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 is:
by Alice Oseman
"In a sea of over achieving high schoolers, you're forced to play the game. But it's just not you and you don't know how to identify it. You're a different person when you're not at school, but feel you need to hide it. You're scared to rock the boat. Until you meet your first true friend, which to me is what this novel is all about. Yet, it has so many facets to it: it's contemporary YA, but each chapter begins with a sci-fi-esque podcast, which weaves itself into the story miraculously. It lightly explores sexual identity, touches on diversity, but doesn't disrupt the story. It has an element of mystery and a thriller-like pace, but digs deep. Unique story, chockfull, and will resonate with everyone. One of my fave books of 2017." -- Kristen Gilligan
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