Multcolib My Librarian Alison: The half-remembered continent of childhood
Annotation:"Rhapsodic is the word to describe this episodic novel of the summer of 1928, when 12-year-old Douglas Spaulding first realizes, with a visceral rush, that he is alive! The other discoveries he makes during that memorable season are the stuff of this series of semiautobiographical stories, all set in Greentown, Illinois, a surrogate for Bradbury's own hometown of Waukegan." (Booklist)
Annotation:A one-of-a-kind book about how terrifying and strange childhood can be. The story centers around kids who are traveling to England by ship when they are attacked by pirates; they find that they must adapt to life on a pirate ship.
Annotation:A mute boy has a special connection with the dogs that are raised on his family farm. They are his only solace when tragedy strikes and an uncle with questionable motives shows up and inserts himself into the family's life.
Annotation:Nine year old Eliza seems to be the ordinary one in a family of gifted and talented people - until she discovers a gift for spelling, a gift that will become her entry into a mystical world.
Annotation:12 year old David is angry and hurt after the death of his mother. He increasingly takes refuge in the fairy tales that he and his mother read together, until they take on a life of their own.
Annotation:Nine year old Meet Oskar Schell, inventor, Francophile, pacifist, and much more, struggles to the hidden meaning he is sure is buried in the mystery of his father's death in the World Trade Center on 9/11.
Annotation:Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.
Annotation:One hot afternoon, thirteen year old Briony sees her sister and a boy swimming in the fountain of their country home. She constructs a story around the event that will change all three of their lives.
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I am drawn to stories about kids who have one foot in the naive world of childhood while the other is creeping into the the mysterious and forbidden world of adulthood. Sometimes the child misunderstands what the adults are up to, and sometimes they suspect, rightly, that adults are not the incorruptible and all-knowing people they’ve professed to be.