The New Girl . . . and Me

The New Girl . . . and Me by Jacqui Robbins; ill. by Matt Phelan Atheneum, 2006 32 pages When I was in sixth grade, my family moved cross-country from Los Angeles to the rural South. It was a miserable move for me, for many reasons. One of them was the fact that we moved … Continue reading The New Girl . . . and Me


Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans Simon & Schuster, 1939 54 pages "In an old house in Paris, covered with vines, lived twelve little girls in two straight lines . . ." Male or female, you recognize those words, don't you? They're the opening to each of Ludwig Bemelmans' iconic Madeline stories, a series of picture books … Continue reading Madeline

“I could do something really big”

The Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill Aladdin Paperbacks, 2002 113 pages It's a common scenario in juvenile literature: misunderstood, marginalized kid meets sympathetic, unconventional adult, and epiphanies/personal growth/life changes ensue. In The Year of Miss Agnes, the kid is 10-year-old Fred(erika), an Athabascan Indian living in a 1940s Alaskan bush village.  The adult … Continue reading “I could do something really big”