A few thoughts on recent reads:
OPERATION YES by Sara Lewis Holmes: So much to love in this middle grade novel about kids on an air force base who come together to support their unusual teacher when her brother goes missing in Afghanistan. I loved her portrayal of life on a military base as ordinary – but more than that, this funny sweet book is about the power of creativity and community.
HECK, SUPERHERO by Martine Leavitt.
This YA novel follows Heck for four nerve-wracking days as he struggles to survive on the streets; not because he doesn’t have options, but in order to protect his neglectful mother. My heart (and my teeth) ached for this incredibly lovable character.
FIRE by Kristin Cashore:
This companion book to GRACELING is filled with rich and beautiful language. Sometimes the words feel almost hypnotic like (the MC) Fire’s beauty. My only disappointment is that it’s so feminine – womanly, really – that I can’t hand it off to my youngest son who loved GRACELING. Both stories have kick-@ss chicks but FIRE is a very different book centered around yearning for children, love, and other things that I doubt my 11 year-old boy would connect with. Not that I don’t want him to read it, I just can’t recommend it and keep his trust in my judgment.
Sarah Wones Tomp
WRITING ON THE SIDEWALK