Sunday, September 8, 2013

Grandparent's Day

Today is Grandparent's Day! To celebrate, here are some books that feature grandparents!


The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot. Mia's just discovered that her father is actually the crown prince of Genovia and Mia's next in line for the throne. So, her Grandmere (the dowager Princess) is giving her princess lessons. Forget Julie Andrews in the movie-- in the book, Grandmere's eyeliner is tatooed on and Mia's first lesson is how to mix a proper sidecar-- and to keep 'em coming.

Mare's War by Tanita S. Davis. Octavia and Tali are not happy about having to go on a road-trip with Mare, their grandmother who refuses to act her age. But they learn to see a different side to Mare as she tells them of how ran away from home and lied about her age to join an African American regiment in the WAC during WWII.

Ethan, Suspended by Pamela Ehrenberg. When Ethan is suspended from school, his mom sends him to live with his grandparents in DC. There, he's the only white kid at his new school, as his elderly and eccentic grandparents are one of the few who never left the neighborhood. Eventually, he learns to adjust to his new situation.


Loser/Queen by Jodi Lynn Anderson. Cammy lives with her grandparents, knits, goes to bed early, and wears comfortable shoes. She's content to fly under the radar at school, until she starts getting text messages with the secrets of the most popular kids. Should she use this info to become top of the food chain?

Tamar: A Novel of Espionage, Passion, and Betrayal by Mal Peet. After her grandfather commits suicide, Tamar is left with his box of parachute silks, with code written on them, plus some other objects from his time in WWII. The story bounces between her and her grandfather in WWII, when he was with the Dutch resistance, him, his best friend, and the girl they were both in love with. Trapped in Nazi-occupied Netherlands, they get information out, and receive information. But the tension and fear soon take its devastating toll.

If I Tell by Janet Gurtler. Jazz has never met her father, but has a good relationship with her mother, even though it's her grandparents that raised her. But then, Jazz sees her mom's boyfriend making out with Jazz's best friend. Jazz knows she should tell, but her mom's pregnant and she doesn't want to jeopardize their relationship.


Queen of Secrets by Jenny Meyerhoff. Essie's an orphan being raised by her nominally Jewish grandparents. But then her estranged (and very religious) aunt, uncle, and cousin move to town. Essie's a cheerleader and dating the star football player. When Micah joins the team, Essie pretends not to be related, but can she keep quiet when the hazing starts?

Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters by Natalie Standiford. On Christmas Day, the Sullivans are cut out of The Almighty's will, leaving the rich family facing a penniless future. One of them has offended her, and must write and deliver a full confession if the family is to survive. Of course, each Sullivan sister believes herself guilty and writes her confession.

Kendra by Coe Booth. Kendra's mom is only 14 years older than Kendra, so Kendra lives with her grandmother while her mom gets an education. But Renee's done with grad school, Kendra's in trouble, and her grandmother is DONE. But is Renee ready to finally step up when it comes to her daughter?

We'll do more grandparent books tomorrow, but what are your favorites?

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