentee mother and about the Black Panther Party she supports. Nimbly adjusting her inflection, Johnson also personalizes the other characters in this lively production.
Ali, a contemporary boy in Baghdad, loves calligraphy and, just as his hero, Yakut, did in the 13th century, finds creating beauty to be a refuge from the trials of war. Stylized collage illustrations evoke the elegance of Arabic art.
Caitlin is a fifth grader with Asperger's Syndrome. The death of her older brother in a school shooting launches her on a journey not only to identify her emotions but also to feel them so that she and her grieving father can find closure.
When Scarlet's older sister Juliet returns home from the big city, pregnant and with a new husband (and dog) Scarlet thinks she knows exactly what is going to happen. In fact, Scarlet is an introvert who spends a lot of time figuring out what is going on with everyone, at least in her own head. Caletti perfectly paces this story, until we realize how no one really knows anyone. Some of the bombshells are foreshadowed, others are not - dare I say just like real life. I also loved the other characters in the neighborhood - by the time the book was over I could picture every house, yard, street.