The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is by Gabrielle Zevin. This charming story follows A.J. Fikry the grumpy, book-snob owner of a small bookstore located on isolated Alice Island. His wife recently died in an accident and he is struggling to cope with his loss. Then one day he meets a new publishing rep, has his prize collection of Poe stolen, and discovers an unexpected package left in his store that changes his life forever. A wonderful story about books, their place in our lives, and the power of love to help us overcome life's challenges.
Ratings: 11th grade - 9 out of 10 - P (profanity) - AC (mature thematic content).