The Leanin’ Dog by K.A. Nuzum The International Reading Association Children’s and Young Adult’s Book Award is given to new authors worldwide. The aw The Leanin’ Dog by K.A. Nuzum The International Reading Association Children’s and Young Adult’s Book Award is given to new authors worldwide. The award is nominates authors that show a special promise for writing books for young readers. In 1987, the first two awards were presented and a third was added in 1995. Now there are a total of six to include Primary, Intermediate and Young Adult Fiction, Non-Fiction. The first novel by K.A Nuzum is a sweet and poignant story called The Leanin’ Dog. Being a lover of dogs is only a fraction of the reason to love this story of loss and emotional triumph. Too many times it is the tired story of a dog beloved by the family and then he dies. But Nuzum uses the injured awkwardness of this hound to help main character deal with the loss of her diabetic mother due to exposure to the elements in a way that makes Dessa Dean’s problems feel over her fear of leaving the safety of her house to feed the dog and eventually face the world. The Leanin’ Dog is worthy of the IRA Award because it is a twist on the same old dog story where without fail that hound is going to bite the dust. Instead, this animal companion helps a female character overcome a terrible trauma that and emphasizes resiliency, a trait we must instill in our children. This novel is unique and award material for another reason as well, it is timeless. Although it is based around the 1930s it is not limited to just this time frame because the emotions it elicits are not rooted in a specific time. For that reason I would consider K.A. Nuzum to be a gifted and inspiring author for our young readers.
Review for “No Passengers Beyond This Point” by Gennifer Choldenko post by Krista Hastings In Gennifer Choldenko’s “No Passengers Beyond This Point”,Review for “No Passengers Beyond This Point” by Gennifer Choldenko post by Krista Hastings In Gennifer Choldenko’s “No Passengers Beyond This Point”, it is a great suspenseful intermediate grade reader in the fantasy genre. This story centers on a very timely problem that many kids can relate to, that of financial instability affecting the family’s living conditions. These three siblings are faced with being sent to their uncles ahead of their mother and losing their house to the bank. So a real- life dilemma begins and the kids must race the clock to stay together in a land similar to OZ with characters both helpful and those with less than honest intentions. Just as the promises there is magic, but mystery survival and time travel all come into play in the adventures of Finn, Mouse and India. This novel is such a complete genre switch from her earlier novels “Al Capone Does my Laundry” and the sequel of the same vein in realistic fiction. ...more