Mabel Alvarez (American, 1891-1985), Self-Portrait, 1923 ~ Mabel Alvarez was an American painter. Her works, often introspective and spiritual in nature, and her style is considered a contributing factor to the Southern California Modernism and California Impressionism movement.
The more out of control his parents get, the less in control Joey feels and the more he wants to help make things better. But Joey's grandmother wants her grandson to see it like it is. She needs Joey to show that he can break the Pigza family mold by making a friend in the outside world. The only candidate is Olivia Lapp -- Joey's blind homeschooling partner, who acts meaner to Joey the more desperate he gets for her friendship -- even if Joey senses there's more to her than meets the eye.
OPERATION REDWOOD by S Terrell French. When his mom gets an assignment out of the country, Julian ends up spending the summer with his uncle and his wife and son, relocated to San Francisco for new job as the CEO of an investment company that is planning to sell off a stand of old growth redwoods. Through a series of coincidences and covert operations, Julian ends up perched high atop the branches of one of these trees in and act of protest. Fantastically written and out of the ordinary.