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CRC Reads: December 2020
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What 2020 lacked in moments of calm and joy (frankly, I won't miss waking up with my heart in my throat every day), it made up for in quality literature for children.
As a nightcap to The Year That Made Panic Attacks Feel Like A Normal Part of Life, I present to you my five favorite books in each of our categories. Perhaps, if you trust my opinions, these will make excellent holiday gifts for the young people in your life.
Some of these have been highlighted in previous issues of CRC Reads. Some I'm springing on you now because why not.
The confident Black narrator of this book is proud of everything that makes him who he is. He's got big plans, and no doubt he'll see them through--as he's creative, adventurous, smart, funny, and a good friend. Sometimes he falls, but he always gets back up. Winner of the Charlotte Huck Medal.
After an unspeakable act of violence, Della and her sister Suki begin the healing process while staying with their prickly foster mother. Awards: Newbery Honor, Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor for Fiction, Golden Kite Middle Grade Honor
In a small but turbulent Louisiana town, one boy's grief takes him beyond the bayous of his backyard, to learn that there is no right way to be yourself. Awards: National Book Award for Young People's Literature; Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction, Coretta Scott King Author Honor
Struggling with her Puerto Rican identity, her grandfather's memory loss and transfer to a nursing home, and her sister's depression, seventh-grader Cassi joins the Mathletes at school, finding comfort in numbers and in her new friendship with Aaron.
Despite her parents' divorce, her father's coming out as gay, and his plans to marry his boyfriend, ten-year-old Bea is reassured by her parents' unconditional love, excited about getting a stepsister, and haunted by something she did last summer at her father's lake house.
Recounts the story of what happened at Kent State in May 1970, when four college students were killed by National Guardsmen, and a student protest was turned into a bloody battlefield. Winner of the Odyssey Medal
For fourteen-year-old budding artist Minoru Ito, her two brothers, her friends, and the other members of the Japanese-American community, the three months since Pearl Harbor was attacked have become a waking nightmare. Awards: Finalist for the National Book Award, Walter Award Honor for Young Adult, Printz Honor