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What I Read This Week...
Pax and Blue by Lori Richmond
Pax is a good friend to Blue, a pigeon, bringing him toast every morning. One morning when Blue follows Pax and gets lost in the subway, Pax knows just what to do to help him. The story is short, some of it told through phrases and dialogue, but it is a meaningful one about friendship and helping those who need it. I think early elementary readers will enjoy this story and it will spark thoughts about kindness and empathy.
Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly
I received an ARC of this book at the NCTE conference in the fall. The lives of four very different middle schoolers intersect by chance one afternoon. Virgil is a shy boy who wants to find the courage to befriend Valencia. Valencia, who is deaf, is confident, but without friends. Kaori is the neighborhood psychic and Chet the neighborhood bully. As their lives intersect, friendships are formed. The characters are unique and interesting and the plot is engaging. Readers who have ever felt different or wanted to stand up for themselves will be able to relate to this story. It also speaks to the fact that the universe can bring us unexpected surprises. The book is being released in March.