Revelations. Power. New friends. Browsing through the library to find new books for children and teens by Virginia authors…
Forget-Her-Nots by Amy Brecount White tells the story of a teenage girl who, after the death of her mother, enters boarding school and discovers her unique ability to create bouquets that bring to life the language of flowers. There’s more than just a splash of scent and color in that long-stemmed rose. White says her favorite flower is the lily, associated with beauty, elegance and sweetness. Read with your own floral bouquet in mind.
Mockingbird by Kathy Erskine also relates a young girl’s quest for friendship and acceptance, as well as the healing potential of a shared project, as she tries to cope with the death of her brother. Gentle humor marks her conversations with classmates, teachers and her dad as she describes the world through the lens of Asperger’s syndrome.
Boys join in and Saturday Night Live take note! Bo, the lively main character in Sara Lewis Holmes‘ Operation Yes, learns to love improv. Can he also raise his academic standing at his school on an Air Force base and then mend a rift with his dad that seems as persistent as an F-16 jet racing down the runway? Theater might be fun, but it has nothing to do with deployment and war — or does it? Bo and friends emerge as an ensemble cast as the plot takes a couple surprising twists!
And for those looking for fun with young readers…
Jackie Jules has a new series. The first book is out now, Zapato Power: Freddie Ramos Takes Off. A pair of purple sneakers catapults young Freddie across the school yard and straight toward adventure.
Two whimsical picture books recently released in paperback are Alphie the Apostrophe and Penny and the Punctuation Bee by Moira Donohue. Who knew that commas, periods and apostrophes have personalities? In Donohue’s world, punctuation marks lead cheers, tell riddles and perform magic tricks.