Genie and Ernie are spending the summer with their grandparents on a farm in Virginia, a far cry from their normal stomping ground of Brooklyn, New York. Things are very different in the country, and the two boys must learn to be brave, especially Genie who worries about everything. With limited Internet access, a grandfather who is blind, and a grandmother who believes all children should have chores, this should be an interesting summer as they boys must show how brave they are.
In As Brave As You (Lexile: 750; Interest Level: Grades 5-8), Jason Reynolds paints a wonderful picture of two boys learning more about who they are as individuals and what it means to be family. Slow at times, this is a beautiful story about growing up over one summer. (432 p.)
One of the reasons I became an elementary school librarian is so I can read children's books.