by Jacqueline Woodson
(Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin)
Our Young Reviewer says:
I found this book beautiful. I loved the way that one character connects the Midwest, the South, and the Northeast so smoothly. Jacqueline–both the author and the narrator–explains the differences in living in each place in the U.S. I absolutely fell in love with Jacqueline’s family. I was moved by her mother’s determination, her grandmother’s quiet strength, her brother’s singing, and her littlest brother’s innocence. However, her relationship with her grandfather is enough to recommend the book.
– Julie, 15, New Jersey
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The Fourteenth Goldfish
by Jennifer L. Holm
Random House Books for Young Readers
When a strange boy shows up at her house and turns out to be her grandfather, eleven-year-old Ellie’s life changes and her interest in science grows. Cheerful black-and-white illustrations of goldfish. (9-12)
This book is a cliffhanger. It was realistic fiction except for the science fiction twist about Ellie’s grandfather. I think it’s cool to see the grandfather as a teenager still with the intelligence of an older person. But Ellie shows real wisdom in the end and learns new things about herself.
– Dante, 10, East Hampton, New York