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Somewhere Among

SomewhereAmong.jpgSomewhere Among (A Caitlyn Dlouhy Book, 2016) by Annie Donwerth-Chikamatsu is such a good book. It's told in verse and the sparse language works so well.

Ema has a Japanese father and an American mother. Usually, she gets to spend the end of the summer in California with her mom and Grandpa Bob and Nana. But this year, her mother is expecting a baby and needs rest, so beginning in June, she and Ema will stay with Jiichan and Obaachan in western Tokyo. And it's not going to be easy--especially with Papa working so far away. Then shortly after school starts, the whole world changes with the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.

Listen to Ema herself:

At home
with Mom and Papa

I am
between

two cultures
two languages
two time zones
every day.

Everywhere I go
here or there
I am different.

Doesn't that just pull your heartstrings?

Read about the author and her family here.

A Big Mooncake for Little Star

Perfect Picture Book Friday

BigMooncake.jpgA Big Mooncake for Little Star (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2018) by Grace Lin is such a lovely book. It reads like a legend that has been passed down generation after generation.

Little Star's mama bakes her a Big Mooncake and lays it onto the night sky to cool. Little Star promises not to touch it until Mama says she can. But . . . in the middle of the night, all Little Star can think of is the Mooncake. She thinks Mama won't notice if she takes a tiny nibble. Then the next night she remembers how sweet and tasty that one bite was. And the next night, and the night after that . . .

Little Star is adorable. I like the repetition in the story. I love the bright art on a black background. I love the ending. The book is sweet and tasty! Read the dust jacket where Grace talks about what inspired this story--it's very cool.

Grace Lin is an award winning author. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is a Newbery Honor book. All Grace's books are books for the child she was who didn't have books that represented her. You can hear more about the author/illustrator in this touching Ted Talk here.

Natsumi!

Perfect Picture Book Friday

Natsumi!.jpgNatsumi! (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2018) by Susan Lendroth and illustrated by Priscilla Burris is a delightful picture book. I really love the illustrations.

Natsumi may be small, but she does everything in a big way. She's too fast, too hard, too loud. At least that's what Grandmother, Father, and Mother say. Grandfather doesn't say anything at first, but then he helps her find where she fits in. At the end Natsumi is able to make her family proud.

You can read about the author's other books here and the illustrator's books here.

Here's a fascinating look at the story behind the story of this book that took eight years!

The Someday Birds

SomedayBirdscover.jpgThe Someday Birds (HarperCollins Children's Books, 2017) by Sally J. Pla is a moving and amazing story. I would have chosen this book as the Newbery winner if they'd let me.

Charlie likes routine. He's also fascinated by birds. His younger twin brothers and older sister are not so patient with his routines or interests. With Dad in the hospital and not able to speak due to a brain injury from his time as a war journalist in Afghanistan, Gram is staying with them. None of them like the fact that Charlie speaks too directly about Dad's condition. But life is about to change drastically for all of them, including a lady who might be a spy, a road trip, and of course for Charlie, birds.

I love how the chapter headings are related to birds in some way. I also love this story being in Charlie's viewpoint and how he deals with his OCD/sensitivity/autism spectrum issues.

This award-winning book is the author's debut. Read more about her here and about her other books here. And you should definitely read this blog post about what it was like for her as a child and how a teacher made a difference.

Warcross

Warcross_final.jpgI loved Warcross (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2017) by Marie Lu and am thrilled there's a sequel coming soon.

Emika Chen is a hacker and bounty hunter who is down on her luck. Frustrated she hacks into the International Warcross Championship and is seen! Instead of being arrested, she's contacted by her idol Hideo Tanaka, the creator of Warcross. He flies her from NY to Tokyo where he asks her to be a spy in the tournaments of this popular virtual reality video game. Emika is in even before she sees the promised bounty.

Fun, action, danger, and even romance is in this near future sci-fi that moves rapidiy. I did not want to put this thriller down. And what a shocker ending!

Wildcard, comes out in September! (Love that cover! I know. I'm gushing. But you don't want to miss this duology.) Wildcard_3d.png






Read about Marie Lu's other books here.

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