Children's Books

A Face Like GlassA Face Like Glass, Frances Hardinge

In the underground city of Caverna, the world’s most skilled craftsmen toil in the darkness to create delicacies beyond compare—wines that remove memories, cheeses that make you hallucinate, and perfumes that convince you to trust the wearer, even as they slit your throat. On the surface, the people of Caverna seem ordinary, except for one thing: their faces are as blank as untouched snow. Expressions must be learned, and only the famous Facesmiths can teach a person to express (or fake) joy, despair, or fear—at a steep price. Into this dark and distrustful world comes Neverfell, a girl with no memory of her past and a face so terrifying to those around her that she must wear a mask at all times. Neverfell's expressions are as varied and dynamic as those of the most skilled Facesmiths, except hers are entirely genuine. And that makes her very dangerous indeed . . .

Recommended by Nathan Spofford, Tina Peterson, April Moody, and Gene Nelson

 

A Family is a Family is a FamilyA Family is a Family is a Family, Sara, O'Leary

A new girl at school is afraid classmates will find her strange for living in a foster home. Little does she know her peers have families that are every bit as unusual and wonderful as hers. The clincher for this book is when the foster mother is asked which ones are her “real” children. “Oh, I don’t have any imaginary children,” Mom says. “All my children are real.”

Recommended by Nathan Spofford, Tina Peterson, April Moody, and Gene Nelson