Sunday, July 5, 2009

The Art of Knowing

I just finished reading the ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of Julia Gillian and the Art of Knowing by Alison McGhee. Geared for kids aged 9-12, it is deceptively simple and childlike, following Julia Gillian's everyday life with her two caring parents and beloved dog. But then Julia picks up a book she thinks she'll like, until she gets midway through and decides she doesn't want to read the ending. She throws the book out on the fire escape, but she knows it's there, so she hides it with a tower of toys...
this is a profound book on facing our greatest fears.