I have read 25 books since the last time I wrote. I feel like that’s a few too many to talk about, so I think instead I will just list the ones I enjoyed the most, plus one picture book that I think is fantastic.
I think out of the twenty five books I can actually pick a favorite, and that would be Pie In The Sky by Remy Lai. This is her debut novel, and it’s wonderfully illustrated with fantastic comics of the characters. This book is basically the morphing of a novel with a graphic novel into one can’t put down book. It is the story of Jingwen, an eleven year old boy who has just moved to another country where he doesn’t speak the language. He was suppose to move with his family to open up a cake shop, but with his father’s sudden death then plan changes. They still move, but nothing is the way it was suppose to be. I highly recommend that you get your hands on a copy of this immigrant story. I seriously love the book, and have even had quite a bit of contact with the author who is wonderful herself. I really hope she comes here on her book tour so I can meet her.
Fish In A Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt was another wonderful book. The story of a girl who cannot read and so of course she thinks she’s stupid. Really she’s just been failed by the school system because no one had yet to catch her learning disability. I have a huge passion for literacy, so this book really hit home with me.
Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D.Williams. This was another debut novel. The story of Genesis is painful and beautiful at the same time. I’ll admit to having tears in my eyes a couple of times during this book. This book promotes self acceptance, and friendship in a very real way.
Other Words For Home by Jasmine Warga. This is the story of a young Syrian refugee girl named Jude. It’s written in prose, yet for me read very much just like a normal story, and I loved it. It is a beautifully written reminder that we are all living in one world, and we all just want to be at home in it. I think this is an important, and even needed book that everyone should read. If only just to remind us all of our humanity, and that there are many out there in danger, who just want a safe home. Home is so much more than just the place you come to at the end of the day and keep your possessions. Home is where you belong. Ultimately, everyone just wants to know they belong.
Planet Earth Is Blue by Nicole Panteleakos. This books is told from the perspective of a nonverbal autistic girl. Nova has been in foster care with her big sister for a long time, but when he sister runs away Nova finds herself in a new home with people who cannot understand the meanings behind her grunts. Her hopes are set on the approaching launch of the Challenger space craft, which is going to bring the first teacher into space, and her big sister back to her. He sister who promised she’d be with her to watch the event. This was a well written story. Even though I knew what was going to happen to the Challenger, and that disaster was approaching, I just had to know how things were going to turn out for Nova. How as she going to handle it? Was her sister going to show? Was Nova ever going to be understood without her sister there to translate? I feel Nova’s story has a lot to show us.
A few others that I enjoyed and would recommend are:
Summer of a Thousand Pies by Margaret Dilloway
Greetings From Witness Protection by Jake Burt
Caterpillar Summer by Gillian McDunn
Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya
I do aslo have a fabulous picture book to recommend! Hats Off To Mr. Pockles by Sally Lloyd-Jones. This is the story of Mr. Pockles who is a major lover of hats. He desperately wants to go to Hat Day at the Pandapolitan Club, but cannot because he isn’t a panda. A very enjoyable read, with fantastically bright and brilliant illustrations. I definitely want to own this one someday.
If you want to see the rest of the twenty five books that I read recently then you can run over to Goodreads and find me as Stephanie Tevebaugh. I think I am the only one on there.