Reviews by Sue K.
Titles are listed alphabetically by the author's last name. You can click the title of each book to check its availability in the WPL catalog.
P.S. Be Eleven|
In this sequel to "One Crazy Summer", Delphine, age 11 and her younger sisters, Vonetta and Fern, return to their Brooklyn home after visiting their poet mom, Celine, in Oakland, CA. This story is set in 1968, with references to the Jackson Five singing group and the Vietnam War. The girls must readjust to their grandmother's very old fashioned, strict ways, their father's new wife, and their young uncle's return from Vietnam and descent into drug addiction. Delphine tells a lively story that readers in grades 4-7 will enjoy.
WPL Call Number: J Williams-Garcia
Brenda Berman, Wedding Expert|
Jane Breskin Zalben
Brenda is very excited because her favorite uncle is getting married and Brenda wants to be his flower girl. But Brenda discovers that she faces new realities that challenge her. She has a new aunt and cousin to get adjusted to, who stir up unpleasant feelings of jealousy. Fortunately, Brenda learns how to enjoy her new kind aunt and cousin. Charming illustrations make this a good read for primary readers.
WPL Call Number: J Zalben
Garden of My Imaan|
Fifth grade Aliya is uniquely Indian-American and Muslim at her public school. She has many concerns that she shares with her large, loving, supportive family and her diary, in which she writes to Allah. Her worries include the following: what will her classmates think about her as she fasts for Ramadan; how can she share her feelings about being a Muslim with her non-Muslim friends; how does she navigate a friendship with a new Muslim girl, Marwa, who is devoutly religious and wears a hijab; how does she cope with prejudice against Muslims related to 9/11; how can she be a more devout Muslim, and what can she do to make cute Josh like her a little? Not only is this story is fun to read, it is an important contribution to our culturally diverse world. Moreover, the story demonstrates that Muslims differ in their observance just like other faiths do. A glossary of Urdu and Arabic expressions complete the novel.
WPL Call Number: J Zia