Just finished the last Oregon Book Award nominee in the area of Children’s Literature! (To read more about the Oregon Book Awards visit my review of Medio Pollito.) A very sweet chapter book for younger readers about two very different cousins who finally find something in common to help them learn how to get along. Nora’s life turns upside down when her cousin Ellie’s dad loses his job and their whole family comes to live with her. Nora has to share her room, her clothes, even her desk at school with her cousin Ellie, the Texas Terror. How can two totally opposite girls find common ground? You’ll have to read the book to find out. I love that this book includes multiple families living together. As our economy continues to struggle, more and more families look to these kind of alternatives and it’s great to see that addressed in a book for younger children. As this is written by another Oregon author, it was fun reading about places and things particular to my home state. Find more books and information about the author at Judy Cox’s website.
Title: Nora and the Texas terror
Author: Judy Cox
Illustrator: Amanda Haley
Publisher: Holiday House