It's We Recommend, in which we attempt to find the right book for anyone who writes in. Want to try? Send us an e-mail describing your reader, age, likes, and anything else that might be helpful, and we'll see what we can do.
One of them is among us.
I think you'll agree that this next request for books doesn't have an entirely grown-up sound to it. I have a sneaking suspicion that this was written by, at least in part…a kid.
Now if you ask me, that's all the more reason for all of us to think long and hard about what the heck to recommend. Because it's not an easy one.
daughter, Schmegege, would like information about books she may like to
read. She does not particularly like fantasy but likes things about
space. She likes things about people in history including biographies.
She loves to sing and dance and likes to be with friends. She is funny,
whether she’s trying to be or not. Basically, Schmegege rocks but needs
some books she might like to read. Reading is not her favorite thing to
do but when she finds a good one she loves it. She is 9 years old
and a rising 4th grader.
Further questioning turned up the fact that … Schmegege likes Because of Winn Dixie, but did NOT like Despereaux.
So what do we do for her? I tell you, I wish I knew more books about space. I vaguely remember something about Martians that I read and loved when I was a kid, but I can't turn up more than that. Maybe the cover was green? I loved it.
But that doesn't help Schmegege out any, so back to the drawing board. Here's what I think: maybe the Winn Dixie + the biographies indicates a penchant for realism. So here goes:
This is a sort of intense story about a girl who's had trouble reading, who doesn't fit in comfortably at school, who only wants to rebuild engines (if I'm remembering it right). What I do remember is the sense of realness, and people struggling with—and overcoming—real problems. I don't know—will she like it? There's a chance.
But what do you guys think? She was bold enough to ask for an idea, let's see if we can help her out, right?