Murphy, Sally. Toppling, 121 pgs. Candlewick Press, 2010. $15.99. Language: G; Mature Content- PG (serious illness); Violence: G; John loves dominos. Not only does he enjoy crafting detailed patterns to topple, he enjoys the history of the hobby as well. His best friend even has a name that sounds like his favorite past time, Dom. When Dom goes home sick from school one day, it begins a journey that John didn’t expect to experience in his short life. Surrounded by his family, classmates, and a surprising new friend, John learns an important lesson about friendship especially during difficult times.
This story is a quick read, and would be particularly appropriate if a classmate or family member was experiencing a serious illness.
EL, MS- OPTIONAL. Review by J. Hafen