Nancy Cathers Demme’s book, The Ride, tells a sad story, which is so suspenseful and descriptive that it quickly grabs the reader's attention and won’t let go! In 1952, Diego Ramirez is a 15-year-old runaway who assumes he killed his abusive stepfather in a barn fire that he intentionally set. He’s upset with his mother for not protecting him better at home and decides to hitchhike all over Texas. Most of the chapters describe Diego’s experiences with people from all walks of life who pick him up along the road.
Why Ball Wouldn’t Bounce by Ron Roecker is a cute picture book that will eventually be part of a series called Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other. All of the stories will be based on familiar idioms and adages, just like this one is written about “That’s how the ball bounces.” The story itself is a well-rhymed poem that is easy and fun to read, and the pop art type illustrations add some humor to its message.
The Truth Keeper is set during the Holocaust, and Fritz, a young Nazi boy is very passionate about being a good Aryan, but internally he thinks killing Jews and Communists is wrong; however, he has never told anyone that.
Lyda has a dream about gathering with friends at her house. In her dream, cats, mice, and foxes meet up. They eat lots of delicious food before trick-or-treating. Then they go trick-or-treating together and have a joyous and fun-filled adventure on Halloween night. What will happen if her dream comes true?
Rodeo Snow is a relatable and well-written book. Eugene Snow is a normal teenager who wants two things: to get his driver's license and to win the skating competition. The latter of which he feels pretty confident about because of his $300 skates. While pursuing these goals, he meets a girl, Corinne, and adds winning her heart to his list of priorities. Eugene has never loved his name. His parents named him after some peacenik presidential candidate from a few years back.