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CRC Reads: December 2021
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It’s nuts to me that 2021 is coming to a close. The time/space continuum feels totally out of whack. Surreal doesn’t even begin to describe it.
As with last year December issue, this CRC Reads will merely present you with my five favorite books in each of the monthly categories, sans commentaire. Consider this a holiday gift guide, though your mileage may vary because #opinions.
Some of these titles have been highlighted in previous issues of CRC Reads. Some I'm springing on you now because why not.
Embarrassed about gathering watercress from a roadside ditch, a girl learns to appreciate her Chinese heritage after learning why the plant is so important to her parents. Winner of the Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor for Picture Book
When a mysterious child appears at the monastery of the Order of the Chronicles of Sorrowing, Brother Edik nurses her back to health. When he uncovers her dangerous secret, she is sent away into the world with a goat and a boy.
Dismayed when his neighbors cut down a beloved old walnut tree that has always been a source of comfort, Alder forges an unexpected friendship with the new girl next door over a series of mysterious connections.
The story of two people bound to each other through time and space, memory and dreams. At the center of their relationship is a mystery about the nature of grief and love which will look different to each reader.
Estranged from the best friend whose brother killed her sister in a school shooting, a grieving Cora receives a message on her twelfth birthday from her friend, asking for her help with creating a time portal to prevent the tragedy.
In a warlike land of wind and sunlight, "ringed by a restless sea", live Rhaskos and Melisto, spiritual twins with little in common beyond the violent and mysterious forces that dictate their lives - which are about to collide during extraordinary circumstances. Winner of a Charlotte Huck Honor.
In 1860 Louisiana, eighty-year-old Madame Sylvie decides to sit for a portrait, as horrific stories that span generations from the big house and the fields are revealed. Winner of the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for Fiction