V.I.B. Picks for Kids (very impressive book)
Every now and then we encounter a new children's book or series that we’re so excited about we want to broadcast it from the rooftop. We've created the Tattered Cover Kids' V.I.B. (Very Impressive Book) to highlight real stand-outs among the many delightful and meaningful new editions for young readers.
Our latest selection for this honor is:
Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco
by Judith Robbins Rose
Colorado author Judith Robbins Rose perfectly captures the voice of 11-year-old Jacinta. Jacinta is born in Colorado, lives in the barrio, and attends Maplewood Youth Rescue Center, where a famous newswoman visits and becomes Jacinta's mentor (in Jacinta's world, "a lady to take you places"). Jacinta is curious about life outside of and away from her big complicated family, and the secrets that they must all keep, and "Miss" provides that life for her. The book captures the dilemma of being an immigrant: you love the new world, but you are also a part of the heritage of your parents. Two connections to balance. I loved this book and Jacinta, a character who is strong and authentic. -- Judy Bulow, Tattered Cover Lead Children's Buyer
Purchase this book and previous Kids' V.I.B. selections below:
Everyone seems to have heard of the boy in the bubble -- the boy who was allergic to everything. Well, meet Madeline Whittier -- a 17 year old who is confined to her hermetically sealed house, tended to by her physician mother and companion nurse Carla. Maddie takes online classes and reads brand new, sanitized books (second-hand books are full of other people's germs). She and her mother are best friends, playing phonetic Scrabble and honor Pictionary, watching movies and telling each other everything.
That is how life has been for as long as she remembers, and Maddie figures that's how it will be for the foreseeable future. Enter the family who moves in next door: a father who seems to be 'way too fond of the bottle', a meek mother, a young girl and a -- whoa!, absolutely gorgeous guy who looks about Maddie's age. Hmmmm!
This fabulous book catches you from the very beginning, and you'll be sorry when it ends. Just when you think all the books about sick teens have been written, you get surprised -- over and over again. Really surprised! What a treat! I LOVED this one!!! -- Jocelyn, Children's bookselling specialist