Booktalk for THE SEVENTH MOST IMPORTANT THING by Shelley Pearsall

On a cold November day in 1963, thirteen-year-old Arthur Owens picks up a brick and flings it at an old man’s head. Luckily, Arthur’s aim isn’t perfect, and the old trash picker leans over to straighten his cart at exactly the right moment—still, the brick slams into the Junk Man’s shoulder, and he has to be rushed to the hospital. Read More …

Booktalk for SAVING LUCAS BIGGS by Marisa de los Santos and David Teague

Margaret’s family has an odd quirk that has been passed down generation to generation: The ability to travel back in time. But time travel is dangerous and Margaret’s father makes her swear not to use the gift. She promises she never will. Then something happens that makes Margaret want to forget the risks and forget her vow: Her father gets sentenced Read More …

Booktalk for EL DEAFO by Cece Bell

El Deafo is a memoir — a story taken from the author’s own life. Cece Bell loses her hearing when she’s four years old. She’s fitted with a hearing aid, but even simple conversations are difficult. One day, for example, Cece’s best friend offers her something to drink. Does she want a goat? Shoes? Or Jerry’s mop? (She chooses the goat.) Her friend is actually Read More …

Booktalk for AN ILLUSTRATED TREASURY OF SCOTTISH MYTHICAL CREATURES by Theresa Breslin

Long ago, when giants roamed the earth, there lived a great big Irish giant by the name of Finn MacCool, and an even bigger great big Scottish giant called Benandonner. The two giants couldn’t see each other across the channel separating Ireland from Scotland, but they could hear each other. They would stand on opposite shores and bellow insults across Read More …