by Tessa, CLP – East Liberty
Today I’ll be traveling to Chicago to experience the annual conference of the American Library Association, or ALA Annual, as the profesh’s call it. I am psyched to be able to talk comics all weekend long, learn about books that will be coming out later in the year, and meet other librarians along with authors, illustrators, and the like. But I’m also really happy to visit Chicago again. It’s a stellar town with great food and lots of interesting music history.
Plus, if you fly to Chicago from Pittsburgh the time difference makes it seem like you arrived when you left.
If you haven’t been yet, put Chicago on your travel list and do some mind traveling with these excellent books set in the Windy City:
A boy recounts his annual summer trips to rural Illinois with his sister during the Great Depression to visit their larger-than-life grandmother.
Hold fast by Blue Balliett – BONUS: This is a summer reading giveaway book!!!
When her father disappears without a trace, Early and her mother and brother are forced to flee their apartment and join the ranks of the homeless.
In 1968 Chicago, fourteen-year-old Sam Childs is caught in a conflict between his father’s nonviolent approach to seeking civil rights for African Americans and the approach of his older brother, who has joined the Black Panther Party.
The mysterious death of an eccentric millionaire brings together an unlikely assortment of heirs who must uncover the circumstances of his death before they can claim their inheritance.
Caught up in a world of easy money, designer labels and drug-dealing boyfriends, sixteen-year-old Kyra Jones is living life on the fast track. But when her single mom is offered a job that takes Kyra away from her old Chicago neighborhood, and the drugs and gang violence that go along with it, she finally realizes that there’s more to life than Gucci, Prada and ghetto-fabulous bling. Starting over in a new place, with a new boyfriend, Justin, gives Kyra hope that life can be different. But sometimes the fast life catches up to you. And for Kyra, her only hope is to stay one step ahead of trouble.
Two Will Graysons. One coincidental meeting at a porn shop. One epic musical about a guy named Tiny Cooper. Lots of angst. Somehow even more laughs.