Henry, aka “Biggie” Abbot, prides himself as much on his perfect GPA as he does on flying under the radar at school, no easy feat for a guy well over six feet and three-hundred pounds and growing, thanks to easy access to greasy treats at his convenience store job. The illegitimate son of his Iowa hometown’s baseball legend, and stepson of and stepbrother to two more ball players, it’s a wonder that he’s been able to avoid baseball since a T-ball incident when he was six, but he has, instead immersing himself in online relationships with over a hundred different girls, which doesn’t keep him from pining for (and cyber-stalking) Annabelle, whom he manages to impress by pitching a perfect Whiffle ball game after his forged “get out of gym class” note is uncovered and destroyed by his mom. Inspired by Annabelle’s encouragement and excited by the prospect of success on the diamond, Biggie begins training and learns as much about himself and others as he does about pitching over the course of the school year. Sylvie Shaffer. (14+)
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.