Tag: friendship

It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

Let’s face it: the world’s a mess. Who doesn’t need a good laugh in the face of the apocalypse? (You know, laugh to keep from crying and all that jazz.) And Good Omens, a product of the combined genius of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, has had us giggling over the threat of doomsday since […]

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17 Black Hairs: KARMA KHULLAR’S MUSTACHE

17 Black Hairs: KARMA KHULLAR’S MUSTACHE

Lynn: OMG—those middle school years! So much change and heartache, and the smallest of things can cause such anguish. Individual circumstances may differ, but exquisitely painful emotions are the same. Kristi Wientge brings a welcome new voice to the middle-school experience in her funny debut novel, Karma Khullar’s Mustache (2017). As though starting sixth grade […]

Channel Spring with Kevin Henkes’ EGG

Channel Spring with Kevin Henkes’ EGG

Lynn: In the winter, it is especially good to be a librarian! We have to look ahead and buy spring books, so they’ll be here when the crocuses pop and the first baby birds hatch. At the top of my spring picture books list this year? Egg, by the masterful Kevin Henkes. Perhaps there is nobody better at […]

Falling for Gertie

Falling for Gertie

Lynn:  It’s been quite a while since I’ve fallen as hard for a character as I’ve fallen for Gertie Reece Foy! She bounced off the pages of Kate Beasley’s debut novel, Gertie’s Leap to Greatness (2016), and right into my heart. Gertie is a force of nature: exuberant, loud, and confident. And she’s a girl […]

Even Technophobes Can Join This Game

Even Technophobes Can Join This Game

Lynn: As Cindy knows, to her sorrow, I am far from being technologically adept. I admit this to encourage any of you who might feel a bit reluctant to jump into a book about a high-stakes technology competition among teen computer geniuses. I was certianly unsure about starting Genius: The Game (2016) by Leopoldo Gout, especially since it’s packed […]

Posted in: Bookends, Young Adult
A Dance of Friendship: Molly Idle’s Flora and the Peacocks

A Dance of Friendship: Molly Idle’s Flora and the Peacocks

Lynn: I thought the previous two Flora books were stellar but I am almost speechless with admiration for Molly Idle’s new book, Flora and the Peacocks (2016). It’s subtly drawn, with nuanced expressions, but is also stunningly dramatic, showing a masterful use of color, line, and space that extends to the physical features of the book […]

The Loss of a Friend Isn’t Remotely Scientific: Ali Benjamin’s The Thing About Jellyfish

The Loss of a Friend Isn’t Remotely Scientific: Ali Benjamin’s The Thing About Jellyfish

Lynn: A word of advice: when you sit down to read Ali Benjamin’s The Thing About Jellyfish, make sure you have a pencil and paper. This is a book that is packed with sentences you want to write down and remember. You won’t have trouble remembering Suzy Swanson and her story, though. The pain Suzy carries […]

How to Get a Girlfriend: Advice from Kindergartners

How to Get a Girlfriend: Advice from Kindergartners

Cindy: I ran a Scholastic Book Fair at one of my middle schools last week and one of the books that elicited the most conversation was How to Get a Girlfriend (2014), written and illustrated by Senior Kindergarten Students of the American International School of Zagreb, Croatia. Leo, Alexander, and Matej have great advice for […]

Goodbye Stranger: Rebecca Stead Does It Again

Goodbye Stranger: Rebecca Stead Does It Again

Cindy: Fans of Rebecca Stead’s unique storytelling will appreciate her newest book, Goodbye Stranger (2015). Once again, several stories are spinning at once, seemingly disconnected, until the threads are pulled together into a satisfying knot. Friendships evolve and face challenges, even when three girlfriends have a pact that they will not fight with each other. […]

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Promise You’ll Write? A Picture Book for Young Friends Facing Separation

Cindy: It’s hard when best friends move away. The title page spread of Herman’s Letter (2014), by Tom Percival, has a messy pile of photos and ticket stubs from all of the fun that this bear and raccoon have had together over the years. When Henry the raccoon has to move away, the friends are “devastated […]