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All the Light We Cannot See

All the Light We Cannot See - Anthony Doerr This is an amazing and moving story. Each sentence conjures images and emotions that resonate long after the page is done. I especially loved the last page and the description of souls. Dual stories that finally collide but only for a day but have lasting results.

A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl

A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl - Tanya Lee Stone Ya/Coming of Age/ In this novel in verse story, we hear the voices of three girls who are hurt by the same boy. Each of the girls is unique and yet representative of a different group of girls. The boy is a football/baseball player who just seems to want to "nail" a girl. Each of the girls is strong in her own way and yet somehow lets herself be taken advantage by this boy. I feel like he is somewhat stereotyped. This would be a really good book for a discussion group.

Jackaby

Jackaby - William Ritter YA/Mystery/Fantasy/histThis for anyone who loves Sherlock Holmes. It is really fun read set in America at the turn of the century. Jackaby is the Sherlock character and he has a female sidekick. The story is told through her voice. The story has a lot to recommend it . I thought that it was going to be silly but it is really engaging. Someone or something is murdering people in a most gory way.

Boy Nobody

Boy Nobody - Allen Zadoff YA thriller mystery. this is a fast paced book. short chapters. intriguing central character. Can,t decide if he is good or bad. A little biZare that he is such a deadly assassin. it is almost a junior Bourne thing. He is a machine but is beginning to question his assignments. Is his father dead? who are his handlers?

Nightbird

Nightbird - Alice Hoffman YA/ Magic realism/ Anything by Hoffman is a pleasure. This is a about a little twelve year old girl and the curse that has made her brother bear the wings of a lost lover's two hundred year old curse. In typical hoffman style she makes the ordinary extraordinary and the extraordinary ordinary. This might be a bit young for some readers but the story is engaging, well written and satisfying and surprising.

Shadow on the Mountain

Shadow on the Mountain - Margi Preus 6 to9 hit fix adventure Great book world war two Norway Norwegian resistance by young guy plays on the soccer fights the Nazis

The Siege Winter: A Novel

The Siege Winter: A Novel - Ariana Franklin, Samantha Norman Quirky book set in the 1100s battle between Steven and the Empress Matilda secondary characters wonderful focused on a mercenary and a young girl well done corky satisfying but unexpected end.

Prisoner B-3087

Prisoner B-3087 - Alan Gratz Y/A Hist/Fic based on a true story of a young polish jew's survival of ten concentration camps. This is a horrific story of one young man's survival. I would recommend it to struggling readers. Maybe grades 6-10. It was very well written and powerful.

First Frost

First Frost - Sarah Addison Allen In this novel Allen goes back to the characters from Garden Spells. The language is wonderful and we have the added character of Sydneys's daughter who is now 15 and finding her own powers. I love the magic realism that allows for amazing things to happen in the world if only we were open to it. Each of the Waverly women have a special power and as first frost looms, things get a little crazy before the apple tree blooms again and the women are their lives are set right again for another year.

Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs

Shakespeare Makes the Playoffs - Ron Koertge Novel in verse/14 year-old boy. This is about a baseball playing poem creating young guy whose mum dies and he has the perfect girlfriend who doesn't like poetry. Whew. That said this is a delightful book that has two poem geeks writing back and forth trying the different styles of poetry. Dad is struggling with dating and Kevin is struggling with how to get rid of the "cute" girlfriend. I loved the fact that he is a jock who creates poems. This book manages to cover a lot of ground sincerely. The dad is bereft and Kevin is struggling. Also things are not neatly tied up in the end---just like life.

Trust Me, I'm Lying

Trust Me, I'm Lying - Mary Elizabeth Summer Realistic/Mystery/Thriller. Julep(not her real name) is a grifter-someone who fixes things for money. At fifteen, she fixes a lot of things to earn the money for her Tuition high prep private school. Her Dad is a con man. A con man who goes missing and leaves all these clues for his daughter to find him. This is a fast paced mystery with a little romance thrown in on the side. I would not call it a realistic fiction because many of the capers are not viable but Julep is a brave think on your feet kind of girl who doesn't wait around for the guy to bail her out. This does not mean that she doesn't have help with her fix it schemes. In the end you are still left with several questions that beg for a sequel. I would rec this to any one who wants a fast paced thriller with a strong female character

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass - Meg Medina Winner of the 2014 Pura Belpré Author Award In Meg Medina’s compelling new novel, a Latina teen is targeted by a bully at her new school — and must discover resources she never knew she had. One morning before school, some girl tells Piddy Sanchez that Yaqui Delgado hates her and wants to kick her ass. Piddy doesn’t even know who Yaqui is, never mind what she’s done to piss her off. Word is that Yaqui thinks Piddy is stuck-up, shakes her stuff when she walks, and isn’t Latin enough with her white skin, good grades, and no accent. And Yaqui isn’t kidding around, so Piddy better watch her back. At first Piddy is more concerned with trying to find out more about the father she’s never met and how to balance honors courses with her weekend job at the neighborhood hair salon. But as the harassment escalates, avoiding Yaqui and her gang starts to take over Piddy’s life. Is there any way for Piddy to survive without closing herself off or running away? In an all-too-realistic novel, Meg Medina portrays a sympathetic heroine who is forced to decide who she really is.

The Boston Girl: A Novel

The Boston Girl: A Novel - Anita Diamant Hist Fic/American. The structure of this book is interesting. It is a story told to a grand daughter. But at times it is kind of intrusive or it dragged me back when I just wanted to me immersed in the time. Addie is 85 when the story begins and as she tells her story it is really the story of all women and their experiences in the 20th century. She has lived through a tremendous number of changes, the flu epidemic, two world wars and the changing role of women in American society and yet at the same time the story is uniquely Addie's.

When I Crossed No-Bob

When I Crossed No-Bob - Margaret McMullan Hist-fiic post-civil war U.Sthis is a small but powerful sory of family bonds and black-white relations . strong sense of place. Also a lesson in how to do the right thing.

My Book of Life by Angel

My Book of Life by Angel - Martine Leavitt Novel in Verse. Realistic Fiction Young 16 year old runs away from home in Vancouver and ends up with a pimp It isn't until the pimp brings home a little girl that she finds the courage to stop the "candy" and get out of her situation as well as saving the little girl. Powerful, gritty. Do the right thing

Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel

Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel - Sara Farizan this is a very sweet story about a young teenage Iranin American girl who is a lesbian. the story starts in one direction and takes a surprising turn. it isn,t a gritty novel but honest.