Sherman Alexie, author and National Book Award winner for his young adult novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, will share his new children’s book, Thunder Boy, Jr., followed by a Q&A and book signing.
Thursday, May 19
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G Street NW
(across the street from the Gallery Place Metro)
Book purchase is required to enter the signing line. Books will be for sale at the event and in advance at Politics &Prose Book Store.
This program is appropriate for all ages.
Author Melissa Moss is going to be the graduation speaker at Grace Episcopal Day School on Friday, June 10 at 9:15 a.m. and all are welcome to attend. The ceremony will be held at Grace Church in Silver Spring, Md. on Grace Church Road.
The following day she will be leading a children's writing workshop at Politics and Prose from 10 a.m. to noon.
Twelve year old Nick lives for soccer. He and his best friend Coby are ready to rule the Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup soccer tournament. April seems to like him. Life is good! Until it’s not. Nick’s mom moves to pursue a career training race horses. Twin bullies take turns embarrassing Nick in front of April. A burst appendix keeps him from the tournament. And his father won’t let up about the importance of reading the dictionary he wrote. Nick’s world is fraying at the seams. In this quick-paced novel in verse Alexander weaves those seams into another winning ode about family and the power, magic, and love of words. Ten to Fourteen. Lisa Cosgrove-Davies
Skinny white Dess has been in and out of foster care and group homes most of her life. Then she is moved to a new foster home with the affluent African-American Carter family who have been fostering Dess’s bi-racial younger brother. The Carter’s rule is to practice kindness. Dess’s rule is to remain unattached. A simmering war develops between Dess and her new foster sister, Hope Carter. The intricacies of race, family, belonging and values are woven together in this warmly told story. For the upper end of 10-14. Lisa Cosgrove-Davies
After the death of her beloved mother, lively Inge Marie moves from Copenhagen to the remote island of Bornholm to live with her stern grandmother. Among other zany experiences, Inge Marie’s antics lead to a turkey in her bed and to a parade of cats following her fish scented body around town after she napped in the fish smoke house. Her exuberance brings new life and joy to her grandmother and to the island residents. This fun book, set in Denmark in 1911, gently deals with loss, homelessness, and small community life in a child-friendly way. 7-10. Lisa Cosgrove-Davies
Rural Alaska in 1970 isn't the most uplifting place to spend your teenage years. Ruth hides a secret she can't keep for much longer, and even a cold stroke of luck may not be enough to save Dora. Alyce dreams of dancing somewhere other than on the familiar decks of her family's fishing boat, while Hank, headed for safety, stumbles into serious danger. These four teenagers, voiced quietly and alternatingly by an array of convincing narrators, find their lives interwoven as each abandons the familiar in search of secure passage into adulthood. ~ Kit Ballenger
An adventuresome child all alone journeys through the natural world joining creatures and becoming part with nature. The child and the animals are exuberantly portrayed, the woods, sea and sky are luminously illustrated and the language perfectly captures the illustrations. Jackie Gropman. Up to Seven. (This title will appear on the June agenda.)
Raymie Clarke's father has run away with a dental hygienist. Now Raymie has a plan to get him back. She will enter and win the 1975 Little Miss Central Florida Tire contest, get her picture in the paper and get her father to come back home. First she has to learn how to twirl a baton. Raymie makes two other friends at baton twirling school: Beverly Lapinski and Louisiana Elefante each girl with a story or problem of her own. The three become the Three Rancheros looking for and solving problems or getting into further mischief. Jenna Lamia narrates this story in a calm almost monotone voice but gives much life to each of the characters. This quirky story will resonate with children who face loneliness, grief, poverty, abuse, divorce all seen through young girls' viewpoints. Grades 7-10 Maria E. Gentle