Looking for some good cultural reading while on holiday break? Grab your library card and check out a selection from this list of recommendations by Abington Community Young Adult Librarian Sandy Longo:
Guantanamo Boy by Anna Perera
You've learned that you're innocent until proven guilty, right? Not everywhere. One 15 year old Muslim boy's experience believed war on terrorism, from England, on family holiday in Pakistan. He's abducted with charge and denied his freedom when most his age are finding theirs. Though Khalid tries to understand, he fails.
The House of Djinn by Suzanne Fisher Staples
Local author's sequel to novels Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind and Haveli. While a stand-alone read, The House of Djinn, the author reexamines the traditional Islamic values in comparison to the Pakistan of today. Secure and educated, Mumtaz is truly understood by two members of her family. When one dies, Mumtaz and her cousin question duty to family versus their dreams for the future.
Tattoo Art Around the Worl
d by Diane Bailey
Tattooing … fashion trend or ancient practice? Either way, they are permanent. Discover the historical ties of the practice and art of tattooing.
Invisible Things by Jenny Davidson
A teen, Sophie, knows there's more to the death of her parents than she knows. With the help of her best friend and perhaps something more, Mikael, they work to solve the mystery and discover the past and future ties to her present while the threat of war is imminent in Europe. Or do their efforts and other chain of events result in more questions than answers.
Incredibly Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Senior year. Some Alice and friends are shopping for prom dresses, while some for wedding dresses. Patrick and Alice will see each other for the last time, at the prom, for nearly a year. Patrick is about to leave for Spain. Are the graduates coming to the end of childhood or a new beginning?
SandyLongo dreams of going on an extended vacation to Nova Scotia!