Book of the Week: Little Blue

Little Blue by Gaye Chapman

Published: 2010 Little Hare Books

Reasons why I liked this book,  and chose this as Book of the Week:

It’s a unique book, about something most people wouldn’t think to write a children’s book about.

It’s has a fairytale quality about it – from the plot to the illustrations.

Even though there isn’t a bit of white space on the pages, the illustrations do not dominate the book or the story.

There are faces hidden within trees.

Little Blue has a doll-like quality about her, which is subtle hint as to who she is and where her home is.

It’s a story of hope, and of finding oneself.

Everytime this book is read, something new is discovered.

It’s a quest story specifically for a younger audience.

This book isn’t just a book – it’s a work of art that all can appreciate.

The Bermudez Triangle

The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson

Avery, Mel, and Nina have been friends – best friends – for what seems (and feels) like forever. Together the three can get through anything. So when their faced with the reality that the Bermudez Triangle will be broken for the first time, they know it will be hard, but not unbearable. Afterall, Nina’s pre-college courses at Stanford aren’t forever. A summer apart won’t change them. Or it will it.

With Nina is California, Avery and Mel find themselves, not only working at a local (grimy) restaurant, but spending even more time with one another. Their relationship is changing, yet the two don’t even realize it until the morning after a party where innocent Mel wakes up hung over, and finds herself in a romantic lip-lock with her best friend – Avery. Mel has always questioned her sexuality, but at that point, Avery’s kiss sealed the deal; there was no more questioning. Summer may have been ending if a few short months, but the relationship between them is in full bloom – a relationship they aren’t sure of how to tell Nina about.

Finally home, and practically settled in, Nina knows in her heart of hearts that Avery and Mel are hiding something. What used to be so naturally comfortable is suddenly awkward and forced. Until the day she finds Avery and Mel in a store’s fitting room, making out. Can the Bermudez triangle moved past this? Or will it shatter and break?

The Bermudez Triangle written by Maureen Johnson isn’t just about how the lives of three friends drastically change. It’s a story about growth and acceptance. The story is easy to follow, and easy to get drawn into from the first page on. Johnson’s writing is open, honest, and as realistic as any work of fiction could get. The attitudes and emotions are vivid, raw, and real. She has not only crafted a well written story, she has crafted a believable one.                                                                                                            

The Bermudez Triangle is very much character driven. Not only do Avery, Mel, and Nina – the books main characters – drive the plot, but also the secondary characters. Parker for instance.  He’s lovable, genuine, and the kind of guy every teenage girl wants to fall for. Readers will not be able to avoid seeing the characters as real people who are simply struggling to understand and deal with declining relationships, chaotic school schedules, and absentee boyfriends, all issues in which many teenagers have to face and live through.