This is a sequel that more than measures up! Delphine and her two sisters return, this time back home in Brooklyn where life has changed, including a new girlfriend for their Pa and the return of their beloved uncle from Vietnam. The girls are all growing up and Delphine's grip on her sisters is lessening. Best of all, though Delphine has a relationship with her mother, albeit a long distance one. Williams-Garcia reeates the tenor and the rhythms of the sixties and once again the girls' jaunty personalities and snappy dialogue will endear them to readers again. Ten to Fourteen. Deborah Taylor
Gammell's illustrations bring to life the family that Bonwill creates, disorganized, frenzied but also loveable in their quirkiness. When Aunt Rosemary doesn't bring the help needed all seems lost until just by chance, a solution is found to keep the family on track and a wonderful solution it is. Turns out this might be more than a fun read, it might offer some advice for the disorganized among us. Up to Seven. Edie Ching
At twelve, Fern feels alienated from her siblings—an older brother discovering sexuality, a grumpy sister, and a pesky brother Charlie, 3—while her father works incessantly and her mother meditates. Only family tragedy makes them understand their need for each other.
Mary O'Hara, 12, thinks her great-grandmother is a new neighbor, but Tansy, dead since age 25 from influenza, is a ghost ready to be with her dying daughter, Ember, Mary’s beloved Granny. Those three and Mary’s mother, Scarlett, take an intergenerational midnight journey before their final parting.
A new television almost ruins Chloe's cherished after-dinner family time with her parents and 20 siblings. White space highlights the pen and pastels in each bunny's clothes when they all discover an interactive entertainment that interests them much more than sitting quietly.
When Greg’s mother insists he provide support to fellow teen Rachel, who is dying of cancer, he can no longer maintain his desired low profile at school. He recruits his best friend Earl to help with Rachel; hilarity and awkwardness ensue.