I was at a second hand book sale a few weeks ago, browsing through the boxes upon boxes of books, when I found a book I just had to have: I Wanna Be Your Shoebox by Christina García. It's not because I've heard of the book, because I hadn't. And it wasn't the title that grabbed me (even though my bedroom floor is littered with shoeboxes). But I had to read this book because it has the coolest cover I've ever seen:
Now that I'm reading the book, I've discovered that all the things in the shoebox on the cover are what make up the main character, Yumi Ruíz-Hirsch. There's the Statue of Liberty for her grandfather, Saul, who grew up in Brooklyn, and sushi (which she loves!) for her Japanese grandmother.
The surf board is for the surfing lessons Yumi took over the summer. Her father is teaching her to play the bass guitar, and in the school band, Yumi plays the clarinet. And you can never forget the pet bulldog.
Looking at this cover made me think about what would be in my shoebox. My list so far is:
- My ceramic piggy-bank
(I painted it all pretty at one of those pottery-craft places.)
- Diet Coke
(My beverage of choice)
(Those frogs on my desk weren't a fluke, I've been collecting frogs for over 10 years.)
- My laptop
(Working on a website and loving the internet come hand in hand.)
- Peanut butter M&Ms
- Italian Ices
- My flag twirling flag
(The colorguard is the best part of the marching band )
- My iPod
(So I can rock out on the subway!)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
(Best! Book! Ever!)
- Shoes! Specifically my new awesome purple shoes
(I like pretty shoes)
Now you tell me—what's in your shoebox?
—Carly H., STACKS Staffer