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With gentle rhyme and lively illustrations the various roles of parents in a child's life is presented in a matter of fact, loving way, with a fun twist at the end. the illustration of the mother as a donkey, taking on more and more items that her chld sheds is particularly true to life and fun. There are fat parents, bearded parents, dark skinned parents (though not as many as light skinned). This would show well at storytime and be a fun read. Up to Seven.
Two misfits are drawn together in their senior year by circumstances, or is it fate? Amy has cerebral palsy; Matthew has obsessive-compulsive disorder. Both feel alone until one day Matthew tells Amy the truth. Amy begins to e-mail Matthew, and chooses him as a school peer helper. As their relationship unfolds, both gradually find themselves falling in love, but are unable to admit it to each other. And there are other challenges ahead: Amy's parents, prom, college, a job, and the unexpected. Told from alternating points of view including an unusually rich dialog by e-mail, this is a unique story about honesty, communication, and hard work. Fourteen and Up. Nominated by Valerie Diamond
The Fletcher family (2 dads, 4 sons, and assorted pets, both real and imaginary) is a delightful crew, and their misadventures are full of warmth, humor and love. This engaging audio would be a great family road-trip book! Audio 8-12. Lisa Cosgrove-Davies
It’s the summer before high school, and upon realizing that their classmates aren’t as excited by their summer reading assignment as they are, Lucy, Elena, and Michael take it upon themselves to hype To Kill a Mockingbird by “killing the mockingbird”, by hiding copies in local libraries and bookstores as well as crafting internet buzz to drive up demand for the title. Fat Bob, their recently and dearly departed teacher would be proud, they think, until the whole thing goes viral online, and the three friends (two of whom are also navigating a sweet tween romance) need to reel things in quickly, leading to a satisfying, if not quite believable ending. Sylvie Shaffer. 10-14
Frustrated and bored by the prospect of a summer at home, seventeen year old Adam spends the summer visiting his older, cooler, lesbian sister in Brooklyn and falls in love with an older girl he meets while tagging along on the Queer scene. Just your typical “boy meets girl” story, except that the girl is a lesbian, and the boy is passing as transgender. Set in 2006, the raunchy, hilarious, and downright Shakespearean story is executed brilliantly and offers a crash-course in GLBT issues and terminology. This won’t be for every teen, but the right reader will enjoy this immensely. Sylvie Shaffer. 14 and up.
From former special ed. teacher, Giles, comes an unforgettable “odd couple.” Two special program graduates are placed as apartment-mates, helping their landlady with meals and housekeeping. Each comes with her own difficult history. The two personalities, initially at odds, eventually begin to support each other’s blossoming in unanticipated ways. Told in an alternating dual first-person narrative, this unusual novel evokes Eleanor Roosevelt’s saying, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” “Two are better than one … If either of them falls down, one can help the other up … Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Fourteen and Up. Nominated by Valerie Diamond
All of King Neptune's fifty daughters have a special talent but what about the youngest one, Minnow? Minnow’s curiosity and determination leads her on the path to finding her own gift. Delicate and dreamlike illustrations offer a clever and heart warming new spin on these well known fairy tale components. Up to Seven. Lizzie Nolan