Meyer, Susan Lynn Skating with the Statue of Liberty, 298 pages. Delacorte (Random), 2016. $17. Language: G (mentions of racial taunts, but no words); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (mild fighting).
Gustave and his family have escaped Nazi-infested Europe, but that doesn’t necessarily prepare them to make a new life in New York City. Fitting in at school with his French clothing is difficult and he doesn’t understand white American’s hatred of black people. Hopefully with hard work he can help his family find a way and learn what he can change about himself and what he should ignore in order to find a better path.
If you have an need or an audience for historical fiction, especially in the upper elementary, then this would be a good one to acquire. Honest, without being brutal or exploitative, it paints a picture of life in the US in the 1940’s.
EL, MS – OPTIONAL. Cindy, Library Teacher