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Happy T day!  Finding a book with the letter T was difficult. Why? Because in the book industry, you don’t count the beginning words like: the, a, an, etc, and I wanted to keep the same approach to this challenge.  So here’s what I came up with:

thing a brother knows Three Rivers

The Things a Brother Knows by Dana Reinhardt, sounds like a good read for the guys:

Finally, Levi Katznelson’s older brother, Boaz, has returned. Boaz was a high school star who had it all and gave it up to serve in a war Levi can’t understand. Things have been on hold since Boaz left. With the help of his two best friends Levi has fumbled his way through high school, weary of his role as little brother to the hero.

But when Boaz walks through the front door after his tour of duty is over, Levi knows there’s something wrong. Boaz is home, safe. But Levi knows that his brother is not the same.

Maybe things will never return to normal. Then Boaz leaves again, and this time Levi follows him, determined to understand who his brother was, who he has become, and how to bring him home again.

Award-winning author Dana Reinhardt introduces readers to Levi, who has never known what he believes, and whose journey reveals truths only a brother knows (Goodreads.com)

If you’ve ever wondered what goes on between brothers or family members’ minds when someone is involved in war; this might help.  This could be another sleeper…

Next is Three Rivers Rising by Jame Richards.  I like the idea of this book for a few reasons: #1 it’s written in prose, #2 it’s historical fiction, and #3 the setting is Johnstown, PA which is very near my hometown of Pittsburgh, PA (go Steelers!).  Everyone has learned about the Johnstown flood in history books, right? Well, everyone who grew up in Southwestern PA did, anyway! But I’ve yet to read a nonfiction book about it.  Three Rivers Rising might be just the book I’m looking for.  Here’s what Goodreads has to say about it:

Sixteen-Year-Old Celstia spends every summer with her family at the elite resort at Lake Conemaugh, a shimmering Allegheny Mountain reservoir held in place by an earthen dam. Tired of the society crowd, Celestia prefers to swim and fish with Peter, the hotel’s hired boy. It’s a friendship she must keep secret, and when companionship turns to romance, it’s a love that could get Celestia disowned. These affairs of the heart become all the more wrenching on a single, tragic day in May, 1889. After days of heavy rain, the dam fails, unleashing 20 million tons of water onto Johnstown, Pennsylvania, in the valley below. The town where Peter lives with his father. The town where Celestia has just arrived to join him. This searing novel in poems explores a cross-class romance—and a tragic event in U. S. history.

I’m going to check out Jame’s website and see if she has any photos of the Johnstown flood or why she chose this topic.  I’ll keep you posted.

Do you have a T book for me?

By Pam

My passion is advocating for diversity in children's and YA literature.

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