July 4, 2017 at 2:04 pm
It’s so difficult to choose just one! I loved the novel “A Man Called Ove,” by Fredrik Backman. It made me laugh out loud and it also broke my heart, and that’s pretty much all it takes to make my top ten list. The main character was the most loveable curmudgeon ever created and the secondary characters that became his self-appointed “family” were wonderfully ecclectic. It does deal with some grown up questions about life and death and dealing with grief and aging, so not really suited for very young audiences- but the author’s book “My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell you She’s Sorry” is good for 8th and up. I also loved “One for the Murphy’s” – which was a two-boxes-of-tissues read. This one is great for middle grade readers, and follows one girl’s struggle to find a place she can call home and people she can count as family. I also have to say I loved “The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto,” by Mitch Albom. This is one for Grade 8 and up, with a truly original narrator (no spoilers) and full of beautiful music metaphors. Musicians and music lovers will enjoy this one.
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