Friday, April 30, 2010

Too short or too tall?

Schwartz, John. Short: Walking Tall When You're Not Tall at All.
New York: Rb Flash Point, 2010.

New York Times reporter Jon Schwartz pokes holes through studies that claim that short people are disadvantaged, and in doing so, he teaches young readers how to judge the validity of scientific studies.

Smith, Sherri L. Lucy the Giant. New York, N.Y.: Delacorte Press, 2002.

Lucy the Giant is a teen novel about a big girl from a small Alaskan town who runs away to work as an adult on a crabbing boat. Even though I hate cold weather, I really like to read about Alaska.

Nemeth, Sally. The Heights, the Depths, and Everything in Between. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2006.

This novel for upper elementary school audiences is about the friendship between a really, really tall girl and a boy with dwarfism. The story gets interesting when the boy meets an Amish girl who also has dwarfism.