Multcolib My Librarian Alison: The half-remembered continent of childhood

Something Wicked This Way Comes
Something Wicked This Way Comes By Bradbury, Ray Book - 2001 FICTION BRADBURY 2001 Available in some locations

Annotation:When a carnival comes to town, two boys are introduced to a sinister and disturbing world.

We the Animals
We the Animals By Torres, Justin Book - 2011 FICTION TORRES 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:An intense exploration of what it really means to be children at the mercy of adults who are often not fully formed themselves.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane
The Ocean at the End of the Lane By Gaiman, Neil Book - 2013 FICTION GAIMAN 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:A man reflects on events of his childhood precipitated by a suicide, and linking him to a terrifying supernatural world.

Dandelion Wine
Dandelion Wine A Novel By Bradbury, Ray Book - 1999 FICTION BRADBURY Available in some locations

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)

When We Were Romans
When We Were Romans A Novel By Kneale, Matthew Book - 2009 FICTION KNEALE 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:A young boy struggles to understand his mother's motivations after she takes them on an impromptu road trip to Rome.

A High Wind in Jamaica
A High Wind in Jamaica By Hughes, Richard Arthur Warren Book - 1999 FICTION HUGHES 1999 Available in some locations

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.

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle A Novel By Wroblewski, David Book - 2008 FICTION WROBLEWSK 2008 Available in some locations

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.

Bee Season
Bee Season A Novel By Goldberg, Myla Book - 2001 FICTION GOLDBERG 2001 Available in some locations

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.

The Book of Lost Things
The Book of Lost Things By Connolly, John Book - 2006 FICTION CONNOLLY All copies in use Availability details

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.

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close By Foer, Jonathan Safran Book - 2005 FICTION FOER Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 27 copies

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.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time By Haddon, Mark Book - 2003 FICTION HADDON Available in some locations

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.

Atonement A Novel By McEwan, Ian Book - 2002 FICTION MCEWAN All copies in use Availability details Holds: 2 on 11 copies

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.

The Book Thief
The Book Thief By Zusak, Markus Book - 2007 y ZUSAK 2007 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 22 copies

Annotation:Liesel struggles to find meaning amidst the horrors of war through her love of storytelling and books.

Girl in Translation
Girl in Translation By Kwok, Jean Book - 2010 FICTION KWOK 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:This autobiographical novel recounts a young girl's experience as a new immigrant and the child of a single and struggling mother.

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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.

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