Furiously Happy: A Funny Book about Horrible Things
Published September 22, 2015
It doesn’t seem possible to write a hilarious book about depression and anxiety, but that’s exactly what author Jenny Lawson has done in Furiously Happy. Her wacky adventures fill the pages and her unique view of herself and the world around her challenge readers to embrace their own weird. She has a keen sense of irony and writes in a rambling-yet-engrossing way. She takes readers through the highs and lows of book tours, a trip to Australia, and the challenges of depression and anxiety in daily life.
I think I read this book at exactly the right time. I’d … Continue reading
Girl Talk: 52 Weekly Devotions by FaithGirlz
Lois Walfrid Johnson
Published May 4, 2010
A while back I reviewed a girls’ bible study that left me disappointed—both in the appropriateness of the subject matter for the age group and in some of the teaching. Since then I’ve been on the hunt for a devotional or study that my eleven-year-old and I could do together, something that addresses some of the issues she faces on a daily and weekly basis.
Girl Talk is set up in chapters, one for each week. Each chapter begins with a story in which the main character faces an obstacle or choice. Sometimes the story … Continue reading
Irena’s Children: Young Readers Edition
Tilar J Mazzeo
Translated by Mary Cronk Farrell
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Available September 27, 2016
During World War II, Irena Sendler worked with an underground network to rescue 2,500 Jewish children from Nazi occupied Poland. Her unwavering commitment to human rights began long before the war, and endured through her own incarceration and torture. She worked tirelessly to save as many as she could, and through it all insisted that she was not a hero. She’d only done what any ordinary human would do.
Though it’s nonfiction, I could not put this book down. I was so captured by the life of this … Continue reading
30 Days of Goodness, Grace and Love: A Faithgirlz Bible Study
This Bible study contains three parts. Part one explores the power of goodness through the book of Colossians. In part two, the author explores love via the story of Ruth. Part three teaches about the power of grace through the book of 1 Peter. Each part is broken down into sections, one for each chapter. Each section contains “bites,” smaller, more focused portions. The author suggests completing one bite per sitting. Each section closes with a review to complete with a friend or Bible study group.
I’m not sure why the title says 30 Days. I … Continue reading
Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea
Sunju Lee and Susan Elizabeth McClelland
Available: September 13, 2016
Every Falling Star, the first book to portray contemporary North Korea to a young audience, is the intense memoir of a North Korean boy named Sungju who is forced at age twelve to live on the streets and fend for himself. To survive, Sungju creates a gang and lives by thieving, fighting, begging, and stealing rides on cargo trains. Sungju richly re-creates his scabrous story, depicting what it was like for a boy alone to create a new family with his gang, … Continue reading
I Wish My Teacher Knew
De Capo Lifelong Books
Available July 12, 2016
When her Twitter post became a social media sensation, Kyle Schwartz realized that her classroom exercise asking students what they wished she, their teacher, knew about them was something other teachers and students needed in their classrooms. In her book, Schwartz explores what led her to performing the exercise with her class. She explains how it has changed her experience as a teacher. She breaks down her approach to building a community within her classroom and how important that is to supporting a successful learning environment.
The chapters also connect current research … Continue reading
A Life Animated: A story of heroes, sidekicks and autism
When the Suskind family moves to a new home, they begin to see startling changes in their youngest son, Owen. He loses the ability to communicate with them and seems to retreat inside himself. The family embarks on a journey to find ways to reconnect with Owen via one of his favorite things: Disney movies.
This is an amazing, truly inspiring story. I’m awed by the courage it must have taken for both Owen and his family to continue pressing forward without giving up, even in moments when field experts were at a loss as to how to help, when specialized programs … Continue reading
Best Hair Book Ever!
Faithgirlz (Kelsey Haywood)
Best Hair Book Ever! is packed with tips on classic and new hairstyles as well as recommendations for hair care and styling products. Each section shows full-color pictures of various styles and steps that are easy to follow. The book also contains how-to instructions for making hair accessories and DIY hair products. The earlier pages recommend different hair styles for different face shapes and some helpful information on how to blow dry while minimizing heat damage.
Many of the styles are simple enough that an older child can manage them solo. My daughter is ten and has devoured this book … Continue reading
Faithgirlz Bible (NKJV)
Edited by Nancy Rue
Published October 6, 2015
The Faithgirlz Bible is a Bible with additional devotional and study content specifically focused on teen and preteen girls. This edition is the New King James Version (NKJV), but a New International Version (NIV) edition is also available.
When I saw that Nancy Rue edited this version, I’m not going to lie, I was pretty excited. I love the way she relates spiritual and moral principles in her novels, so I felt like she’d do a great job bringing that insight and excitement to scripture and make it even more accessible to girls.
Each book of … Continue reading
Some Girls Are
St. Martin’s Griffin
Regina cherishes her position in the Fearsome Fivesome, an all-girl clique that rules Hallowell High. But when rumors begin to circulate about Regina and her best friend Anna’s boyfriend, the group turns on Regina. Revenge is the name of the game, and they won’t stop until she’s been destroyed. Regina knows how it works, because she and Anna used to terrorize other students together. Now Regina gets to see what it’s like to be on the other side. She takes refuge in the company of another social outcast—one she helped isolate. As she gets to know Michael and the two develop a tenuous trust, she finds herself caught between her old life, where revenge still beckons, and a new frightening idea: that she could find happiness away from her old … Continue reading