Summer of Silk Moths
This little book won the 2010 Green Earth Book Awards YA Honors. The personal mystery the protagonist lived with felt a little forced, but i liked the story as a whole. The character’s real work appeals to me–hauling building supplies, pounding fence posts–and combining those skills with his deep interest in natural history and drawing makes him intriguing as a potential pathfinder for other young men who aren’t often given these kinds of roles in YA. This story was a tribute to a great book my grandmother probably gave me, The Girl of the Limberlost, which also ties natural science (thru moths!) to people’s personal struggles. The author is working on a sequel, The Winter of Wolves, that i’ll definitely want to check out.