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.
This modern, middle-school retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac introduces readers to a group of friends who are making their first forays into the mysterious world of romance. One day Gracie notices her friend A.J. in a new light and is immediately in the midst of her first real crush. However, A.J. is interested in Grace's best friend Sienna. Sienna and A.J. can't seem to communicate without the help of their best friends. On top of all these new complications, Gracie feels constant pressure to be a ray of sunshine for her parents who lost their first child seven years before Gracie was born. Gracie draws readers in with her funny, offbeat inner monologue. The reader brings to life the characters, humor and heart throughout this story. (M. Crews)
When twelve-year-old Astrid ditches ballet and her best friend to try roller derby, her relationships and ego take the real hits. A bright graphic novel debut by a derby skater about adolescence and emerging independence.
Ellie's grandfather is a teenager, again. Even more humorous than dealing with newfound everlasting youth are the struggles of attending middle school. Science and philosophy on life and death are seamlessly woven into this lighthearted tale.
Auggie, his sister, and classmates offer multiple points of view about the year Auggie, 10, switches from home schooling to a regular classroom. After twenty-seven surgeries to correct his facial deformities, Auggie still looks strange, and both he and his classmates have to learn how to accept, even welcome, differences.
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
Raina trips in sixth grade, loses her two front teeth, and starts a series of dental repairs that includes surgery, implants, braces, and headgear. This graphic novel will reassure any middle schooler dreading dental work.