Staff Picks: Books
Staff-recommended reading from the
For a Funny, Endearing and Quick Read…
… check out the teen novel My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins & Fenway Park, by Steve Kluger. The story’s perspective switches among three main characters, TC, Augie and Ale, who narrate the tale through letters to special people and transcripts of instant messaging conversations.
I especially appreciated two aspects of the story. TC befriends a 6-year old orphaned boy, and in doing so, he comes to grips with the loss of his own mother at a similar age. Meanwhile, Augie freaks out about falling in love with another boy in his school – well, mainly about being in love, period – but his family and friends don’t freak out about it, and show him gentle teasing, love and acceptance instead. All along, there are plenty of funny and touching moments, and each of the three characters grows and changes as a result of their friendships with each other and their connections with family and the larger world.
My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins & Fenway Park