The Invention of Wings
By Sue Monk Kidd
Adult Fiction, 2014
Reviewed by Kelly McCagg, library director

Handful is a 10-year-old slave in Charleston during the early 1800s. Sarah Grimke, aged 11, is her reticent owner. Both girls want a better life but are unsure how to accomplish their goal amidst the stifling society of South Carolina. Based on the facts of abolitionist and suffragist Sarah Moore Grimke, Kidd develops a powerful story of resilience, courage and fortitude. Both women are looking for justice, for freedom. Kidd employs arduous detail and personal point of view to present an accurate picture of our past. Though set over 200 years ago, the relationship between Handful and Sarah is timely and poignant.

 

The First Rule of Punk
By Celia C. Perez
Juvenile Fiction, 2017
Reviewed by Hannah Peacock, youth services librarian

Malu is not pleased when her mom accepts a professorship in Chicago, over 1,000 miles away from her home in Gainesville. She would much prefer to stay behind with her super-cool, punk rock, indie record store-owning dad. Malu is soon immersed in the world of mean girls, candy necklaces and being called a coconut.

As Malu struggles with how best to express herself, we celebrate her successes and failures as she learns how to embrace the talents, interests and heritage she inherited from both of her very different parents.

With info on how to make your own zine, this novel will appeal to artists, musicians and any middle-schooler who struggles with how to fit in without losing their identity.