Hold Fast by Blue Balliett
I loved this amazing mix of mystery, poetry, creativity and hope! Early is an inspiring young girl whose father is a library page at the Harold Washington Library and has recently gone missing. The plot thickens as the family discovers how they can survive without their head of the household and eventually, without their house!
This is an amazing account of a loving family that loses their home but not their hope. Through the inspiring lines of Langston Hughes’ poetry and the deep love of reading these parents have instilled in their children, Early learns to “Hold Fast to her dreams…”
Joy is too quiet of a word for this one! I just adored this book and will own a copy soon so I can underline all of the wonderful phrasing and reread this brilliant story!
Splendors and Glooms
A powerful witch with a deadly inheritance. A sinister puppeteer who manipulates children to achieve his dark purposes. A wealthy daughter whose life is shadowed by grief, guilt and secrets. And two orphaned children, caught up in an ancient rivalry. Is this really a book for kids? The latest work by Newbery Medal winner Laura Amy Schlitz, and a 2013 Newbery Honor Book, Splendors and Glooms is an absorbing, nightmarish journey through 19th Century London, filled with fog, poverty, and magic, that will appeal to older kids, and also to any adult who appreciates complex, well-drawn characters in a compelling and highly original story.
The Box by Axel Janssens
Leo has a brand new, fancy bicycle and is proudly showing it off to his friends. Suddenly, he runs into a big, cardboard box in the middle of the schoolyard! Leo is not hurt physically, but his feelings are another issue. Kenny is the creative genius positioned in this cardboard box, and he has a great deal to teach Leo the cyclist. This is a wonderful story about the gifts of friendship and imagination, and how they both can take you many more places than a bicycle!