The Cellist

I have always enjoyed the Gabriel Allon spy series by Silva, but this latest is a bit disappointing. I found it rather long on details and very political, which is not what I expected to find. The author makes his opinions known to the reader, and he adds an addendum at the end of the book explaining all the fine points on the last presidential election. If you’re into political mysteries, however, then you’ll enjoy this title.

Remembering 9/11 with Kids and Teens

Since we just had the 20th anniversary of 9/11, I had searched for some kids’ book titles and found the following list and discussion by several of the authors listed. You can view it here. There are a few titles left off the list: Eleven by Tom Rogers (2014) and a new picture book just out at the end of August: The Survivor Tree about a tree that managed to survive the destruction of that day. It is written by Marcie Colleen and illustrated by Aaron Becker.

September Roses

Cover image for September roses

As the 20 year mark approaches, I am reminded of this picture book about 9/11. When the planes hit the towers, two women from South Africa had just arrived in New York for a flower show. When the show was cancelled, they formed the thousands of roses into the shape of the Twin Towers in Union Square Park. This short picture book describes the memorial with heartfelt simplicity. Never intending the book to get published, Winter was persuaded to submit her handmade book. September Roses is a window into the events of this tragic time that children can understand.

Arsenic and Adobo

What happens when a food critic falls into his meal and dies at your aunt’s restaurant? Lila is determined to discover how her ex-boyfriend Derek could have been poisoned at her Tita Rosie’s cafe. And someone had planted drugs in Lila’s restaurant locker, so she is furious at being accused of dealing drugs. With the aid of her Filipino godmothers and her best friend Adeena, who works next door at Java Jo’s, Lila goes after the murderer. Can she find out the culprit before it’s too late? This is the first in a new series by Mia Mansansala. Lots of interesting recipes at the back of the novel to try out, too!