Staff Selections Kids


Bink and Gollie
Kate Dicamillo & Alison Mcghee, illus. by Tony Fucile

One is short, spontaneous, noisy and stubborn, and knows how to push someone’s buttons.  The other is tall, circumspect, sensitive and long-suffering in her tolerance.  How can they be friends?  Kate DiCamillo creates another fresh beginning reader with humorist Alison McGhee, and cheery character drawings by Tony Fucile capture the fun of this odd couple in their breezy adventures.


Neal Shusterman

Bruiser is the story of Brewster, the boy in high school nobody knows because he's quiet and keeps to himself.  But when Bronte agrees to a date with "Bruiser", her brother, Tennyson,  decides to step in and stop that nonsense.  But as the twins get to know Brewster, they begin to realize they may have been too quick to judge him.  And strange things happen when you're with Bruiser -- things that can't be easily explained.  A beautiful novel about friendship, family and how -- sometimes -- it hurts when you care too much.  You'll be thinking about this story long after you've read the final chapter. 


Matthew Quick

High school senior Finley lives with his widowed father and disabled grandfather in a bleak, often violent town outside Philadelphia where the Irish mob and black gangs rule.  Finley doesn’t talk much, except to his girlfriend Erin, one of his two passions.  The other is basketball, Finley being the only white varsity player.  Both Finley and Erin dream of basketball as their ticket to college and a new life.  An unexpected worry develops when his coach asks Finley to mentor a new student with extraordinary basketball skills.  Russ, emotionally distraught and living with his grandparents after his wealthy parents’ brutal murder in an LA carjacking, presents himself as an alien stranded on earth answering to the name Boy21.  If Boy21 gets a grip and starts playing basketball again, Finley is sure to lose his position on the team.  As an unlikely friendship develops between the two boys, Finley confronts his own tragic childhood.  Boy21, an unusual, gripping page-turner of urban survival and friendship, is full of surprises and, ultimately, hope.