Paper Things – Jennifer Jacobson
Paper Things is a thrilling novel by Jennifer Jacobson that tells the life of a nineteen-year-old Gage and his younger sister being homeless for six weeks. When Ari’s mother died four years ago, she had two final wishes: that Ari and her older brother, Gage, would stay together always, and that Ari would go to Carter, the middle school for gifted students. So, when nineteen-year-old Gage decides he can no longer live with their bossy guardian, Janna, Ari knows she must go with him. But it’s been two months, and Gage still hasn’t found them an apartment. He and Ari have been “couch surfing,” staying with Gage’s friend in a tiny apartment, crashing with Gage’s girlfriend and two roommates, and if necessary, sneaking into a juvenile shelter to escape the cold Maine nights. But all this jumping around makes it hard for Ari to keep up with her schoolwork, never mind her friendships, and getting into Carter starts to seem impossible. Will Ari be forced to break one of her promises to Mama?
This novel will engender empathy and understanding of a serious and all-too-real problem. Jacobson’s story is poignant but never preachy. — School Library Journal
Paper Things by Jennifer Jacobson is a heart-touching novel and is originally published on February 10, 2015. Paper Things is a Rebecca Caudill 2019 nominee and has won several awards such as, the ILA Social Justice Literature Award for Fiction winner, and Hudson Bookseller’s Best of Summer 2015. I would recommend Paper Things to a reader that is looking for a thrilling novel.
~Vishnu, Teen Blogger
You can find Paper Things on the Rebecca Caudill shelf during the 2018-19, and in the Juvenile Fiction section at J JACOBSEN.
Today I recommend: Pablo and Birdy by Alison McGhee and illustrated by Ana Juan.
This descriptive novel is about a boy named Pablo and his lavender colored parrot, called Birdy. One morning, during the change of winds, baby Pablo and birdy washed up on the shore of Isla floating on a tiny baby pool wrapped in twine. Emanuel, a shop owner took Pablo in and raised him. Birdy was always by Pablo’s side. Birdy was like Pablo’s guardian and friend. But when Pablo turns ten, he wants to know who his parents are, where he came from, and other things like that. And besides that, there are the legends of the Sea Farring parrot, a mystical parrot that can hear all sounds and noises of the world at anytime.
This book was amazingly descriptive, very funny and touching. There were funny characters, including a group of parrots and a chicken called the committee. I listened to the audiobook version, and it was hilarious. My favorite character is the pastry stealing dog because he is funny and does not learn his lesson.
~Teen blogger, Elizabeth N.
You can find the audiobook in the Juvenile Audiobook section at jCD FIC MCGHEE, and the book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J MCGHEE.
For this Throwback Thursday I recommend: The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge.
In 1842, thirteen-year-old orphan Maria Merryweather arrives at her ancestral home in an enchanted village in England’s West Country, where she discovers it is her destiny to right the wrongs of her ancestors and end an ancient feud.
This classic was originally published in 1946 and won the Carnegie Medal. Although the title sounds cute is meant for the older elementary school and middle school audience. The setting is England in 1842, and the detailed descriptions of everything from buildings to clothing to food really transports the reader to this time and place! This does lead to some very dated vocabulary which could be confusing for a young reader but could also be a great time to encourage readers to use a dictionary when they do not understand a word. I recommend this book to fantasy and animal lovers who are looking for a challenge.
Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm.
First published in 1908, this is another great classic book of historical fiction that has been adapted into many movies. This would be great for anyone who enjoyed the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder or the more recently published When Mischief Came to Town by Katrina Nannestad.
You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J MONTGOMERY.
For this Throwback Thursday we’re highlighting: A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
Sara Crewe, a pupil at Miss Minchin’s London school, is left in poverty when her father dies but is later rescued by a mysterious benefactor.
This book was first published in 1905 (and was an expanded version of a short story that had been published in 1888), and has been adapted into many different movies – one of the most well known stars Shirley Temple.
Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny Alden are brothers and sisters – and they’re orphans. The only way they can stay together is to make it on their own. One night, during a storm, the children find an old red boxcar that keeps them warm and safe. They decide to make it their home.
The first book in the series serves as the introduction to these four plucky orphans and the boxcar that they turn into their home but the series quickly focuses on the children’s abilities to solve mysteries. The first book, The Boxcar Children, was published in 1924 and written by Gertrude Chandler Warner who went on to write the first 19 books in the series. Other authors have contributed the other books in this popular series which numbers over 130 books and continue to be published today!
You can find the Boxcar Children series in the Juvenile Mystery section at J MYSTERY WARNER.
A baby girl washes ashore in a tiny skiff. She is found and given the name Crow. As Crow grows, she becomes increasingly curious about many things. Where did she come from? Why is there a light burning on a supposedly deserted island? Is a famed pirate treasure hidden nearby? If you are interested in finding the answers to these questions and more, read Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk.
You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J WOLK.
Snatched from her orphanage by a BFG (Big Friendly Giant), who spends his life blowing happy dreams to children, Sophie concocts with him a plan to save the world from nine other man-gobbling cannibal giants.
Roald Dahl has written a lot of wonderful books for children such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or James and the Giant Peach but this one is my personal favorite. Sophie is an amusing main character, and the idea of the BFG creating happy dreams for children seemed like the perfect kind of magic to me. Originally published in 1982 this book has been adapted into a movie several times most recently by Disney in 2016. Fans of fantasy fiction should check out this classic!
You can find The BFG in the Juvenile Fiction section at J DAHL.
After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee’s life becomes legendary, as he accomplishes athletic and other feats which awe his contemporaries.
Published in 1990, this book by Jerry Spinelli was an American Library Association Children’s Notable Book in 1991 and won the Illinois Reader’s Choice – Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Book Award in 1993. Readers who enjoy realistic fiction will love this classic!
You can find this book in the Juvenile Fiction section at J SPINELLI.
Anne is half past 16 and she’s ready to begin a new life teaching in her old school. She’s as feisty as ever and is determined to inspire young hearts with her own ambitions. But some of her pupils are as boisterous and high-spirited as Anne, and so life in her Avonlea classroom becomes a lesson in discovery and adventure.
If you enjoyed Anne Shirley’s adventures as a young child in Anne of Green Gables, this book is for you! In Anne of Avonlea, you will discover a heart-warming tale of a former orphan who is now a young lady as she realizes her dreams of going to college, becoming an author, and finding love. First published in 1909, this book has also been made into a movie available on DVD.
You can find Anne of Avonlea in the Juvenile Fiction section at J MONTGOMERY.