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Monthly Bookseller Feature: In March, Drew Loves....

One-Third Nerd by Gennifer Choldenko

My favorite book published in 2019 so far is One Third Nerd by Gennifer Choldenko. 
Family life can be haywire or hilarious or heartwarming or all three at the same time, especially for neurodiverse families today. In One Third Nerd, Choldenko once again opens up readers lives with her nearly masterfully child driven story. One Third Nerd is also the best early chapter to middle reader crossover book I have ever read. 

The book’s refreshingly awkward yet brave first person narrator, Liam keeps readers laughing with his instantly relatable real life adventures. Liam has a loving sister, Izzy, who has down syndrome and a energetic and often frenzied sister Dakota who is 100% nerd. The family struggles to help their dog Cupcake back to health and pay for Cupcake’s vet expenses. With that as the premise, the book reads like a story version of a highlight show of Americas Funniest Home Videos or an equivalent YouTube mix with many clever breaks of keen insight full of important conversation starters for kids of all ages. To me The best way to relate Choldenko’s newest book to other books is that One Third Nerd is an updated mashup of the best of Beverley Cleary's books with the most heartfelt of Judy Blume’s writing, with fittingly expressive cartoons.    


About Drew: I earned a Masters in Information Science in 2016 focusing on Children and Young adult books. I have focused on my calling as a children's specialist bookseller for a little over 8 years now. I have been at Books Inc for the past two years in that role. To keep up with highlights of my professional work check out my blog at www.worthyreader.blogspot.com

Drew and Gennifer Choldenko


Monthly Bookseller Feature: In February, Summer and J.C. Love...

Sweep by Jonathan Auxier

Books Inc in Laurel Village runs two monthly book groups for readers 9 to 12 years old. The Adventurous Readers’ Club reads—surprise!—action and adventure books. Wild Girls Mother-Daughter Book Club is for, you guessed it, girls and their moms.

February 2019 marks a very special occurrence: both ARC and Wild Girls have chosen SWEEP: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier as our discussion book. It is a book packed with both emotion and tension, fact and fiction, the historical and the fantastical. It is both familiar and refreshing, classic and modern. In a word, it is wonderful.

And what is the book about, you ask?

It's been five years since the Sweep disappeared and left Nan Sparrow orphaned and alone in the stark, gritty streets of Victorian London. She is left with no other choice but to work for a ruthless man named Wilkie Crudd, spending her days sweeping out chimneys. The job is dangerous and thankless, but with her wits and will, Nan has managed to beat the deadly odds time and time again.

When Nan gets stuck in a chimney fire, she fears the end has come. Instead, she wakes to find herself unharmed in the abandoned attic of Miss Mayhew’s Seminary for Young Ladies. And she is not alone. Huddled in the corner is a mysterious creature—a golem—made from soot and ash.

Sweep is the story of a girl and her monster. Together, these two outcasts carve out a new life in the House of 100 Chimneys—saving each other in the process. Lyrically told by one of today's most powerful storytellers (Peter Nimble or The Night Gardener anyone?), Sweep is a heartrending adventure about the everlasting gifts of friendship and wonder.

Won’t you join us one of these Sundays in February? We really want to talk about this book with you!


Summer & JC at Books Inc. Laurel Village

Summer and JC