X - The Marvels, Brian Selznick
This novel did not meet my expectations. I really enjoyed "Hugo" and "Wonderstruck", but this book dragged on with numerous generations of people that I couldn't keep straight. Then came the very mature subject matter that was subtly introduced. Aimed at pre-teens, but not recommended.
***The Golden Boy, Tara Sullivan***
Habo is a 13 year old albino boy living in Tanzania with his mom and siblings. Themes include: discrimination, superstition, unconditional love and belonging. Some graphic themes. Aimed at pre-teens, but recommended for pre-teens and up who aren't squeamish.
***The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah***
Set during WWII in France, this novel highlights the lives of two sisters -- one a mother and one a young visionary -- and how the war affects each of them in different ways. Some language.
Fly Away, Kristin Hannah
This novel tells the story of the death of a loved mom, bff, daughter, and wife and how her loss affects everyone around her. Some language. Super frustrated that this is book 2 without any mention being made on the book itself.
Apparently this book series is a set of three that is the continuation of another set of three books called "On the Run". Who knew? I sensed it as I read, but when you call a book "Book 1" it seems like it should be the first book. Aimed at pre-teens.
Jessica's older sister gives Jessica a 'to do' list describing how to become popular in grade 7. Jessica follows it, but nothing turns out as she expects. Some bathroom style humour. Aimed at pre-teens.