Kids’ Staff Picks from Abbe & Kiwi

The Neighbors

A little girl imagines the lives of her neighbors as she climbs the 7 floors to her own (BORING) apartment. (The apartment that smells like pickled fish? Belongs to a pirate and his mermaid wife, of course.) Many wacky and madcap visual surprises as well as a fantastic twist at the end.

Rumple Buttercup: A Story of Bananas, Belonging, and Being Yourself

We LOVE Rumple Buttercup! You should like him too. If you don’t, YOU are a weird green monster!

Most of the Better Natural Things in the World

We ♥ this book! So gorgeous & so sweet!

Beverly, Right Here

I read “Raymie Nightengale” and fell in love with Raymie.

I read “Louisiana’s Way Home” and fell in love with Louisiana.

I read “Beverly, Right Here” and fell in love with Beverly.

That’s Kate DiCamillo at work.

Beverly is tough, independent and resourceful. Her story begins when she decides to “leave” (as opposed to “run away”) home at the ripe old age of 14. Her beloved dog, Buddy, has died and left her brokenhearted. Her selfish, alcoholic mother continues to disappoint her. When she arrives in her new town, she quickly finds a job and a place to live. What she doesn’t expect is the deepening connections from new friends, a sense of belonging and a blossoming new self-confidence.

As always, Kate DiCamillo delivers unforgettable characters, a great story and an uplifting message.

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