A Short History of the Girl Next Door

30040068A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: September 26th, 2017
Publisher: Knopf BFYR
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Grief, Contemporary, Sports, Humor, Love


Fifteen-year-old Matt Wainwright is in turmoil. He can’t tell his lifelong best friend, Tabby, how he really feels about her; his promising basketball skills are being overshadowed by his attitude on the court, and the only place he feels normal is in English class, where he can express his inner thoughts in quirky poems and essays. Matt is desperately hoping that Tabby will reciprocate his feelings; but then Tabby starts dating Liam Branson, senior basketball star and all-around great guy. Losing Tabby to Branson is bad enough; but, as Matt soon discovers, he’s close to losing everything that matters most to him. Continue reading

Malala’s Magic Pencil

31932921Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai

My rating: ? of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: October 3rd, 2017
Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR
Recommended Age: 5+
Genres & Themes: Picture Books, Education, Culture


This beautifully illustrated volume tells Malala’s story for a younger audience and shows them the worldview that allowed Malala to hold on to hope even in the most difficult of times. Continue reading