As Brave As You
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Scooping poop at his grandparent's house - that sure as heck wasn't the way eleven-year-old Genie expected to be spending his summer. But when his parents send him and his big brother, Ernie, to Virginia to experience the great (not!) outdoors, they're in for some big surprises. First, there are chores galore (picking peas, really?). Second, Grandpop just might be completely off his rocker. The man has a big ol' secret - and once Genie learns what it is, all of Grandpop's oddities start to make sense. Like why he locks himself up in a room that's filled with birds. And why he never - not ever, no sir, no how, no way - steps foot outside. On top of that, Grandpop has a crazy idea for how to celebrate Ernie's fourteenth birthday. Actually, to Genie it isn't so crazy, but Ernie thinks it's completely wack. Genie wonders if that's because Ernie isn't brave enough. but is being brave doing something? Or knowing when not to?
Disability and Health; Mental Illness; Physical Disability; blind; glaucoma; hypochondria
Black (African American)
Coretta Scott King Book Award, 2017, Honor, Author
E.B. White Read Aloud Award, 2017, Finalist, Middle Reader
Kirkus Prize, 2016, Winner, Middle Grade
Schneider Family Book Award, 2017, Winner, Middle School
brothers; country life; courage; family life; grandparents; Virginia; emotions and feelings
Reynolds, Jason, "As Brave As You" (2016). Diverse Families. 2102.