Monday, September 9, 2013

Grandparents' Day Part II

Yesterday was Grandparents' Day, so we continue our coverage with more books about grandparents.


Cloaked in Red by Vivian Vande Velde. Vande Velde has some problems with the story of a girl who goes to visit her sick grandmother, and the wolf that eats both of them, and the random woodcutter who saves them. Here, she writes 8 new versions of the tale in an attempt to fill the plot holes. Also check out her The Rumpelstiltskin Problem.

Ichiro by Ryan Inzana. After moving to Japan with his mother, military-obsessed Ichiro's grandfather starts to teach him about the true cost and meaning of war--both in Japanese history and in the spirit world he gets stuck in.

Orchards by Holly Thompson. After a classmate's suicide, bi-racial Kana Goldberg (half-Japanese, half-Jewish) is sent to Japan to spend the summer helping in her grandparents' orchards. There she must struggle to fit into a new culture and a family that doesn't understand her (or the size of her Russian-Jewish butt.)


Kit's Wilderness by David Almond. Kit's family has moved to a small mining town to take care of his grandfather. Once there, Kit learns more about the town's, and his family's past. Playing the game of Death in the mines with his new friends, Kit learns of the many ghosts still haunting the town, and his family.

Everybody Sees the Ants by A. S. King. Lucky's grandfather never came back from Vietnam, and his father never got over it. Lucky escapes his dysfunctional family and the school bullies by dreaming he's in Laos, with his grandfather.

Struts & Frets by Jon Skovron. If Sammy's band wins the Battle of the Bands, the prize is a recording contract. But in addition to making sure the band is ready, Sammy also has to deal with his grandfather's dementia and the fact that his best friend wants to be his girlfriend.


I Wanna Be Your Shoebox by Cristina Garcia. Yumi's grandfather is dying of cancer and she's about to start 8th grade. Yumi is Jewish-Japanese-Cuban-American and wants to hear her grandfather's story to help make sense of her own life.

House of Dance by Beth Kephart. Rosie's father walked out years ago and her mother's always with her boss. When Rosie's grandfather's health starts declining, she rides the bus across town everyday to visit him. On the way, she discovers the House of Dance and finds a way to really connect to her grandfather's past.

Fablehaven by Brandon Mull. When Kendra and Seth arrive at their grandparents for the summer, they find that Grandpa has a series of odd rules. It turns out that their grandparents run a refuge for mythical creatures. The rules now make sense, but that doesn't make them easier to follow. The first in a series, follow it with Rise of the Evening Star.

Check out yesterday's Grandparents' Day list. What other books would you add?

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