by Fridrik Erlings
In this Sakura Medal-winning novel, the author tells a poignant story of a 13-year-old boy growing up in Iceland. Written with humor and honest prose, the author handles even the ordinary events of the boy's life with great empathy and compassion.
Secret Pizza Party
by Adam Rubin
Raccoon just wants pizza, but his nemesis, the Pizza Man, won’t let him have a slice without a fight. Raccoon takes measures into his own hands. He throws himself a secret pizza party, where he can finally indulge in his favorite food in peace.
The Reason I Jump
by Naoki Higashida
This one-of-a-kind memoir was written by the author at the age of 13, giving readers an eye-opening look into the autistic mind. It’s a must read for anyone who is struggling to understand autism, or for those looking for an inspirational and revelatory read.
by Jennifer Roy
In this gripping book, the author recounts the horrific tale of her Aunt Sylvia's time in the Łódź Ghetto, in Poland, during the Holocaust. Using taped phone conversations, Roy presents her aunt's story from a first-person perspective of a child, which brings the story uniquely to life.
Memories of a Marriage
by Louis Begley
A successful marriage between a WASP woman from one of New England’s first families and the son of a lowly Newport garage owner seems inconceivable, even if he is a Harvard graduate. The author, writing as a paragon of high society himself, wickedly describes the downfall of such a marriage.
Mathew Brady: Portraits of a Nation
by Robert Wilson
In the mid-19th century, Mathew Brady photographed the likes of politicians Henry Clay and Daniel Webster. But it was his Civil War photographs that became an important part of American history, as that war was the first to be recorded photographically.
Member: Richard E Freeman
Title:The books of Shel Silverstein, including Falling Up, A Light in the Attic and Where the Sidewalk Ends
What are the books about?
The poems are about everything you can imagine and never could have imagined. There is one about being careful crossing the street and one about a dentist pulling out the teeth of a crocodile with a toothache. Every poem features a funny drawing by the author.
What did you like about them?The wacky, cartoon-like drawings, the hilarious, imaginative subjects and the humorous way the poems teach safety, manners, kindness, tolerance, helpfulness and all the virtues that every child should learn and every grownup should have learned.
Why did you choose them?
Because the drawings are so delightful and the poems are so entertaining, with their playful rhymes, unexpected puns and philosophical wisdom.
What other book(s) would you recommend?
Silverstein's illustrated book The Giving Tree, which will make you almost cry, and Lafcadio: The Lion Who Shot Back, which will give you laughs on every page.