A Fine Dessert by Emily Jenkins follows a dessert's transition over centuries. Not only does the method of preparing the dessert change, but also the tools used to prepare the dessert. The final tableau features a father and son making the dessert and sharing it with a diverse group of friends. This picture book mixes non-fiction topics with a good narrative. This would be a great book for older children, maybe 2nd and 3rd graders.
Intrigued by the Humans of New York blog I’d seen in social media, I was delighted to learn creator Brandon Stanton had published a book featuring many of his earliest blog posts and more. Bursting with wisdom and personality, HONY is a collection of photographs, quotes, and brief stories of the residents Stanton has encountered in the streets and neighborhoods of the Big Apple.
Grayson is a 12-year-old boy with a secret. He knows deep in his heart that he is really a girl. He would love nothing more than to wear dresses and use his sparkly markers in public. Grayson knows that revealing his true self will only invite ridicule but he is dying to break free. When he auditions for the school play he makes a bold move, trying out for the female lead. Gracefully Grayson is a great read alike for fans of R.J. Palacio’s Wonder.
Tip Tucci wants to write a story for a contest to be included in a time capsule but doesn't know where to start. Does she write about how aliens invaded her planet? How she befriended a rogue Boov? How they both traveled across country to find her mother at Happy Mouse Kingdom? This feel good story of friendship and family in a world gone mad with aliens has been made into the movie "Home".
2015 Printz Honor book, And We Stay is a brilliant story of loss, feeling lost and building yourself back up. The story begins as Emily is starting a new boarding school. She was sent there because her boyfriend, Paul, killed himself in front of her in the school library at her old school. The story is told in Emily’s voice as she is now and in flashbacks to what happened and what lead up to the shooting. She spends much of the story stuck in the in-between space between what happened to Paul and building a future for herself.
In the world of rare books and manuscripts, narrator Will has something in common with Adam Diehl: they are both forgers, able to produce an authentic-looking inscription by Arthur Conan Doyle or Henry James and thereby make a profit of hundreds of thousands of dollars on a book. Will has been caught and has paid the penalty of financial restitution and community service. Adam's secret business, however, is uncovered only after he is found bludgeoned and, bizarrely, missing his hands.
You’ll enjoy reading about students in an experimental art school in The Truth Commission, a teen novel. A group of friends decide to find out the truth about their fellow students by asking them blunt questions. The questioning leads to some unexpected results, as you can imagine. This book is smart and funny, and doesn’t settle for easy endings.
A famous actor dies of a massive heart attack during the mad scene of King Lear. That same day, a superflu begins its inexorable path of destruction, wiping out 99.99% of the world’s population. Twenty years later The Traveling Symphony wends its way through the Great Lakes region, performing classical music and Shakespeare plays for the survivors in a world that is slowly rebuilding itself. Don’t worry, the interwoven storylines all come together in a very satisfying way. This one is perfect for fans of literary post-apocalyptic fiction, like Justin Cronin’s The Passage.
If you have ever had this sentiment yourself, blogger Jen Mann’s collection of stories will be a humor filled read. Jen shares her experiences as a wife and mother in what can frequently be the vexing world of suburbia. Whether it is embarrassing tales of fuzzy pajamas, or tangling with Gucci clad PTO moms, you will find yourself nodding your head appreciatively.
Walter is the consummate worrier. His best friend Winnie devises an ingenious way to help Walter solve his worry problems. Thus the No-Need-to-Worry suit is born. While the suit does help Walter feel safe, it also acts as a barrier to fun he might be having if he could only relax. This is a great book for discussing worry and its effect on the lives of children.