A Song For Bijou by Josh Farrar, 296 pages
Bijou is a girl recently arrived from Haiti. Alex is a boy who really wants to get to know her. From the first time he saw her, he thought she was amazing and as he gets to know her, he knows she is amazing. Unfortunately for them, Alex attends the all-boys school, St. Christopher, and Bijou attends its sister all-girls counterpart, St. Catherine. Also, because of the cultural background, Bijou isn’t really allowed to have any contact with boys that aren’t related to her outside of school. Since they don’t even go to the same school, that makes getting some time to spend together very difficult. Alex is persistent though, and the two of them actually get some time to talk, at a school dance and through letters, and even some other opportunities achieved through friends’ plots. Alex and Bijou begin to be friends and maybe even a little bit more, but something major happens that could spoil everything. A sweet little story about first love that will probably appeal to more girls, but some boys may like also, this would work best for older elementary kids.