New Books for Girls

Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

Reading Level: Ages 8 - 12

Dad has been left in charge of the house in Mom's absence and  there is no milk for  his children's cereal.  Not much of a plot unless the author is Neil Gaiman.  In the ultimate "the dog ate my homework" story, Dad explains why it took so long to get the milk.  The story involves alien aduction, pirates, a dinosaur professor in a hot-air balloon, "wumpires," the space-time continuum- oh, you get the idea.  Illustrator Skottie Young 's illustrations manage to match the zaniness of the plot.  I'd write more, but I think Bigfoot needs help finding a book and there's the spell cast on the Youth Services Department and . . .

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Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan

Reading Level:  Grades 6 -9

Told in free verse, this is the story of Kasienka, who has just left her native Poland for a tenament in England.  Her mother was determined to follow her father who left the family two years before and hasn't been heard from since.  Kasienka is miserable in her new life.  At her middle school the popular girls bully her and at home her mother is determined to continue the exhausting, fruitless search for her father.  Only when she's swimming does Kasienka feel good and empowered.

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The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba's Greatest Abolotionist by Margarita Engle

Reading Level:  Ages 12 and up

This inspiring free verse novel is the fictionalized story of the early teen years of  Cuban poet/abollitionist Gertrudis Gomez de Avellaneda (1814-1873.)  At thirteen, Tula uses her poetry and plays to express her views about freedom, both for the slaves of Cuba and for the young girls who are sold into arranged marriages to the highest bidder.  In defiance of her family's wishes  Tula is determined to live a free life.  Other poems give added dimension as the reader hear from her supportive brother, the nuns who nuture Tula, her disgusted mother, and the freed slave who has not  had the courage to leave. Tula's is a beautiful and powerful story.

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Cameron and the Girls by Edward Averett

Reading Level: Grades 7 - 10

Cameron has schiophreniform disorder, a form of schizophrenia.  At fourteen, he decides he's old enough to make the decision to go off his meds.   Without medication Cameron hears voices.  He hears The Professor who gives good solid advice.  Then there's The Girl who is everything Cameron could want in a relationship except that she's not real.  Then a new voice called The Other Guy tells Cameron to be more macho and take risks.  When a girl in his special ed class shows an interest in Cameron an unusual love triangle develops. 


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