Kid Konnection: Chopsticks
Piano prodigy Glory is being raised by her widowed father. He dreams of a musical career for her so he is quite upset when she becomes obsessed with the new boy next door. Her father does what he can to distance the young couple, but it does nothing to abate Glory’s obsession. Things eventually come to a head and she’s sent to a rest home from which she disappears.
Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral is one of the most unique books I’ve seen. Told through photographs, report cards, ticket stubs, instant messages and, other visual media, the reader has to carefully study the pages to piece Glory’s story together. I was fascinated with the story and eagerly came to the end and wasn’t sure I got it, so I immediately sent Sandy a text message. She explained a couple of things and then I reread the book and it all fell into place for me. By the way, Sandy and I sent quite a few text messages back and forth about the book, so I know there’s quite a bit to discuss in it.
The book is being marketed for grades 7 and up and I can’t help but wonder if they’ll understand it. Of course, they might be quicker on the uptake than I am, or it might not bother them if they don’t understand all the subtleties of the book. Chopsticks is a quick read, but don’t let the fact that there aren’t many words fool you into thinking it won’t require your undivided attention. Check this book out when you’re in the mood for something different.
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