“I don’t know how yet – but the towers falling is my history, too.” When her fifth-grade teacher hints that a series of lessons about home and community will culminate with one big answer about two tall towers once visible outside their classroom window, Deja can’t help but feel confused. She sets off on a … Continue reading "Lit Bite: Towers Falling"
Everything is connected, and everyone has something important to bring to the table. That’s the message of Willodeen by Katherine Applegate. This story is written almost like a fable, set in a fantasy world very similar to ours, in which humans have thrown nature out of balance through ignorance and monetary gain. Willodeen is a young … Continue reading "Lit Bite: Willodeen"
“Every hero has a story…” Yonder is such a beautiful story! Ali Stanish has written a beautifully layered story about friendship, what it means to be a hero, coming-of-age and realizing the world isn’t as rosy as you’d once believed. Danny Timmons has looked up to Jack Bailey as a hero for years. But in … Continue reading "Lit Bite: Yonder"
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Art Spiegleman’s masterpiece, the Maus duology, is one of the most compelling and important graphic novels your teen will read. With the recent controversy surrounding it, I thought it was important to write a Lit Bite around it. I first read Maus several years ago and it has stuck with me ever since. Part memoir … Continue reading "Lit Bite: Maus I and II"
“It was a dark and stormy night…” And so begins A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, a classic children’s science fiction novel. We follow Meg and her gifted brother Charles Wallace as they travel through space and time to rescue their father from the growing darkness spreading across the universe. A Wrinkle in Time … Continue reading "Lit Bite: A Wrinkle in Time"
Ophie’s Ghosts might be the best middle-grade novel I read in 2022, so far! Beautifully written, this is a story about grief, ghosts, and racism in 1920s America. Ophie and her mother have just moved to Pittsburgh after her father’s death, and they struggle to make a life for themselves. But Ophie has a secret … Continue reading "Lit Bite: Ophie’s Ghosts"