Jane – Aline McKenna

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My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Diamond Distributors
Publication Date: September 19th, 2017
Publisher: Archaia
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 13+
Pacing: Fast
Genres &  Themes: Classics Retold, Jane Eyre, Comics, Mystery


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A reimagining of Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel Jane Eyre set in present day, written by acclaimed screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna and Eisner Award-winning illustrator Ramón K. Pérez. Continue reading

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The First Rule of Punk – Celia C. Pérez

32050089.jpgThe First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: August 22nd, 2017
Publisher: Viking BFYR
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 8+
Pacing: Fast
Genres &  Themes: Middle Grade, School, Friendship, Culture


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From debut author and longtime zine-maker Celia C. Perez, The First Rule of Punk is a wry and heartfelt exploration of friendship, finding your place, and learning to rock out like no one’s watching. Continue reading

Brave – Svetlana Chmakova

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: May 23rd, 2017
Publisher: Yen Press
Point of View: Masculine
Recommended Age: 9+
Pacing: Slow
Genres &  Themes: Middle Grade, Bullying


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The charming world of Berrybrook Middle School gets a little bigger in this highly anticipated follow up to Svetlana Chmakova’s award winning Awkward with a story about a boy who learns his own way of being Brave! Continue reading

Holding Up the Universe – Jennifer Niven

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: October 4th, 2016
Publisher: Knopf
Point of View: 1st Person & Boy-Girl
Recommended Age: 13+
Pacing: Slow
Genres &  Themes: Young Adult, Romance, High School, Contemporary, Body Health, Mental Health


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Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything.  Continue reading

Awkward – Svetlana Chmakova

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: July 21st, 2015
Publisher: Yen Press
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 8+
Pacing: Normal
Genres &  Themes: Middle Grade, Manga, Friendship, Art & Science, School Life


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Cardinal rule #1 for surviving school: Don’t get noticed by the mean kids.

Cardinal rule #2 for surviving school: Seek out groups with similar interests and join them. Continue reading

Dear Martin – Nic Stone

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: October 17th, 2017
Publisher: Crown BFYR
Point of View: 3rd Person & Masculine
Recommended Age: 13+
Pacing: Slow
Genres &  Themes: Young Adult, Social Issues, Contemporary, Race


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Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut. Continue reading