The Line Tender

Allen, K. (2019). The Line Tender. Puffin Books. Category: Middle-grade realistic fiction Summary: Twelve-year-old Lucy Everhart deals with unimaginable grief and loss while attempting to find solace in finishing what her marine-biologist mother started. Theme: Even loss brings new beginnings. Generalizations: death, loss, grief, family, friendship, love Potential uses in the classroom: The Line TenderContinue reading “The Line Tender”

Unspoken

Unspoken, illustrated by Henry Cole Cole, H. (2012). Unspoken: A story from the Underground Railroad. Scholastic Press. Category: Wordless book Summary: A young girl discovers a runaway slave hiding in the family’s barn and must decide what to do. Theme: Doing what’s right takes courage. Generalizations: the Civil War, slavery, the Underground Railroad, freedom, empathy,Continue reading “Unspoken”

Ghost Boys

Ghost Boys written by Jewell Parker Rhodes Rhodes, J.P. (2018). Ghost Boys. Little, Brown and Company.   Category: Middle-grade Contemporary Fiction Summary: Twelve-year-old Jerome is shot and killed by a white police officer while playing with a toy gun. As a ghost, he witnesses the emotional aftermath of his murder and realizes that “only theContinue reading “Ghost Boys”

The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage

Do you like fast-paced stories that leave you sitting on the edge of your seat? Do you enjoy fantastical tales full of secrets and suspense? If the answer is yes, then prepare to be swept away on an exciting adventure down the river Thames. Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead works at his parents’ inn in Oxford, England,Continue reading “The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage”

The Gardener

The Gardener written by Sarah Stewart; illustrated by David Small Stewart, S. (1997). The gardener. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. Category: Historical fiction picture book Summary: Lydia Grace Finch is sent to help her uncle Jim in his bakery in the city. A gardener at heart, Lydia is on a mission to make her surly uncleContinue reading “The Gardener”