Ages: 8 - 12
In a starred review, Horn Book said, "The book begs to be read aloud...Another completely original and exceptional package from Perkins." This funny and moving young tween novel by Newbery Medalist Lynne Rae Perkins is about nuts, squirrels, friendship, and the power of stories to save the world. It features black-and-white art by the author on every page. Jed, Chai, and TsTs are the very best of friends. One day, while out gathering nuts for the winter, Jed is snatched by a hawk. Chai and TsTs watch in disbelief as the hawk swoops up and away . . . far away. They race to the highest branch they can find-there is Jed, a speck in the distance, several realms away. But then, they see something unbelievable: Jed falling through the sky. Is it possible that their friend is still alive? Chai and TsTs resolve to go see, traveling along the power lines, traveling farther than they ever have before. Jed, for his part, is still alive, having bounced off a dog and landed in a pile of leaves. Jed resolves to find a way home-but where is home? New communities are discovered, new friends made, huge danger encountered (both man-made and of the fox and bobcat variety), and the mysteries of squirrel culture are revealed. It turns out that squirrels are steadfast and fun-loving. It turns out that they adore peanut butter. It turns out that they love games and a really good story. And nuts. Nuts to You is literary, quirky, funny, and thought-provoking. It is a powerful and satisfying piece of storytelling, about the power of stories to save the world.