By Terri Schlichenmeyer —
Never Curse the Rain
This summer’s been one for the record books … rain, rain, humidity, rain. But you know what life is like without it, and in “Never Curse the Rain” by Jerry Apps, you’ll learn to appreciate what comes from the skies. This book is like the literary version of comfort food: Put it in your hands and you’ll feel as though you’re wrapped in Grandma’s hand-knitted afghan while sipping tomato soup on a gray day. Apps is a consummate storyteller who can sadden you on one page, tickle your funny bone two pages later and astound you with facts in between.
Or, how about a book that defies age-categorization? “Dirt” by Denise Gosliner Orenstein is a smart tale of a little girl who has nothing—she’s lost her mother, given up her voice, and is about to lose her father. School was easy but the bullying she got there was hard, and she never had any friends to speak of … until one day, a smelly one-eyed pony walks up to her front door. The girl, Yonder, knows the pony’s owner, and the woman is mean. Just how mean is proven later when the woman decides to sell the pony for horse meat and Yonder must act fast to save her friend.
You’re Sending Me Where?
And if the weather made you long for the summer fun of childhood, then “You’re Sending Me Where? Dispatches from Summer Camp” by Eric Dregni brings it all back.
Who would choose summer school over going to camp? That’s a good question, and 6-year-old Eric Dregni knew the answer. His mother was surely abandoning him by leaving him at a “comfy” Minnesota day camp, and he made quite the fuss about it. At the end of the first day, she was there to pick him up and all was well: He was “transformed … the worst day of my life had become the best one.” At the end of this book, you might ask for s’more!