You just needed a plan, to take action. It’s how I convinced my dad to let me raise geese in our backyard, how I saved our underfunded middle school library from closure, how I overcame a fear of heights by bungee jumping on my sixteenth birthday (with only a little pee escaping me), and how I became number one in my class year after year. I believed, and still believe, that you can build your dreams brick by brick. That ...
To get the girl in Randa Abdel-Fattah’s YA novel, The Lines We Cross, Australian teenager Michael Blainey needs to get (and stay) “woke”—though it’s probably not the term he would use.
“I’m familiar with it,” Abdel-Fattah says of the slang usage denoting possession of a social justice consciousness, “but it’s very much an American-specific context word, although it certainly resonates with what’s happening in Michael’s situation.”
Readers of The Lines We Cross (ages 12-17) meet Michael at an ...
I learned years ago that it’s okay to do this. To seek out small spaces for myself, to stop and imagine myself alone. People are too much sometimes. Friends, acquaintances, enemies, strangers. It doesn’t matter; they all crowd. Even if they’re all the way across the room, they crowd. I take a moment of silence and think: I am here. I am okay.
It’s less than a year until Eliza Mirk graduates ...
BOOK REPORT for The Pearl Thief (Code Name Verity #0.5) by Elizabeth Wein
Go On, Take The Money and RunBFF Charm:
I Capture the CastleBonus Factors:
Crumbling Aristocracy, Sweet Ride, History’s MysteriesRelationship Status:
It’s Like Being In Love, Discovering Your Best Friend
Cover Story: Go On, Take The Money and Run
I neither love nor hate this cover, which, at least, has the sporty red MG that Julie ...
Last week, I covered a few of the May YA romances I’m excited about—and last month, I covered Riley Redgate’s Noteworthy—but there are even MORE May books that I’m looking forward to!
Here are thirteen of them:
It's Not Like It's a Secret, by Misa Sugiura
Lots of things change for sixteen-year-old Sana Kiyohara when her father moves the family from Wisconsin to California—not the least of which is suddenly living in a much more diverse community ...
The Classic Novel Hits the Half-Century Mark
We humans are tribal people, organizing ourselves into bands and clans that divide the world into us and them, self and other: Goths. Bloods. Rotarians. Where blood is not the basis, something else becomes the point of division: a haircut or tattoo, a band or political issue. And for all our talk of the oneness of humankind, we seem to thrive on making such distinctions.
Theodore Geisel, Dr. Seuss, got it right in his prescient story from 1953, The Sneetches ...
A boy and girl go on a road trip to California. They visit the World’s Largest Ball of Twine. They fall in love. The plot of Rory Harrison’s debut novel, Looking for Group, sounds typical enough; the book itself is anything but.
Dylan is 17 and just found out that he is not, in fact, going to die. After years of being the kid with cancer and fed up with his barely present mom, he sets out on a quest ...
BOOK REPORT for Beneath the Shine by Sarah Fine
Beneath … the ShineBFF Charms:
Eventually, With BenefitsSwoonworthy Scale:
PolitechsBonus Factor: The Scarlet PimpernelFactor:
Needs a GlossaryRelationship Status:
Cover Story: Beneath … the Shine
This cover is a little on the nose. It’s pretty, and the gemstone flower certainly fits with the plot, but the literalness of it makes me laugh in an “I’m not sure ...