Since we couldn’t embark on another full blown independent bookstore road trip, similar to our Northeast trip last year, we decided to visit A Chicagoland Bookstore that’s been very high on our list….
We stopped by Prairie Path Books in Wheaton, Illinois.
What a perfect way to get out of the city for awhile and partake in one of our favorite hobbies… books!
The space is welcoming and has appealing book displays for all ages throughout the store. I was captivated by each one and found myself skimming through books at each table.
There are endless gift opportunities too. I ended up purchasing a candle for a friend and Connie bought a few gifts for her friends, as well.
I was looking for a YA novel about social justice and the bookseller was extremely helpful. He showed me one of the book displays and it was exactly what I was looking for. I decided to treat myself to a couple YA novels…
First, Dear Martin , written by Nic Stone:
Justyce McAllister, an honor student, who is forced to deal with actions and decisions made by others, even when he should not be a part of them. One of his teachers suggests that he should write to Dr. Martin Luther King for answers.
Not only did I finish this book in two days, but I am going to suggest it to my high school students this school year. What an intriguing and riveting novel!
Also, I purchased, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-Winning Stamped from the Beginning, written by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi.
This novel tackles history that is not always discussed in high school. It is interesting and includes a lot to talk about with teenagers. A great read!
If you are in the search for an independent bookstore gem, this is the place for you! You can treat yourself to some books, other goodies, and even possibly a frozen yogurt or smoothie at Red Mango, which is a few steps away!
– Mandy G & Connie O, New Book Joy Founders