Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 5:14pm
In David Levithan's New York Times bestselling novel, A is a teenager that wakes up in a different body every day, and it has been this way for as long as he can remember. A has long since learned not to try and alter the person’s life he’s inhabiting for the day, but everything changes when he wakes up in the body of a boy named Justin, boyfriend to a girl named Rhiannon. Every Day is about the relationship between A and Rhiannon and what they are both willing to do to be with one another. The book asks the question, Can you love someone only for their soul, without keeping in mind their gender or appearance?
Posted on Friday, September 14, 2012 - 11:48am
In this futuristic take on the Cinderella story, Cinder is a talented mechanic who also happens to be part robot. Cinder lives in New Beijing with her stepmother and two stepsisters after her late stepfather rescued her from a hovercraft accident. A horrible plague that threatens one of Cinder’s sisters, a developing friendship with the handsome Prince Kai, and an evil queen from the planet Lunar are all issues that Cinder must deal with. Cinder, the first novel in the Lunar Chronicles series, will appeal to both young adult readers and fans of dystopian fiction.
Posted on Friday, September 14, 2012 - 11:37am
What would you do if you woke up one day and learned that the earth’s rotation had started slowing, creating longer periods of sunlight and darkness? The Age of Miracles tells the story of 11-year-old Julia and her experience with “the slowing.” At first, the changes are barely noticeable, especially to Julia, who spends her days watching confused scientists on the television. Soon, the government decides to stick to the 24-hour schedule despite the change in daylight, and those who want to live by the light instead of the clock, the “real-timers,” are shunned by the community. Julia is worried about what’s happening to the world around her and how it’s affecting her family, but she’s often more concerned about being popular and hanging out with her crush. This thought-provoking novel will appeal to fans of science-fiction and coming-of-age stories.
Posted on Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 3:07pm
Iris Dupont is a new student at Mariana Academy, a prep school located in the Berkshires. Her only friend is the ghost of Edward R. Murrow, who drives her desire to be a journalist. While working for the school paper, Iris learns of a secret society called Prisom’s Party, and she is determined to uncover who is behind the society and its pranks. Told from multiple viewpoints spanning over ten years, Year of the Gadfly tells not only the story of Iris but also of her science teacher Jonah Kaplan’s experience at Mariana. Fans of The Secret History by Donna Tart or Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld will enjoy Jennifer Miller’s fast-paced and suspenseful Year of the Gadfly.
Posted on Friday, July 6, 2012 - 1:53pm
Doug’s family had to move to Marysville. Now that they’re here, Dad still has a bad temper. Doug’s brother is still a jerk. Doug’s other brother is still in Vietnam. Doug still hides a secret. But Doug also has a job now, delivering groceries to young families and elderly shut-ins. He has the birds at the library. He has Miss Cowper’s Country Literacy Unit. And he has Lil Spicer. Marysville isn’t paradise, but for Doug, it’s good enough.
Posted on Friday, July 6, 2012 - 1:51pm
Eric is sure there’s a scientific explanation for the glowing mushrooms in the woods behind his house. And there’s an explanation for the mushrooms creeping into his backyard. And through the floorboards in the house. And over the football field. There’s not a place in town that isn’t covered in the luminescent fungus—and it might not be the first time the mushrooms have swallowed a town.
Posted on Friday, July 6, 2012 - 1:42pm
Two bottle caps, a movie ticket, a protractor, a toy truck: All part of the box of stuff Min is returning to Ed. Each a reminder of a particular moment in the rise and fall of their relationship. Each item carefully documented in a letter explaining where things went wrong. It’s a collection of moments, of small-but-valid reasons things didn’t work out, all collected in a box and, like Ed himself, dumped.
Posted on Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 10:25am
The Azumas are so pleased with their newborn baby, Hikaru, and they delight in their little boy. But his mother, Sachiko, soon notices that her son doesn’t behave like the other babies, and this begins her struggle to cope with a special-needs child in a society that doesn’t understand—or, seemingly, want to understand—autism. Coping with the magnitude of Hikaru’s disability is hard enough, but Sachiko must also become an advocate for her son for his schooling, health care, and even social interactions.
This is a Japanese manga unlike most others you’ve seen: this is not a slapstick gender-bending fantasy adventure, but rather a realistic, family-based story for adults. Don’t be put off because it reads “backwards”—as you get absorbed into the Azumas’ story, you’ll forget that you’re even reading it right to left.
Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 5:57pm
Hazel (thyroid cancer, metastasized to her lung) and Augustus (osteosarcoma) meet at a teen cancer support group and “[fall] in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once” in spite of their philosophical differences: Augustus plans to seize every opportunity, while Hazel just hopes to have an opportunity. Leaving a mark upon the world would be easier if it didn’t mean leaving a scar on the person you love.
Posted on Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 5:35pm
Nailer works as light crew, stripping copper wire and other small-but-valuable material from wrecked ships along the gulf coast, but he knows his days are numbered, as he won’t fit in the tight spaces much longer. So when Nailer finds a clipper ship with a beautiful girl inside it wrecked on a nearby island after a hurricane, he believes his luck has turned. Soon, though, the wreck is discovered by Nailer’s abusive father and his band of thieves. Nailer has a choice: hand over the girl, the luckiest of Lucky Strikes any of his crew has ever seen, or take her back to her father, where—she says—Nailer will be well-rewarded, if they can avoid the thieves and rogues actively pursuing them.
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