Anastasia Suen

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Grandma’s Tiny House

Grandma’s Tiny House
by JaNay Brown-Wood (Author) and‎ Priscilla Burris (Illustrator)

Booktalk: Count from one to fifteen in this rhyming picture book as Grandma’s family and friends fill her tiny house on Brown Street. Neighbors, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and grandkids crowd into the house and pile it high with treats for a family feast.

But when the walls begin to bulge and nobody has space enough to eat, one clever grandchild knows exactly what to do.


ONE grandma waits in her big easy chair,
while TWO turkeys send scrumptious smells through the air.

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Rettie and the Ragamuffin Parade

Rettie and the Ragamuffin Parade: A Thanksgiving Story (Tales of Young Americans)
by Trinka Hakes Noble (Author) and‎ David C. Gardner (Illustrator)

Booktalk: In 1918 a deadly influenza epidemic was sweeping across America. The pandemic ravaged families, leaving thousands of children as orphans. But in the tenement apartments of New York City’s Lower East Side, one young girl is determined to keep her family safe. While her mother is sick with consumption, nine-year-old Loretta (Rettie) Stanowski does all the cleaning, washing, shopping, and cooking for her family. To earn money, she washes rags for the rag picker and cleans the halls and stairways of their apartment building. But Rettie knows the best way to get even more money is to participate in the Ragamuffin Parade that marches down Broadway Avenue on Thanksgiving morning. With the influenza outbreak, quarantines are ordered and large gatherings are banned. Will the parade be cancelled?


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Saturdays with Hitchcock

Saturdays with Hitchcock
by Ellen Wittlinger (Author)

Booktalk: Twelve-year-old movie-loving Maisie is dealing with the realities of a grandparent with dementia, a mom who’s been laid off from her job, finding out that Gary Hackett like likes her, and a best friend who just confessed that, actually, he like likes Gary.

Maisie’s Uncle Walt, a Hollywood actor, provides a welcome diversion from Maisie’s problems when he comes to stay with her family. Uncle Walt has a way of pointing Maisie in the right direction. And heading to the local independent theater on Saturdays with her best friend, Cyrus, to see old films keeps Maisie grounded as she struggles with growing up, family tensions, and a love triangle she never expected.

Snippet: We let our bikes fall on the backyard lawn, which I’ll get yelled at for later, but it’s so hot and we’re so thirsty. The minute I open the door, though, I can hear my parents arguing in the living room and I shush Cyrus. The only way a person gets any information about what’s going on around here is by eavesdropping.

Dad sounds aggravated. “I thought he had a girlfriend out there in Hollywood. Can’t she take care of him?”

“They broke up months ago,” Mom says.

“Can’t he stay with your mother?”

“On that old foldout couch in her back room? That would be torture,” Mom says. I’m daring to hope I know who they are talking about.

“Well, he can’t expect you to be his nursemaid! You’ve got a job!

“I know that, Dennis. Don’t get mad at me. I didn’t invite him!”

I hear the springs squeak as Mom flops into a chair. “Don’t you have somewhere to be? Isn’t your bowling team practicing today?”

“We’ve got a game tonight,” Dad says. I can hear him pacing. “Look, it’s not that I don’t like the guy,” Dad says, “It’s just that every time he comes, you get all upset, and you end up taking it out on the rest of us.”

“I do not. I get upset with my mother is all. The way she flutters around him like he’s the famous movie star he thinks he is–‘Wade Wolf’–and not just her useless son, Walter Hoffmeister.”

I turn to Cyrus and clap my hands silently. “My uncle Walt’s coming!” I whisper.

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