A lovely stepmother–daughter relationship unfolds in a small, hot, California desert trailer park community. Friendship, school bullying, and the vicissitudes of running a café come into play in this funny, beguiling trilogy, the first book of which won the coveted Newbery Award. (Grades 4–6, Atheneum Books)
A family of sisters gets along in a Louisa May Alcott sort of way, but much more humorously. (Grades 4–7, Yearling Books)
Powerful heroines and dark secrets abound in this epic fantasy world where not even your thoughts are safe. (Grades 9–12, Dial Books)
Andrea's three magic lamp wishes:
1) I wish I were 15 again. 2) I wish Tavi Gevinson were my best friend. 3) I wish everyone would read Rookie magazine for down-to-earth, effortlessly cool, do-your-thang-gurl tips on fashion and life. In lieu of that, pick up Rookie: Yearbook One for a holdable, huggable version of this spectacular style resource.
Although readers have waited 11 years for this sequel to the 2000 Newbery Honor book Our Only May Amelia, no time has passed for our protagonist, still 12 years old and living in rural Washington at the beginning of the 20th century. Although perceived as “trouble” by her father simply because she’s not a boy, May Amelia’s resolve and “sisu” (Finnish for chutzpah) never wavers. Her striking narrative voice is edgy and accessible, and Holm’s choice to forgo quotations marks in favor of the creative use of capital letters adds a modern quality to this unique historical novel. An engaging and original look at turn-of-the-century misogyny and feminism, skillfully told.