… and now Miguel (Joseph Krumgold)
CHILDREN’S SECTION TOUR: BOOK 16
Miguel is struggling to find his place in his family. His only dream this year is to be allowed to go up to the sheep camp in the mountains with the men for the summer, but he is not old enough. Throughout the book Miguel narrates the story as he finds ways to take on new responsibilities. The story takes place near Taos, New Mexico, near the Sangre de Cristo mountains, and is infused with a wonderful sense of place.
The Lives of Children: The Story of the First Street School (George Dennison)
Young House Love (Sherry & John Petersik)
The Children of the Dream (Bruno Bettleheim)
The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World (E.L. Konigsburg)
CHILDREN’S SECTION TOUR: BOOK 15
Amedeo Kaplan has just moved to town, and is looking for a friend, and a treasure to discover. He gets both in William Wilcox, who is helping in his mom’s estate sale business by cleaning out the treasure-filled house of Mrs. Zender, Amedeo’s neighbor. When they find a small drawing by Modigliani in her library, Amedeo starts to uncover it’s history, and finds that it links Mrs. Zender, Nazi Germany, and his godfather, Peter Vanderwaal.
The characters seemed not very fleshed out, and there were plenty of issues, such as the class difference between Amedeo and William, that I wish had been explored further. I eventually figured out that this book was meant to tie in to several others with the same characters, and their back-stories are explored further in those books.
The Backward Day (Ruth Krauss & Marc Simont)
Open House For Butterflies (Ruth Krauss & Maurice Sendak)
Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat (Lynne Jonell)
CHILDREN’S SECTION TOUR: BOOK 14
Emmy’s family recently inherited a large house and a large amount of money from a distant relative. Ever since they moved in, and Emmy got a nanny named Miss Barmy, things have seemed a bit off. Emmy’s parents used to love spending time with her, now they are always off traveling, and seem to forget she even exists. Miss Barmy keeps feeding her weird “health food”, and never lets Emmy out of her sight. Emmy tries so hard to be good so that her parents will want to spend time with her, but when she helps the class pet rat escape and they become friends, she finds it’s enjoyable to be bad sometimes. Emmy is thrown into a mystery involving her parents, her weird nanny, supernatural rodents, an underground rat city, and the odd time when nobody seems to be able to remember that she exists.
Finn Family Moomintroll (Tove Jansson)
CHILDREN’S BOOK TOUR: BOOK 13