Fragoso met Peter Curran when she was 7 years old and he was 51. Curran used his manipulative ability to first become Fragoso’s playmate, her father figure, then her lover. In Fragoso’s candid Tiger, Tiger, readers explore the world of a young girl being brainwashed by a pedophile. Her description of Curran’s enchantment offers a frightening look at the power of emotional beguilement.
Thinking Themselves Free is an exploratory work that features a small group of teen mothers and their attempts to finish high school. Coffel demonstrates how learning can have a positive influence on teens who are struggling to balance motherhood and schooling. She also describes how schools can become more open to teens who want an education, but happen to be mothers.
Living a gluten-free lifestyle is not cheap, and while some adopt the diet by choice, many others must do so in order to stay healthy. If you think all gluten-free food is expensive, think again. Hunn explains how to make a gluten-free lifestyle affordable, from shopping to cooking and baking. The book is based on her blog, glutenfreeonashoestring.com.
The best children’s books subtly teach while engaging children with fun language and wonderful illustration. Jordan does this with her Firefly Night, which tells the story of A.J. and his sister as they catch fireflies on a summer evening. The story, paired with illustrations by Mary Ruth Patchin, teaches children that it’s often better to leave nature as is.