Remembering 9/11 with Kids and Teens

September 15, 2021 by

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

September 9, 2021 by
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

September 8, 2021 by

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!

LeBron James Middle Grade Fiction

September 2, 2021 by

Basketball star LeBron James has just released his first chapter book, We Are Family. Five kids are looking forward to the after school basketball program when the news it is cancelled shatters their dreams. James builds the plot to make it more than just about a ball game. The team is a “family, an escape, a dream.” Knowing the author is a professional athlete propels the story forward and each player is built up so we invest in the outcome of the story.

The Vanishing Stair

September 1, 2021 by

Number two in the Truly Devious teen mystery series, The Vanishing Stair has Stevie Bell returning to the prestigious Ellingham Academy, where the murder of a student took place before she was sent home. Edward King, a politician that her parents work for, convinces those parents to let Stevie go back to the school. In turn, he expects her to keep an eye on his son, whom Stevie likes very much. Actually, the same intensity of feeling with which she dislikes Edward King. Another student’s dead body turns up, and the stakes are raised. Can Stevie solve the mystery of Ellingham and catch the murderer before it’s too late? Tune in to find out…


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