When Lily (born Timothy) meets Dunkin (nicknamed by Lily for his love of Dunkin’ Donuts) each finds in the other a friend to help them navigate their troubles. Lily ‘s known for years that she’s really a girl, but with puberty now imminent, she knows the clock is ticking in terms of getting her dad on board with hormone therapy. Thankfully, her mom and big sister are already supporting her transition. Dunkin and his mom have recently moved in with his grandmother, following some dramatic events regarding Dunkin’s dad- events Dunkin’s not yet ready to deal with, or maybe he just feels like it’s all under control…but the more he skips his meds, the less in-control he really is. Told in two voices, Gephart’s novel tackles some big issues with tenderness and enough humor to break up the emotional impact of the story. Sylvie Shaffer. 10-14
Charlie, afraid of ice, goes ice fishing with her neighbor and discovers a fish that grants wishes. How does she know this? She loses her fear of ice! Needless to say, her wishes go wonky due to unclear grammar. Underlying this whimsical story is the hard truth that her big sister has gone off to college and become addicted to drugs. The Seventh Wish gives a tough and honest portrayal of drug addiction and the varied responses from family members. Done in an age appropriate manner, this title is not only an excellent read, but will get kids talking. Ruth Compton. Ten to fourteen.
Cecelia's brother is dead and she has been arrested for his murder. Placed in the Piedmont Juvenile Correction Facility as she awaits trail, we learn her story. Told in the present and in flashbacks, we are given an unflinching view of an addict and the toll addiction takes on an entire family. Powerfully written and based on personal experience, we are drawn into the story and are left wondering if we would have made the same choices as Cecelia. Fourteen and up. Ruth Compton
Two siblings, completely opposite from each other and not very tolerant of each other encounter "monsters" at the vacation cabin, all because sister Jenny breaks the rules. Barnett leaves lots of room for his illustrator to also tell the story and Myers doesn't miss opportunities for little details that tell us more about these characters. The dialogue between the siblings rings true as does the anger on both faces when they don't get their way. The "monsters" are unique and Ian's transformation will delight all. The lesson to be learned....look on the back cover. Up to Seven. Edie Ching (June agenda)
Auggie, his sister, and classmates offer multiple points of view about the year Auggie, 10, switches from home schooling to a regular classroom. After twenty-seven surgeries to correct his facial deformities, Auggie still looks strange, and both he and his classmates have to learn how to accept, even welcome, differences.
A little boy's questions become more pointed as Mommy's tummy becomes rounder. Retro cartoon illustrations mix with delicate contemporary scenes to highlight what big brother imagines about the new arrival.
Flora longs to rid herself of pesky little brother Crispin, but when she gets the perfect opportunity, will she really want to say goodbye? The swirling, tumbling ink, watercolor, and pastel illustrations skillfully embody the whirlwind of sibling emotions.
Shipped off to spend time with their estranged poet-activist mother in Oakland, California, three young girls encounter the Black Panthers in this funny, wise, and ultimately life-affirming narrative about being young, Black, and proud in the 1960s.