I read all three of these books during the fall readathon. So why not review them all at once?
The Phantom Tollbooth
10-year-old Milo is bored with life. Until one day, when he discovers a large package has arrived for him. Inside he finds a tollbooth. When he drives through, he finds himself teamed up with a watchdog named Tick on a rescue mission through new lands.
This was, perhaps surprisingly, my first experience with The Phantom Tollbooth. What I found inside was both silly and smart. I enjoyed the adventure and would gladly pass it on to any reader of any age.
I Heart You, You Haunt Me
When Ava’s boyfriend, Jackson, dies, she finds herself incapable of moving on with her life. Then Jackson comes back into her life and Ava begins to think she doesn’t have to. But, of course, life must always go on and Ava is forced to face her reality.
This is my third book of Schroeder’s and my love for her continues to grow. Written in verse, this is a beautiful story of death and grief (that only takes an hour or two to read).
Good-Bye, Chunky Rice
In Thompson’s first graphic novel, Chunky Rice, a turtle determined to see the world, must say goodbye to his best friend.
I am honestly getting teary-eyed just thinking about this book again. It is a lovely and heartbreaking story of friendship. This graphic novel is short but the characters are rich. I dare you not to cry with this one.