Snow Willows 2011 Continued

Dear George Clooney by Susin Nielsen

This funny and engaging realistic fiction novel will entertain your teen readers.  Violet’s parents have recently divorced and her mother is struggling to make ends meet and raise her daughters alone.  Violet is angry and hugely protective of her mother and sister.  Her strong friendship with Phoebe, her best friend since forever and her budding romance with Jean-Paul help her through when things get rough.  Well worth the laughs, great for your realistic and humour fans.

No Safe Place by Deborah Ellis

Deborah Ellis hits another one out of the park in this novel for young people and adults alike.  This story follows the lives and struggles of three migrant teens as they cross the English Channel on their way to a new life in England.  Your adventure and realistic fiction fans will be delighted.

Tbe Worst Thing She Did by Alice Kuipers

It took me a bit to get past the diary style on this one.  It was the second book in the Willows from this year with a young distraught protagonist working out their issues in a diary they were required to keep by their therapist.  Perhaps if I’d read it first I wouldn’t have found the first bit to be contrived feeling, I’m not sure. The book and character grew on me over the course of the read.  The story’s climax and conclusion are satisfying and worth the extra effort of working through the first bit.  Good for those who like realistic fiction from a young woman’s point of view.

Home Truths by Jill MacLean

Home Truths is the story of a young bully and his life at home which stinks of course.  The main character, Brick, is someone you want to hate but can’t quite.  Almost diary-like in format, we follow the trials of Brick as he copes with his neglectful mother, abusive father and needy sister.  The subject matter is pretty nasty but the characters and amusing interludes lighted it up when need be.  Realistic fiction which might just appeal to the boys in your clientele.

Puppet by Eva Wiseman

Julie’s friend Esther dies and the village accuses the Jewish community of ‘blood libel’, that is, they believe Esther was used as a sacrifice.  A young Jewish boy, Morris, from the village says he witnessed the act but Julie can’t believe it.  Eva Wiseman tells the story through the eyes of Julie.  The event is factual a tragedy from Hungary 1882.  The story is told vibrantly and with compassion.  A great addition to the historical fiction section of any K-8 library.

A Hare in the Elephant’s Trunk by Jan L. Coates

Jacob Deng lives in Sudan and Sudan has just erupted in violence.  His life is forever changed as he is forced to flee his home on foot to Ethiopia.  Jan Coates tells Jacob’s story with wit and candor.  A Hare in the Elephant’s Trunk is the biographical account of the troubles in Sudan and their effect on one young boy. A well-told story and an important addition to the ongoing story of Canada and her immigrants.  A book for young people interested in real events and people.

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5 responses to “Snow Willows 2011 Continued

  1. Jane Glen

    You should think about joining the Willow selection committee sometime. You have good insights and I know you like to read. Welcome back, by the way.

    • Thanks Jane. I’d enjoy that I’ll bet. I’d also have to run it by my other half as I’m working far more than half right now and have to watch my gungho-ness. It’s good to be home and great to hear from you.

  2. Thanks for appreciating my novel and blogging about it!

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