Books for Sad Days
For a young boy, summer means endless days spent with his best friend, Jamie, a bright and clever boy, full of life and mischief. If the two of them aren't picking blackberries, they're wrestling or skipping stones across a creek. Together, these two boys are in constant motion.
"On my honor," Joel says to his father when he promises not to go anywhere except the park. But then Joel challenges his best friend, Tony, to a swimming race in a fast-moving river. Joel knows it's dangerous, but who knew one decision could change his entire life?
Sara Louise Bradshaw is sick and tired of her beautiful twin Caroline. Ever since they were born, Caroline has been the pretty one, the talented one, the better sister. Even now, Caroline seems to take everything: Louise's friends, their parents' love, her dreams for the future.
Out of a rare American tradition, sweet as hay, grounded in the gentle austerities of the Book of Shaker, and in the Universal countryman's acceptance of birth, death, and the hard work of wresting a life from the land comes this haunting novel of a Vermont farm boyhood.
On a mountainside in Japan, two boys enjoy a humble life governed by age-old customs. Jiya belongs to a family of fishermen; his best friend, Kino, farms rice. But when a neighboring volcano erupts and a tsunami swallows their village, including Jiya's family, life as they know it is changed forever.
Billy Colman roams the Ozarks of northeastern Oklahoma with his bluetick hound and his precious coonhound pup trying to "tree" the elusive raccoon. In time, the inseparable trio wins the coveted gold cup in the annual coon-hunt contest, captures the wily ghost coon, and bravely fights with a mountain lion.