Pearls pick for the month of July. Candice and Brandon are easily my favorite kid characters this summer!
A mystery, some history, and a blossoming friendship coupled with a dual timeline is a recipe for this great YA novel.
History meets mystery in this intriguing and relevant middle grade novel. Don‘t let the juvenile cover art fool ya-this story explores some weighty social issues. Yet, it is wrapped in a puzzle that Candice and her new friend Brandon set out to solve one summer. In their search for treasure, they both embark on important journeys of self-discovery. 2019 Coretta Scott King Honor Book and Texas Lone Star List.
When a book name-checks several of your favorite childhood books just a few chapters in, you know it‘s going to be good. And this was. A summer friendship, a mystery to solve, a treasure to find, and both friends sorting through difficulties along the way. Also: positive family portrayals & some lovely understated representation of many kinds. A sweet, fun read—I would have loved this as a kid & I loved it now. Another great #NewYearWhoDis pick!
Today‘s progress for #24in48 and #24B4Monday! Refugee was wonderful (review forthcoming), and there were some compelling connections to The Book of Joy—fortuitous to be reading those together! I started The Parker Inheritance tonight, and knew it was gonna be good when it name-checked several childhood favorite books right off the bat, and also cut down the idea of “boy books” vs. “girl books.” (Thanks for the #NewYearWhoDis picks, @Johanna414 !)
Wow. This is my pick for the 2019 Newbery award and the Coretta Scott King award. This is now my favorite middle-grade book (grades 4-7) of all time.
When Candace moves into her grandmother‘s house for the summer she uncovers a mystery that could change everything for her family, and bring the city‘s racist past to light.
#mystery #historicalfiction #friendship #racism #bullying #lgbtqia #revenge #justice #forgiveness
I took another #audiorun/walk with this book again, and saw a snake that looked like it had just eaten. A man I passed warned me about it, and it was crossing the trail, just going into the grass when I got to it.
I can see why this book won a Boston Globe Horn Book Honor. It's a very engaging story with a puzzle to solve, but it also discusses important issues on race and gender identity opening up the floor for a fantastic discussion so relevant to today. Here is an interview with him from one of my favorite podcasts: http://booksbetween.libsyn.com/48-supporting-students-w-aces-a-conversation-with...
A hidden inheritance, a puzzle to rival the Westing Game, & a complex look at race relations in the South, past and present. What I like most about it, though, is the space it gives its main characters to be complicated, smart individuals. I‘m not sure all aspects of it are totally successful as a #middlegrade book (the past stuff in particular may be hard to follow) but a definite pick for me. Recommended for all adults who read #kidlit. #yetipop
I have no strong opinions about deckled edges either way. Instead, I have a thing for richly textured end papers. This kids‘ book just makes me want to hold it in my hands. #bookishconfessions
This was a good mystery. It's aimed at middle grades and the main characters are 11 and 12, but the other timeline in the story, which happens in the past, spends a good chunk of time on high school students and adults and some very serious stuff happens in this part of the story. That makes it a little tricky to figure out what age child to recommend it to.
Hanging out at the Children's Literature Festival. Varian Johnson talking about discovering Walter Dean Myers and becoming a writer.