One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

This book is not new, nor am I the first to talk about how wonderful it is. One Crazy Summer was well-received when it was published in 2010, winning plenty of deserved accolades––look at all those lovely stickers!––including the Coretta Scott King Award. I finally got to dive into this middle grade novel a couple weeks ago. And there’s noContinue reading “One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia”

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

Lauren Wolk’s debut children’s book is a likely Newbery contender and a poignant historical novel set in rural Pennsylvania during World War II. Told in poetic, satisfying prose, Wolf Hollow is a coming-of-age story that shows narrator Annabelle dealing with the arrival of Betty, a new girl at school. Betty is cruel to animals andContinue reading “Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk”

I Lived on Butterfly Hill by Marjorie Agosín and E.M. O’Connor (translator)

Marjorie Agosín’s I Lived on Butterfly Hill is a middle grade novel set in the early 1970’s. E.M. O’Connor translated it from the Spanish. Butterfly Hill follows the journeys of Celeste Marconi as she deals with life under the military dictatorship. When Celeste’s parents are labeled “subversives” for their medical work with the poor and their support for Presidente Alarcón (aContinue reading “I Lived on Butterfly Hill by Marjorie Agosín and E.M. O’Connor (translator)”