Saturday, May 25, 2019

The Astonishing Maybe - an audiobook review

The Astonishing Maybe
By Shaunta Grimes
Read by Ramon De Ocampo
Macmillan Audio

I recently reviewed The Astonishing Maybe for AudioFile Magazine. I can't post my review here; however, I'd like to say just a few things about it.

Gideon Quinton is the book's main character, a rising middle-schooler whose family has recently relocated to Nevada. He is the story's main character, but his new neighbor, Roona, drives the plot. She and her mother are most everything that the Quintons are not. Against all odds, she and Gideon become inseparable.

I don't want to say that this is a book about depression and incarceration and a troubled family because I don't want that to put you off from reading it. What I want to say is that if you have a child or were a child, or are a child, or know a child that comes from a perfectly nice, safe, and boring family—be thankful, be grateful, be kind—and read this book because you need to know that there are other families that are just as loving as yours, but they're struggling and they need you look on their struggles with compassion rather than judgement.

If you have a child,  or are a child, or were a child, or know a child that comes from a family struggling with depression or an incarcerated parent—be caring, be resilient, be persistent—and read this book because you need to know that there are other families out there that are just like yours. You are not alone.

With a sprinkling of magical realism and hopefulness, Shaunta Grimes does a stellar job of tackling difficult topics for young readers. I hope you read or listen to her book.

My review of The Astonishing Mabye for AudioFile Magazine is linked here. []

Read an excerpt from The Astonishing Maybe

Friday, May 3, 2019

Free Comic Book Day!

Free Comic Book Day #FCBD is tomorrow. You've got all day to locate your nearest comic book shop (if you don't already know it) and make plans to visit tomorrow.  Don't miss it!


BTW, if you're a librarian, did you know that in June, ALA announced the creation of a new official round table, the Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table (GNCRT)?  If you're already an ALA member, round table membership is very affordable—$5 for students/support staff and $15 for librarians. If you're not an ALA member,  you can  join the GNCRT Facebook group for free. Check us out!

Beneath the Waves - a review

As we read disturbing news accounts of dying manatees , environmental disasters caused by toxic waste, and ocean pollution on the scale of ...