Mockingbird

From Andrea Kalinowski

Author:  Kathryn  Erskine

Title:  Mockingbird

Just this past year, I have been reading some of the titles my nephew has been reading and, boy, was I pleasantly surprised by the advanced themes they tackled. My nephew is eleven and his recommendations have included Dave at night by Gail Carson Levine, Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine, Out of my mind by Sharon M. Draper, and Wonder by RJ Palacio. All of these books deal with children in unique situations. Out of my mind is an expose of a young girl trapped by cerebral palsy in a silent world while Wonder deals with a young boy with two facial deformities. Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine was my latest read of his recommendations and it was terrific. A young girl, suffering with Asperger’s Syndrome, is forced to come to terms with her brother’s death. Asperger’s Syndrome can be characterized by problems with social skills and communication difficulties. The main character, Caitlin, struggles to show empathy and make friends. She has difficulty understanding why her brother’s death is so hard for her father. Devon was Caitlin’s main instructor in how to cope with life and she now needs to learn new coping techniques. Caitlin and her father, according to Caitlin’s research in her best resource, a dictionary, need to find “closure.”  Caitlin is not sure how to attain closure but she and her father triumph in the end and attain their goal of closure.

THE BOOK OF SOMEDAY

From  ADELE GRESSER

Title:  THE BOOK OF SOMEDAY

Author:  DIANNE DIXON

THISBOOK INTRODUCES THE READER TO 3 CHARACTERS IN SEPARATE SECTIONS. 1) LIVVY GRAY IS TORMENTED BY HER BELIEF THAT SJE WAS UNLOVEDAND UNCARED FOR AS A CHILD. THIS FEELING AFFECTS HER LIFE BEYOND CHILDHOOD.  SHE IS NEVER CERTAIN IF HER VAKUE AND THE MAN SHE LOVES BUT WHOLEHEARTEDLY ADORES HIS LITTLE GIRL WHO WAS MENTALLY ABANDONED BY HER BIRTH MOTHER.  LIVVY WAS CONSTANTLY TORMENTED WITH SOME KNOWLEDGE OF A LADY WEARING PEARL BUTTONS.  2)  MICAH- A BEAUTIFUL  BRILLIANT PHOTOGRAPHER ENTERS A PICTIRE IN A CONTEST AND WINS–DESTROYING A FRIEND WHO ALSO WAS A BRILLIANT PHOTOGRAPHER.  MICAH\’S PICTURE BECOMES A HUGE SUCCESS WHICH LEADS HER TO LIVVI. MICAH HAS CANCER WHICH SHE THINKS WAS PUNISHMENT FOR HURTING LIVVI.  ANNALEE IS MARRIED TO MAN WHO HAS TROUBLE WITH FINDING HIS NITCH IN LIFE.ANNALEE’S MOST PRIZED THING IN HER LIFE IS HER 5 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER,BELLA.ANNALEE INHERITS A HOUSE  THST HAS INTENSE MEMORIES OF HER PARENTS WITH ITS ADORNMENTS AND ART WORK.A TEENAGER COMES ALONG WHO HER HUSBAND HAS ALLOWED TO LIVE WITH THEM..PEROPHINE.  THIS YOUNG GIRL SLOWLY EMERGES FROM A BELIGERANT TEEN BUT UNDER THE TUTORAGE OF ANNALEE INTO A WONDERUL CARING GIRL.  READ HOW THE LIVES OF THESE 3 WOMEN ARE CONNECTED IN THIS GOOD BOOK.

Very Valentine

From Terry DelBalso

Title:  Very Valentine 

Author:  Adriana Trigiani

This book takes you on a jouney from Greenwich Village to Italy and back as the main character Valentine Roncalli steps up to save the family business. Her grandmother is running a business that has been in the family sice 1903 which is failing finacially as the world of craftmanship gets phased out. Valentine finds strength she did not even know she had to bring it to the next level and while doing so she finds love where she least expected it.