A story about summer camp is perfect to read in July. In this biographical graphic novel, Maggie recalls the summer she was 15. Her preferred activity is the shooting range. She discovers love when she meets junior counselor, Erin. Much of the reactions to Maggie's sexual preference (which she tried hard to hide) were upsetting. I think kids who read this need to talk to an adult about being gay in the late 90s/early 2000s. Audience: young adult
Have tissues ready! In this often heartbreaking novel, former foster kids, Flora and Julian, are adjusting to their life with their new family. Manifestations of their past trauma include Julian hiding food in his closet, Flora "words getting stuck" (not talking), and theories about where they came from. They dismiss the idea that they are both born like all human beings are. I cried many times while reading this book. Audience: middle grade. Highly recommended.