Oh dear, yet another episode of We Recommend, in which we attempt, by hook or by crook, to find the absolutely perfect book for people who write in. Got a kid in your life who needs a recommendation? Write us at thediamondinthewindow (at) gmail (dot) com with the age, reading tastes, favorite books, and any other relevant (or irrelevant) information, and we'll give it a shot. And really? All the good options are in the comments, so be sure to look there!
OK, normally I don't do two We Recommends in a row. I like to mix things up a bit, and sometimes I even have something on my mind that I want to get out there, but this one is different: this time I got an email in my Diamond in the Window in-box. It was from Chestnut. That's right, my collaborator. And don't believe the sidebar over there, she's actually 10 now. The email was short:
I am looking for a non-fiction book about sea adventure.Can you recommend a book for me?
When your very own kid emails you, there's nothing you can do but respond, and right away, too.
The trouble is, of course, I don't know all that much about about nonfiction. I mean, I like sea adventure as much as the next person, but I fear I am not up on this. She's already read Paddle to the Sea, and I don't know that it would even qualify.
But there is one book I saw once, long ago, before I had reading children, that struck me as unbelievably compelling. But I was a grownup and couldn't buy it. It might do the trick:
But please, all of you who actually might know something about this: do you have any books to recommend for my girl?