Raised in foster homes, Jayna finally has a taste of real family life when her older brother Rob rescues her. When Rob is called up for duty in the Navy, Jayna is again left alone. Not one to languish in self-pity for too long, Jayna sets out on an adventure to New York City to track down the woman in an old family photograph. Will it be her grandmother? Urged on by a ghost and accompanied by her pet turtle, Jayna takes us into a world where family is loosely defined but love and comfort is abounding. Ten to Fourteen. Anne Womack
Dion Graham's smooth baritone lends just the right note of humour and drama to this powerful story of a young boy caught in a time of change, both at home and in 1968 Chicago. Characters come to life with perfectly nuanced phrasing. Short, acoustic tracks alert listeners to cd breaks. Ages 14+.
Delicate watercolor pastels illustrate four short chapters in which a much older brother guides and supports his chatty, curious little sister through their days as they share picnics, canoe trips, and even bee stings.