Rene, the head of the Third Place Books Kids Department, can talk you into reading just about anything. She has an affinity for books by Oge Mora and Brandy Colbert. Rene is a proud member of a family enthusiastic about playing games, hiking and snorkeling in Hawaii, and cooking together.
This beautifully crafted, inter-generational story follows two childhood friends during their final year of high school in a small Mojave desert town. I was instantly drawn into the lives of Salahudin and Noor as they navigate grief, the unpredictability of their parental figures, racism, isolating secrets and fears. Told in alternating perspectives, you cannot help but rage against all the obstacles they face. Sabaa Tahir tells their story so eloquently, you will not be able to put it down and it will stay with you long after you’ve read the final page.
Amy Curry has been left alone to finish her last month of school in Los Angelos while her mother gets situated in Connecticut. While still mourning the death of her father now Amy has to drive cross-country, with a boy she hasn't seen in years along the route her mother has supplied. At the last minute Amy decides to ignore her mother's route and follows her own directions. Along the way Amy discovers interesting facts about each state they drive through and about herself. A great read for summer! Made me want to just jump in a car and drive.
Retta Lee Jones has just graduated high school and is ready to strike out on her own and make a name for herself as a country singer. Unfortunately, the road to Nashville is filled with obstacles both financial and parental. Once Retta arrives in Nashville she faces a whole slew of unexpected challenges - homelessness and rejection. She makes some interesting new friends as she navigates the country scene. Retta is a character you will cheer for even if you don't love country music.
I am so glad I went back and read this book. After the first chapter I became immersed in Will Tuesday's life and family, and the scandal about to set Cold Sassy, Georgia on its ear. With deft storytelling, Olive Ann Burns invites you to experience life in a small southern town at the turn of the century.
Sharon Creech has done it again! With poignant verse, Creech has skillfully provided the reader with a window into 12-year old Annie's life. We are given an opportunity to share in Annie's thoughts, dreams and doubts as life changes around her. A quick and enjoyable read, Creech makes every word count!