My most recent reads were given to me by my other book source, my sister Grace. "Ida B" and "True ... Sort of" are middle grade novels by Katherine Hannigan.
"Ida B" struck a deep chord with me, as she is homeschooled, as I was, and her mama gets cancer, as my aunt did. USA Today says, “This bittersweet, funny and realistic tale about a child’s first taste of life’s more difficult problems begs to be read aloud and announces the arrival of a new writer to watch.” Here is an mp3 excerpt to which you can listen for a little taste of its apple-y goodness. I am really grateful that someone was able to dig and delve into a child's perspective and write it out to be understood. Our reactions are not always clear to us, but reading "Ida B" cleared things in my own adult head.
"True ... Sort of" is a great tale of friendship between outcasts--but different than anything you've heard. Smart cheeky Delly hates that she's always in trouble but can't get away from it. Brud can't manage too many syllables without a stutter, but he loves basketball. Ferris Boyd has chosen selective mutism to shield herself from the world of humans, as she seeks refuge with animals. While dealing with heavy subjects, this story is full of fun, Dellyventures, surpresents, hideawaysis, mysturiosity and a whole Dellyictionary! Here's a video clip of Katherine Hannigan, giving us some behind-the scenes.
To finish off today, now you really must go to D.G. Hudson's blog, to read four charming vignettes on scene observed in Paris cafés. Enjoy your Saturday!