Tired of squinting while reading? Getting a headache from focusing too hard for too long? You're not alone — one in six Americans over the age of 45 have trouble reading small print.
In the summer of 1968, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters are shipped off by their father to spend a month with their estranged mother in Oakland, CA. But their mother has no time for them. Instead of taking them to Disneyland as they had hoped, she sends them to the People's Center run by the Black Panthers so she can write poetry. Delphine is a remarkable older sister, wise beyond her years, and an expert at handling her siblings. Each girl has a distinct response to their mother and the ideas and people to which they are exposed. They develop a hard-won, tenuous connection with their mother and an awareness of injustice on a personal and universal level. With endearing characters, a vivid depiction of a pivotal moment in African-American history, and beautiful, poetic language, this is a book worth reading more than once. Readers will wonder what happens to the sisters when they return to their father in Brooklyn with their 'radical' new ideas about the world.
Looking for some fun historical reads? Look no further.
Sugar changed the world: a story of magic, spice, slavery, freedom, and science by Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos
Countdown by Deborah Wiles
Journey into Mohawk Country as written by H.M. van den Bogaert with artwork by George O'Connor and color by Hilary Sycamore
The girl who kicked the hornet's nest by Stieg Larsson ; translated from the Swedish by Reg Keeland
In the company of others by Jan Karon
Some of my favorite teen books from 2010 include fantasy, historical fiction, and a few plain old realistic fiction reads.
Ostrich boys by Keith Gray
Sisters red by Jackson Pearce
Countdown by Deborah Wiles
"In war, there are no unwounded soldiers." -José Narosky.
Some of these mystery stories take place in a time of war, some in its aftermath. No one is unscathed…
Blood Alone by James R. Benn
Bitterroot by James Lee Burke
Thirteenth Night: a Medieval Mystery by Alan Gordon
If you liked The Help by Kathryn Stockett, here's a selection of other novels which explore their characters' lives in this time of social change:
The secret life of bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Plum wine: a novel by Angela Davis-Gardner
The following novels focus on interpersonal relationships, exploring romantic entaglements and friendships during this time of global upheaval:
The Granville sisters by Una-Mary Parker
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
The wedding officer: a novel of culinary seduction by Anthony Capella
Wonderful by Jill Barnett
The bridal season by Connie Brockway
Educating Caroline by Patricia Cabot
Mr. Impossible by Loretta Chase
Yours always by Gabriella Anderson
Step into darkness by Naomi Bellis
Beyond compare by Candace Camp
A woman scorned by Liz Carlyle
Someone to watch over me by Jill Churchill
Damned in paradise : a Nathan Heller novel by Max Allan Collins
Murder at the president's door : an Eleanor Roosevelt mystery by Elliott Roosevelt
Murder in the rue de Paradis by Cara Black
Mark of the lion by Suzanne M. Arruda
Dangerous practice by Clare Curzon
Beacon Street mourning : a Freemont Jones mystery by Dianne Day
Historical mysteries have become increasingly popular in the last decade. If you are a fan of historical fiction, and historical mystery stories in particular, you've read many of the well-known authors of this sub-genre: Steven Saylor, Anne Perry, Eliot Pattison, I. J. Parker, Lindsey Davis, John Maddox Robert, Margaret Frazer, and the list goes on, but have you read the works of:
Nefertiti: the book of the dead by Nick Drake
Critique of criminal reason by Michael Gregorio
The fifth servant by Kenneth Wishnia
Thirteenth night : a medieval mystery by Alan Gordon
A test of wills by Charles Todd
Murder on Astor Place by Victoria Thompson
Catherine, called Birdy by Karen Cushman — (1290) Karen Cushman has written several books set in medieval England. This one is about a thirteen-year-old girl who is not quite ready to be married off. She has several adventures and records her thoughts in her diary.
Girl in a cage by Jane Yolen & Robert J.