Last week I received some books from Charlesbridge Publishers to review and consider for the Keystone State Literacy Association’s book award list. One of my favorites is A Moon for Moe and Mo by Jane Breskin Zalben with illustrations by Mehrdokht Amini.
Moe and Mo live in the same neighborhood and are similar in many ways, except that Moe is Jewish and Mo is Muslim. They meet at a neighborhood market where Moe’s mother is shopping for the things she needs for Rosh Hashana, and Mo’s mother is shopping for Ramadan. Through their friendship they are able to bring the two families together. The author expertly parallels the lives of the two boys, and through text and pictures we are able to feel the bonds of friendship forming and the world getting just a little smaller. The back matter includes an explanation of the two holidays as well as two recipes.
I also finished a YA novel this week – A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck.
This book has it all – humor, heartbreak, and hope. Just when you think you have things figured out, the author hits you with something you never saw coming. Make sure you have tissues nearby when you read for the many tears of joy and sorrow.
Have a good reading week!