Kenny and the Dragon

Tony DiTerlizzi’s Kenny and the Dragon tells how Kenny befriended a dragon and taught his whole town about acceptance and not judging someone based on something you heard about them. Its a fun story with a little rabbit racing his bike alongside a giant dragon.

I read this with my son’s 3rd grade class.

Read February 2018

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Hearse and Gardens

Hearse and Gardens, by Kathleen Bridge, is a light hearted murder mystery in the luxurious, wealthy world of the Hamptons. Its a cute story that has an Interior Designer searching through secret passageways of huge mansions for clues.

Cute, fun read. Read February 2018

The Book of Unknown Americans

Cristina Henriquez’s The Book of Unknown Americans follows the story of a group of immigrants living in an apartment building. I read this without knowing it was a Young Adult novel, and didn’t enjoy it much. It adds a lot of details on how immigrants got to DE, the types of challenges they’re facing, and how they interact with each other and those in their communities.

While there interesting back stories, the relationships and stories that are told in current time don’t seem to have much in common until the very end. It felt like a hodgepodge of stories that are only linked because they live next door to each other. If someone thinks immigrants all have similar backstories, this novel might open their eyes on how different the experiences of immigrants can be. I don’t fall into this category and expected more than a collection of stories.

Read February 2018