Thrash tackles her past with brutal honesty in images and words. Set a year and a half after Honor Girl , Maggie is depressed and failing most of her classes. She wants her parents to notice her troubles, but her mother avoids the signs and her father remains distant and absorbed in his work. Maggie is haunted by a ghost, Tommy, her only confidante.
Voiklis, Charlotte Jones and Lena Roy. Becoming Madeleine. Farrar Straus Giroux for Young Readers.
This is the best biography that I have read. It is filled with photos, report cards, quotes, and love. The girls interviewed family members, raided photo albums, journals, and collaborated. Quote from Madeleine L. It helped put things into perspective. And now that I am older, I still do that. I've never had to lose my younger selves- so that's why I am every age I have ever been. The reading level is geared for middle school, but the work continues on to adults.
Acevedo, Elizabeth. The Poet X. Harper Teen. This is a compelling and emotional novel in verse about a teenage girl from Harlem discovering herself through her writing and slam poetry. Xiomara copes with harassment, bullying, and the strictness of her upbringing with her fists, though she has so much to say to the pages of her leather-bound notebook.
The ending is happy but messy, and will leave readers satisfied by the poignancy and realness of the story. Adeyemi, Toni. Children of Blood and Bone. Multilayered characters grapple with issues of agency and power, loyalty and shame as the novel is narrated in alternating chapters. Vivid descriptions of the setting and the concepts of the maji balance nicely with well-paced battle and action sequences that will leave readers aching for the main trio of characters and anxiously awaiting the second volume. Alameda, Courtney.
Pitch Dark. Tuck Morgan is a member of the crew of the U.
John Muir , and he has been for years. In the process of transporting a chunk of Earth from their dying planet, the spaceship is sabotaged and the crew can only survive by going into stasis. While Tuck is someone out of the past, Laura Cruz is very much in the present.
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Laura is from a family of archeologists, searching through space, trying to find shipwrecks and rescue relics from Earth's shattered past. When Laura's ship happens upon the John Muir, it seems like a boon for both crews. When an onboard terrorist crashes the Cruz ship into the Muir, things get very interesting, and Tuck and Laura work together to try to save both themselves, the family, and the treasures.
All the pieces fit together very well in a story full of suspense and danger! Albertalli, Becky.
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Leah on the Offbeat. Albertalli continues her reign with Leah on the Offbeat , a semi-sequel to her previous Simon vs. Leah on the Offbeat picks up near where Simon left off, with Leah and her friends on the verge of senior year. Leah struggles with her confidence as her friend group shifts around her. Though she projects a sarcastic and self-assured nature--Slytherin to the bone--Leah feels unsure and unworthy of everything.
She doesn't know how to share she's bisexual, even to her best friend, Simon, who is gay. She doesn't think her art is any good, doesn't know how to handle potential crushes that she may have. Albertalli renders Leah beautifully--her fears will speak to many teen readers as she and her peers navigate the space between being high schoolers and college students. Leah on the Offbeat feels worthy of the mantle left by Simon, a perfect story for any teen and a necessary story for queer ones.
Leah finds hope, strength, joy, and surety; the reader will, too. Andersen, Hans Christian. Canterbury Classics. A Demon creates a magic mirror that reflects negative thoughts and when one of his minions steals the mirror and it breaks, shards of glass fall all over the lands. People that come in contact turn mean and Kay, Gerda's, best friend is a victim.
The only way to save Kay is to get him back from the mean and horrible Snow Queen. In the beginning of the book there is an introduction telling when the story was originally published along with some of the background history that Andersen used to write his tale of adventure and love.
The illustrations are soft with a gothic feel to them and compliment the story line quite well. Again, liberties have been taken, but overall fans of Hans Christian Andersen will enjoy this classic tale. Anderson, Laurie Halse. Speak: The Graphic Novel.
When Speak was first published in , it was groundbreaking. It addressed rape and its aftermath in a way that no other YA book had.
Almost 20 years later, it has not become dated and its conversations and concerns are still relevant today. Drawn in stark, black and white, the book is haunting.
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Anderson, M. The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge. This character-driven and wonderfully funny book is centered on two main characters — Spurge, the Elfin historian, and Werfel, the goblin historian. Spurge is sent to the Goblin kingdom by his childhood nemesis to give the Goblin overlord what Spurge thinks is a peace offering. Meanwhile Werfel is to host Spurge like his life is at stake until the evil overlord is ready to meet Spurge.
The illustrations are done in pen and ink then assembled digitally. Recommended for grades middle school, but anyone who likes a good fantasy will enjoy this wacky book. Angelini, Josie. Snow Lane. This book is a great tool for letting students know that when their family is trouble it's Okay to ask for help.
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Annie is a fifth grader and the youngest of nine children in a very Catholic family. Her self-thoughts that run through her head shows her upbringing, " I don't know what the hell five Hail Marys would give them that Idea. The older siblings are very talented: Nutcracker dancer, sports hero, one goes to MIT. They go to Mas, dad works two jobs. Mom has checked out as a parent. It's up to the older kids to take care of the younger ones. Annie is dyslexic and in GT classes. Any extra money goes to the older kids who are doing well in the world.
Mom has become a hoarder, and she beats her children. The world doesn't see what's happening within the home. One of the girls runs away, and DHS gets involved. Annie doesn't want her family to break up, and she gets DHS to help. Armentrout, Jennifer L. Beautifully written with an upbeat tone that will have every reader longing for that experience.
Arnold, Elana K. In the kingdom of Harding, before the prince can become a king, he must slay a dragon. He may not have any knowledge of how to do so beforehand, but once he does, he will be rewarded with a damsel. The damsel is a beautiful maiden with no family to miss her and no memories beyond her rescue.
She comes back to Harding, marries the king, and bears one son, for the cycle to continue.
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