By Donna Gephart. New York: Delacorte Press, 2012.
At first glance, it appears that this book is all about trivia questions and game shows. To a point, it is. But, what I really appreciated about this story was the back story of what Olivia has been going through the past two years. Her father is a gambler, and from snippets revealed in conversations Olivia has with him over the phone where is so eager to end the conversation so he can make it to the tables, he has quite the addiction. But, to Olivia, he is dad and she loves and misses him and wishes he were home. She doesn't understand why he left her, her little brother, and mom to run off with her best friend Nikki's mom and take Nikki with them. She doesn't understand why her mom has a new live-in boyfriend Neil. As Olivia struggles with her feelings about her new life situation, she comes to realize who is important in her life and what defines a family. This is a wonderful book, especially for a reluctant reader, because the chapters are very short and begin with a question just like Jeopardy! which the reader should have the answer to at the end of each chapter. Also, you learn some fun trivia, too!
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
It's a sad day for lovers of children's literature. Author and illustrator Maurice Sendak died today at age 83. He wrote one of my favorite books, Where The Wild Things Are, when read at storytimes inevitably causes children to break out into "a wild rumpus." Read his obituary here. He will be sorely missed.