Ms. Bixby’s Last Day – John David Anderson – Realistic, Humorous
Ms. Bixby – a 6th grade teacher unlike any other Topher, Brand and Steve have ever had. Each of the boys has a special secret as to why Ms. Bixby is special to them, even though they wouldn’t dare admit it to anyone else. So when their teacher announces she has to take a leave of absence due to health issues, the boys become concerned. They band together to carry out a risky plan to give her a special day, but first they have to collect some items.
This is a heartwarming story about the relationship between a teacher and three of her “not the best” students. You will discover why each has a special place in her heart. Be warned: a box of tissues nearby might be good at the end.
,Something in Between – Melissa De La Cruz – Realistic, Friendship
Jasmine’s senior year is going great. She is class valedictorian, a national scholarship winner, and captain of an award-winning cheerleading squad. While her Filipino family is very close, her parents have a secret. They, along with their children, are undocumented immigrants. This means Jasmine does not qualify for her college scholarships, her only hope of going to college. Add to this that her boyfriend is Royce Blakely, son of Congressman Blakely, who is sponsoring an anti-immigration bill in Washington, DC. Suddenly, Jasmine’s future is very uncertain as the bill seeks to send all undocumented immigrants back to their country of origin. Jasmine does not remember that country. She doesn’t know the language. Will she really have to leave the US and the American Dream? Will she ever be able to go to college?
This is a timely novel as our government deals with the issues of undocumented immigrants and their children who may be citizens of the US.