Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Sing a Song of Tuna Fish by Esme Raji Codell

The author tells stories she says are 95% true from her childhood growing up in a poor section of Chicago in the 1970's. (Her mother says the people in their neighborhood aren't "poor" but "broke.") Her unconventional parents don't care if she goes to school, and when she does go to school it's to an unusual one where the students choose what they want to do every morning, and never have to do anything they don't want to. In the first story in the book, Esme's mother orders her to throw eggs at a car that is parked in front of a fire hydrant across from their house! I really enjoyed reading this book - it was funny and nostalgic, reminding me of when I was growing up. Review by Stacy Church

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