Author Laura Ingalls Wilder was born 150 years ago on February 7, 1867. You can read a couple of reflections at the New York Times and Shelf Awareness. Stay tuned for a special program about Laura Ingalls Wilder this summer!
Rap was big when I was in high school. I remember one of my classmates writing a moving tribute for the school paper when Tupac Shakur died. But what really surprised me, a year later, was seeing a portrait of him prominently displayed by a street artist in Paris, France. Those memories of what he meant to people and his worldwide reach came back to me when I first saw After Tupac and D Foster, which begins, “The summer before D Foster’s real mama came and took her away, Tupac wasn’t dead yet.”
After Tupac and D Foster: A Novel by Jacqueline Woodson
In the New York City borough of Queens in 1996, three girls bond over their shared love of Tupac Shakur’s music, as together they try to make sense of the unpredictable world in which they live. This title is also available as a downloadable ebook and in a kit with a Playaway audiobook.
“I was named after a criminal. Mom says that’s a dramatic way of looking at things, but sometimes the truth is dramatic.
“‘The name Miranda stands for people’s rights,’ she said last fall, when I was upset because Robbie B. had told me during gym that I was named after a kidnapper.”
-from When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
When I saw that today was going to be the 50th anniversary of the Miranda Decision, I thought it would be a good opportunity to highlight this excellent and unusual book.
It’s a hard title to describe, especially without giving away too much. It’s narrated by a girl who loves A Wrinkle in Time. It’s a story about middle school and friendship and New York City (I was surprised to see it recommended for fans of Wonder, but when you think of if that way it makes sense). There are some very strange things happening– not just Miranda’s mom getting ready to be on a game show, or a boy punching her best friend for no reason– but mysterious and anonymous notes in strange places.
This title is available as an audiobook (Playaway, CD, and download) as well as a regular print book, large print book, and downloadable ebook.