Toy Savage, Middle School History
Favorite adult book recommendation — All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
The classic 20th-century political novel, very dense in places but beautifully structured and absolutely compelling. Particularly apt in this day and age.
Favorite children’s book recommendation — Stuart Little E. B. White
I always preferred this to “Charlotte’s Web,” even though the latter is more famous. If great children’s literature asks young people to confront their fears, then the metaphor of the second child being a mouse is the perfect way to reach out to younger siblings terrified of being in the older brother’s shadow. It was also the first YA book I ever read with an inconclusive ending. I spent a lot of time wondering if Stuart ever caught up to Margot.