by Tara Dairman
Submitted by Stefanie M.
Every year since the founding of St. Polonius, all of the adults and teenagers partake in the “sacred tasting of the bear liver,” a tradition that has existed since the founders were lulled into a hibernation that saved their lives after eating….a bear liver. Things go awry when everyone who tasted the liver immediately falls into a deep sleep, leaving the children in charge. Our main character Jean, senses that something isn’t right, and strives to solve the mystery of the great hibernation and bring everyone back to their senses, literally and figuratively. Hilarious at times while also examining themes like power structures and belonging, this is a perfect winter read, and would also make a great family read-aloud.