We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a True Story

Sundquist, J. (2014). We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a True Story. NY: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

When author, YouTuber, and Paralympic Skier Josh
Sundquist was in his early 20s he weshouldhangoutsometimerealized he only ever had a girlfriend once, for 23 hours, in grade 8. And now as an adult, he wants to find out why he is still single. So he tracks down all of his almost-girlfriends and asks them to be honest about what went wrong. LOL.

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Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir

Engle, M. (2015). Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

Through verse, Engle tells how she and her family used to travel from home in California to her mother’s native Cuba where they spent gorgeous summers. With the onset of the Bay of Pigs in 1961, their trips to Cuba abruptly ended along with the ties to her mother’s 23309551family, Cuba’s culture, and language. Engle’s poetry shows us travel between countries, travel between two sides of her family, and eventually travel from childhood to young adulthood.

Engrossing. Excellent.