Oh, my! Make sure you have your Kleenex handy. This one not only pulled me in, but made me never want to let go. Jamal and Q had been best-friends-more-like-brothers for their whole lives. But that ended two years ago when Jamal's parents were killed in a car accident. Jamal blamed Q, and in his grief completely froze him out [...]
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(THIS is my favorite meme ever!) The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude When her beloved cousin goes missing after a May Day celebration, sixteen-year-old Ivy discovers that both her cousin and her hometown in the Missouri Ozarks are as full of secrets as the woods that surround them. The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June by Robin [...]
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. Magus of the Library (v.1) by Mitsu Izumi As Theo endures the prejudice and [...]
Every April, the American Library Association shares the Top Ten Challenged Books of the year. Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2020 The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 156 challenges to library, school, and university materials and services in 2020. Of the 273 books that were targeted, here are the most challenged, along with the reasons cited for censoring the books: [...]
Box Out by John Coy High school sophomore Liam jeopardizes his new position on the varsity basketball team when he decides to take a stand against his coach who is leading prayers before games and enforcing teamwide participation. -- After the Shot Drops by Randy Ribay Told from alternating perspectives, Bunny takes a basketball scholarship to an elite private school to help [...]
Yep. That's the title of this wonderfully silly, but thoroughly informative book by Mike Barfield and Jess Bradley. Split into three sections (Human Body, Animal Kingdom, and Earth and Science), each page is a comic style layout of what's really going on in the world. So whether you are picking up info about pimples, curious about Komodo Dragons, or like [...]
The Born This Way Foundation, co-founded and led by Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, supports the mental health of young people and works with them to create a kinder and braver world. Per their website: "Through high impact programming, youth led conversations and strategic, cross-sectoral partnerships, we aim to make kindness cool, validate the emotions of young people, [...]
Now a Major Motion Picture by Cori McCarthy In Ireland with her brother during the filming of a movie based on her grandmother's wildly popular Elementia trilogy, Iris, seventeen, decides to shut down production and end the annoying craze. -- The Call by Peadar O'Guilin For the last twenty-five years, every teenager in Ireland has been subject to "the call" which takes [...]
Earlier this year, we lost a great author when Kathleen Krull died. Her innovative and thoroughly enjoyable nonfiction have been winning awards and setting high standards for years. One of her last books was American Immigration: Our History, Our Stories. For all Americans, immigration is part of our history. Honoring that, Krull provides a great look at the ways immigrants [...]
Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Penelope Bagieu|This book profiles inspiring women--some who are world famous and some who are little known in graphic format, including Nellie Bly, Mae Jemison, Hedy Lamarr, Josephine Baker, and Naziq al-Abid. -- She Takes a Stand: 16 Fearless Activists Who Changed the World by Michael Elsohn Ross A source of inspiration for young women [...]