Koly, just 13, is about to be joined with Hari through an arranged marriage which both their parents agreed to. When she finds that her husband is sicKoly, just 13, is about to be joined with Hari through an arranged marriage which both their parents agreed to. When she finds that her husband is sick and is dying, she is horrified, but tries to make the best of it. Within Hari's household, her mother-in-law is cruel while her father-in-law is indifferent. Koly finds out later that the marriage was arranged for her dowry and the money was to be used for Hari's medical treatment.
After Hari passes, life in the household is even worse, but Koly forms a bond with Hari's sister, Chandra. After a few years, Chandra leaves as she is married and her father-in-law dies. When that leaves Koly with only the cruel mother, things get even worse. Koly is dumped in the city where other widows are living on the streets.
Using her wherewithal and with help from a few kindly souls, Koly makes a new life for herself. Homeless Bird is both full of sorrow and joy. The outcome is probably unrealistic, but will be satisfying for young readers....more
Beautiful people with limitless money and privilege are, nonetheless, not exempt from sorrow and grief when tragedy strikes. And, strike it does. SummBeautiful people with limitless money and privilege are, nonetheless, not exempt from sorrow and grief when tragedy strikes. And, strike it does. Summering on their own private island off the coast of Massachusetts every year, the three eldest grandchildren, Johnny, Mirren, and Cadence, along with friend, Gat are not exactly troublemakers, but they feel entitled and act as if they are just a little bit better than the rest of us.
In the summer of fifteen, they concoct a plan. A dangerous plan. A simple plan...for what purpose exactly? To right some wrongs? To make them feel better? To have a voice? Yet, the liars (as they are called), don't quite think things through. The plan goes awry. Memories are lost. Possessions are worthless. Family is devasted.
We Were Liars is painful and thought-provoking. The story of what tragedy and guilt can do. Although I saw the truth well before it came out, it was still, nonetheless, quite shocking. ...more
Living in the housing projects in New Haven, Connecticut, about-to-be-ten-year-old Junebug is trying desperately to avoid be initiated by gangs. His mLiving in the housing projects in New Haven, Connecticut, about-to-be-ten-year-old Junebug is trying desperately to avoid be initiated by gangs. His mother works hard to support him and his little sister and depends on Aunt Jolita to care for the kids when she isn't home. But, Jolita is falling in with some questionable characters herself and often leaves the kids to fend for themselves.
When Junebug's mom confronts Jolita, disaster strikes leaving the little family no choice but to move out of the projects. Fortunately, Junebug's mom has been offered a promotion that will allow this family a choice. Yet, Junebug and his little sister, Tasha are sad to leave their beloved volunteer reading teacher behind. Choices are tough sometimes.
Junebug is a quick read full of situations that some kids don't have to deal with in their neighborhoods. Maybe not entirely realistic, it still offers a glimpse into struggles and choices some kids are met with frequently. ...more
At a tween age when everything and everybody in your family is embarrassing, 13- year-old Mic Parsons finds his situation especially so. His older sisAt a tween age when everything and everybody in your family is embarrassing, 13- year-old Mic Parsons finds his situation especially so. His older sister Stephanie is blind and deaf and does some odd things around the house. Mic's old friends, Treemont and Stolks are used to it all, but when Vern Chortle, aka "Nerd Boy" moves in down the street, things get more complicated.
Vern follows Mic everywhere, yet even with his odd clothes and behavior, Mic slowly becomes friends with him. He finds out that Vern is a great baseball player, and along with Vern's father, they help Mic become even better. But, there's those pesky math grades that worry Mic the most. He doesn't understand fractions and no one can seem to help him. He needs to raise his grades before his parents will agree to try-outs.
Enter a most unlikely source to help him make sense of those numbers. Once his grades begin to show improvement, Mic discovers that oddities are ok, even special, and he settles into a comfortable routine. Sometimes things need to drastically change before they become better....more
Silliness abounds when Dog Man Unleashed comes to life. Humor full of potty jokes, doggy puns, and stupidness, kids will giggle non-stop. Arch enemiesSilliness abounds when Dog Man Unleashed comes to life. Humor full of potty jokes, doggy puns, and stupidness, kids will giggle non-stop. Arch enemies, Dog Man and Petey the Cat try to outwit each other with the help of some devious characters.
A quick read, this sequential art book is full of laugh-out-loud situations and colorful hijicks. Kids will be screaming for this second in the series....more
When Rocket, a small, woodland creature and Groot, a tall tree land on a odd planet full of strip malls they have only one thing on their minds: findWhen Rocket, a small, woodland creature and Groot, a tall tree land on a odd planet full of strip malls they have only one thing on their minds: find a way to get back home. Along with a sassy, know-it-all tape dispenser named Veronica, the trio is sure one of these strip mall stores will be able to help them.
But, entering each and every one of them, it's the same request. Use the bathroom first. Wait!...what? They finally figure out the some evil creature is controlling the planet and they must find a way to escape!
Rocket and Groot: Stranded on Planet Strip Mall is just about what you'd expect. Lots of potty humor, wise-cracking characters, and imagination galore. Fans of Captain Underpants will love these books. ...more
A sweet story about the Little Blue Chair that reinvented itself as it traveled from person to person and city to city. It became part of a garden, anA sweet story about the Little Blue Chair that reinvented itself as it traveled from person to person and city to city. It became part of a garden, an amusement park, a boat, an elephant ride, a bird feeder, and a king's throne (to name a few)...before it found its way back to its original owner, now all grown up with a child of his own.
Beautiful, muted illustrations that grow livelier and more expressive with each turn of the page. A good book for prediction and also as a introductory book to The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.
Thank you to LibraryThing Early Reviewers, Penguin House Publishers, Tundra Books, and Cary Fagan for this copy. ...more