Angela's Answers: Great Reads for Kids



photograph by William Taufic

Summertime is the perfect time to encourage your tweens and teens to pick up a book just for the fun of it. Here are a few selections that tell stories from unique perspectives and carry young readers on historical and moving journeys.

Where Things Come Back
By John Corey Whaley
Mr. Whaley is hailed as one of the Top 10 New Voices for Teens. His critically acclaimed story is about an Arkansas teen’s struggle to figure out the odd little place he calls home while dealing with the ups and downs of brotherly love. Interspersed with a contrasting story of a missionary in Africa, the two stories become much more intertwined than you would imagine.

Inside Out and Back Again
by Thanhha Lai
This National Book Award-winning story follows the main character as she abandons her culturally rich hometown of Saigon because of the Vietnam War. We see the importance of family through the eyes of a girl fleeing America in the midst of national conflict. Beautifully written and a heartwarming story.

Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith
by Deborah Heiligman
There’s much that we know about Darwin’s theory of evolution and the resulting backlash from society over the science vs. religion debate. The author’s biography of Darwin gives an incredibly personal account of the man behind this debate and his relationship with his religious wife, Emma. It is a wonderful story that illustrates how they each stayed true to who they were and that their differences simply strengthened their relationship and helped form their views on the bigger picture of how it all began.

Okay for Now
by Gary D. Schmidt
Rooting for a main character is what many novelists strive for as they attempt to pull you into their stories via carefully constructed verse. In Okay for Now it’s hard no to feel the effect that Doug’s dysfunctional family has on him. But when things start to turn around thanks to the most unlikely sources, it’s an emotionally filled ride of self-discovery for him as well as the reader.

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy (The Penderwicks #1)
by Jeanne Birdsall
In the 1st of an incredible 5 part series, this well written book follows the Penderwick girls through a summertime adventure. Along the journey, they befriend a musically interested boy whose mother would rather send him to military school than allow him to pursue his creative desires. While she refuses to listen at first, the girls find a way to allow his mother to truly know who her son is.

 

Greenwich Agenda

  • The Many Faces of Multi Media

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     @ Meli-Melo of Greenwich

    Dr. Julia Trebing, Director Creative Therapies in Stamford, CT exhibits her paintings at Meli-Melo Creperie & Juice Bar  during Sept...

  • YMCA of Greenwich Harvest Art Week

    2014.10.18
     @ YMCA of Greenwich

    YMCA of Greenwich Harvest Art Week October 18 - 26, 2014 Join us for a week-long celebration of local art! Showcasing established and emerging...

  • Exhibit Ira BARKOFF

    2014.10.11
     @ Canfin Gallery

    “The beauty of the physical world becomes a metaphor for the capacity of the spirit to reveal itself". Ira Barkoff Evocation of...

  • Nigh Season: New Paintings By David Konigsberg

    2014.09.13
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

    Dates: September 13 – October 31, 2014 Opening Reception: September 13, 6 – 8:30 PM  Public Invited   NIGH...

  • Undulate: Paintings By Julie Gross and Margaret Neill

    2014.09.13
     @ Kenise Barnes Fine Art

    GALLERY II Dates: September 13 – October 31, 2014 Opening Reception: September 13, 6 – 8:30 PM Public Invited...

  • Oktoberfest 2014 Greenwich United Way

    2014.10.24
     @ Loading Dock

    Greenwich United Way’s sixth annual “Oktoberfest” fundraiser is set for Friday, October 24 at Stamford’s Loading...

  • Parties at the JCC Center

    2014.09.02
     @ Stamford JCC

    A place to celebrate birthdays and special occasions. Be a guest at your own party! The JCC offers a wonderful space for you and your guests to...

  • SPLURGE Matches Scarf Donations for Cancer Patients

    2014.10.01
     @ SPLURGE

    SPLURGE and the Cancer Institute at Greenwich Hospital are partnering to bring comfort and encouragement to cancer patients.  From October...

  • IMAGINE CANDY- SWEET TASTINGS!!!

    2014.10.24
     @ Imagine Candy

    Imagine Candy located in Scarsdale Village- Winner of 2014 Best West of Westchester by Westchester Magazine- holds a Belgian Chocolate and Candy...

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    2014.10.08
     @ SM Home Gallery

    SM Home Gallery show featuring two Greenwich based artists: Margaret Bragg and Penny Putnam. The art show runs thorough November 22nd....

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    2014.10.25
     @ My Cooking Party

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  • Greenwich Hospital Gala

    2014.10.25
     @ Greenwich Country Club

    It will be a Gala worthy of a doge when retiring Greenwich Hospital president and CEO, Frank A. Corvino, will be presented with the...

  • The Wilton Fall Antiques Market

    2014.10.26
     @ Wilton High School Field House

    Barnstar Productions and the Wilton Historical Society will present the Wilton Antiques Market. More than 80 exhibitors are expected to...

  • Trunk-or-Treat For UNICEF

    2014.10.26
     @ Island Beach Parking Lot

    U.S Fund for UNICEF Greenwich Committee invites you to the 1st annual Trunk-or-Treat for UNICEF Join friends and neighbors for an afternoon of...

  • La Soirée d’ Automne at Bistro Versailles

    2014.10.27
     @ Bistro Versailles and Patisserie

    Wine dinners at Bistro Versailles are entertaining social events held on a regular basis. Socialize with friends and mingle with other attendees...

  • Explore the Bruce Museum

    2014.10.28
     @ Stamford JCC

    Join us at the Bruce Museum for a private tour of the inaugural showing in the U.S. of “Northern Baroque Splendor: The Hohenbuchau Collection...

  • Educational Seminar - Effective Resume Writing & Interviewing Skills

    2014.10.29
     @ Greenwich Library

    Are you sure you are putting your best foot forward in your job hunt?  What will make employers pick your resume and ask you for an interview?...

  • Meet Bestselling Author Ayelet Waldman

    2014.10.30
     @ Organic Planet

    On October 30 at 10am, JCC Greenwich will present New York Times bestselling author Ayelet Waldman, who will discuss her latest novel Love and...

  • Flinn Gallery Art Opening

    2014.10.30
     @ Flinn Gallery 2nd floor

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  • Laurel House Family Seminar Series

    2014.09.18
     @ Laurel House

    Thursday evenings, September 18, October 2, 16, 30, 6:30-8:00 pm Join us Thursday evenings for this four part Family Seminar Series as...


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