by Salina Yoon
This is the best book of 2016. (Sorry, Penguin) I have already reviewed it but I feel I need to talk about it again. It is the book everyone should read.
The story is about Dennis who is not a normal boy. He communicates by actions, not words. He is a mime. I think it is really important right now to focus on how people act and not what they say. A lot of hurtful things are being said right now. There have been a lot of nice actions and there could be a lot more.
Joy accepts Dennis even though they are different. She sees beyond their differences and learns to communicate with him. Everyone needs to learn how to communicate in another way. Everyone should talk to people who are not like them. Their life will be better and they will learn new things.
I go to a school where I am different. I have found some Joys in my school and I try to be a Joy. I think I am becoming a better person because I am learning about differences and the differences aren’t really a big deal. At the end of the day, we are just kids and there is a lot in common there.
I give this book infinite number of stars, plus bonus ones. If you haven’t read it, do it.
By Salina Yoon
It has been a while since I reviewed a Salina Yoon book but she is still and will always be my first favorite author. (ps I know she is reading so Love ya, Salina! )
Be a Friend is a different type of book by Salina. It is doesn’t have a penguin or bear or even a duck. It has a boy that is a mime. I think he is a mime to represent kids who are different, like me. It is hard for kids who are different to make friends. I am working really hard to make friends.
I like this book because someone comes along to be friends with Dennis. She likes him just as he is and is willing to be friends with him the way he needs a friend. I want Joy in my life. I think everyone wants a Joy in their life. Because she will appreciate you just the way you are.
Don’t tell Penguin but this is my favorite Salina Yoon. I hope everyone reads it and all the librarians reading this should add it to their libraries.
Emily Arrow even has a song to go along with a reading. Don’t you just love Emily Arrow? [Bridget note: I am trying very hard to find a way to bring Salina and Emily local to me] [Bridget note 2: Annoying little brother is saving to bring Tim Kubart local.]
(Oops, just realized I called Joy “Emily”. I must have had Emily Arrow on my mind)