Grayson is a 6th grader who lives with his Aunt and Uncle after his parents die in a car crash when he's very young. Everyday, Grayson feels a disconnGrayson is a 6th grader who lives with his Aunt and Uncle after his parents die in a car crash when he's very young. Everyday, Grayson feels a disconnect with who she knows she really is and her outside body as a boy.
This is the book I wanted when I read George by Alex Gino. This was quiet and introspective with beautiful, poetic language. An awesome book about a trans youth as she strives to let the world know who she really is and deals with the (not always positive) reactions.
recommended for: middle grades 5-8 red flags: bullying read alikes: George, Better Nate Than Ever...more
Mark has been sick for a long time, but after receiving bad news from the doctors, he's had enough. He's angry, scared, and just wants to disappear. SMark has been sick for a long time, but after receiving bad news from the doctors, he's had enough. He's angry, scared, and just wants to disappear. So he does. He sets out with his dog, Beau, to climb Mt. Rainier. He encounters all kinds of people and obstacles on his way, all the while documenting his travels with his camera and by writing haikus. He misses his mom and dad and his best friend Jess, but he keeps going, even when he starts getting sicker.
This book was really intense adventure novel for me. I found myself relating to the character in huge ways. I've had a lot of people in my life who have had/beaten/succumbed to cancer. To be honest, it was hard to read some of the book because of that. In addition, the bond between Mark and his dog, Beau, was so relatable and real. When they got into some of the more dramatic parts, I was literally holding my breath.
Recommended For: Grades 6 & up Red Flags: Dying and Death, violence (mugging), extreme conditions(When Mark almost drowned and when he was on the mountain and almost fell into the crevasse)....more
This was a really nice and humorous comic about a girl, Sunny, who's spending the summer with her grandpa in a Florida retirement community. Through fThis was a really nice and humorous comic about a girl, Sunny, who's spending the summer with her grandpa in a Florida retirement community. Through flashbacks, the reader learns that Sunny was sent to stay with her grandpa because her parents wanted to help her older brother with substance abuse issues.
Though it deals with a heavy topic, the novel never got too bogged down by it. It kept a fairly light-hearted tone throughout, while still dealing with Sunny's emotions.
Recommended For: Ages 9-11 or Upper Elementary Red Flags: Substance abuse(smoking & drinking) ...more
Greg and Earl are more colleagues than friends. They make movies together and sometimes hang out. Greg is in his last year of high school when his momGreg and Earl are more colleagues than friends. They make movies together and sometimes hang out. Greg is in his last year of high school when his mom makes him befriend Rachel (whom he used to "date" in order to make another girl jealous). The thing is, Rachel was just diagnosed with Leukemia and Greg really just wants to get through high school without anyone really noticing him enough to like or hate him. Yet, his mom convinces him that it's the Right Thing To Do. So he, Earl, and Rachel strike up a cautious friendship.
I really liked this novel because it was so refreshing from the usual novel about death and dying. The character voice of the narrator was brutally honest, repeatedly saying that Rachel's sickness didn't change him and that he didn't have some sort of defining moment or learn anything from it. In this way, it was really unique from other novels that deal with similar topics: The Fault in Our Stars, for example. One thing that wasn't so refreshing was the fact that Earl's character (who I liked very much. He added a lot of comedy to the novel) was kind of the stereotypical poor african american friend from a bad household.
Recommended For: High school, especially grades 10-12 Red Flags: Bad language, sexual humor, some violence, death. ...more