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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 Jeff Zentner
Four teens. Best friends. Three die in a car accident because the fourth texts them asking where they are, and the driver responds. With nothing and no one left, #4 sets out to live one last imaginary day with each of his friends, "goodbye days," while defending a possible murder charge. Grief, guilt, anxiety, loneliness, pain, accountability. But somehow it's not depressing. There's redemption, hope, friendship, inspiration, appreciation, closure. No words will describe how incredible this book is. Zentner is lyrical, thoughtful, insightful; yet edgy: a true master of his craft. A cool book for teens, adults will appreciate and admire it, and perfect to discuss in book groups. -- 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