Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Marcelo in the Real World

What an amazing, amazing book. I finished reading it last night. Marcelo will linger with me for a long, long time. The fact that he does see the world in black-and-white makes him at once very much childlike and yet wise beyond his years. Yes, there are absolutes. Absolute truth. Absolute right. As Jasmine says, "The right note feels right." How true.


I hope you will pick up this brilliant book. It is perfect for an older teen, one who is learning about the world, questioning what he knows, the nature of right and wrong, of suffering and redemption ... and love.


I pay attention to who publishes the books I love and I must say that Arthur A. Levine picks books that speak to my heart. A year ago I met him at our local SCBWI conference and thanked him for publishing a little book: The Book of Everything by Guus Kuijer. What a gem! I will urge you to read it as well.


This Easter I splurged on several copies of The Light of the World. Marvelous paintings and a spare text by Katherine Paterson about the life of Jesus. The publisher? You guessed it. Arthur A. Levine.


When I have finished writing my big books, Arthur's going to get them. So I'd best get busy.



Bish Denham said...

Why do you keep adding books to my "to read" list?

Jacqui said...

I loved this book too -- my favorite of the year so far.

Vijaya said...

Yay, Jacqui says so too ... Bish, your pile is just gonna get bigger.