Discussion of the above book with the author, illustrator and Georgetown Law Professor Emerita, moderated by our own Deborah Taylor. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building, Mary 3, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. No RSVP needed unless you want to bring a group of children. Then please respond to: Monica Valentine, email@example.com, 202-707-1950.
This modern, middle-school retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac introduces readers to a group of friends who are making their first forays into the mysterious world of romance. One day Gracie notices her friend A.J. in a new light and is immediately in the midst of her first real crush. However, A.J. is interested in Grace's best friend Sienna. Sienna and A.J. can't seem to communicate without the help of their best friends. On top of all these new complications, Gracie feels constant pressure to be a ray of sunshine for her parents who lost their first child seven years before Gracie was born. Gracie draws readers in with her funny, offbeat inner monologue. The reader brings to life the characters, humor and heart throughout this story. (M. Crews)
This book is a series of double-paged spreads, basically "before" and "after." Sometimes very literal, sometimes with a humorous spin, each spread will ask readers to figure out the series of events. Likely, children will be inspired to create their own spreads. Up to 7. Jamie Watson
Growing up is hard but Archer has three great men to look up to, his grandfather, his father and his uncle. Archer navigates elementary school and middle school with humor while getting gentle guidance from the men in his life. When he discovers his uncle and student teacher Mr. McLeod are a couple things get interesting. Matter-a-fact and moving this is a timely book about the limitless definition of love.
Inge Maria, orphaned in Copenhagen in 1911, ferries to an island to live with a grandmother she has never met and encounters dismaying mishaps with mud, scissors, cakes, mice, fish, and a donkey before her grandmother finally laughs.
Ghosts know Sam Toop as a “Talker,” and since he hears them, they ask his help with Unfinished Business. Toop discovers terrible wrongs in some of London’s haunted houses, and the ghosts themselves have to help him help them.
When Alex receives a bunny book on his birthday, he alters the text and transforms the illustrations in oil paint with his pencil. In his newly chaotic world, he becomes a hero by stopping Battle Bunny‘s evil plan to destroy the forest.