My rating: 3 of 5 stars Received: Raincoast Books Publication Date: October 3rd, 2017 Publisher: First Second Books Recommended Age: 10+ Pacing: Normal Genres & Themes: Graphic Novel, Young Adult, India, Magic, Family, Religion
Pashmina tells the story of an Indian-American girl who struggles to fit in at high school, then discovers more about her family’s history with the help of her mother’s magical pashmina.Continue reading →
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: Publisher Publication Date: September 12th, 2017 Publisher: Candlewick Entertainment Point of View: 3rd Person Recommended Age: 10+ Pacing: Normal Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Boarding School, Horses, Friendship
Trying to move on from her mother’s death and afraid of riding after a bad fall, plucky fourteen-year-old Kit Bridges doesn’t quite know what to expect when her father takes a position at The Covington Academy, a prestigious boarding school in England. Things are looking up when Kit meets her cool, possibly secretly royal new roommate, Anya, and the boys of Covington, like Will, with their charming accents. But she hadn’t anticipated such a strict headmistress as Lady Covington. Or the expectation that every student be a rider. Or the wild horse that she seems to have a strange and special bond with. While navigating new friendships, romances, and an alarmingly austere new environment, Kit needs to figure out whether she’s ready to get back in the saddle. And at the end of the day, it’s hard to tell who will be more changed by her arrival — The Covington Academy or Kit herself.Continue reading →
My rating: 3 of 5 stars Received: Publisher Publication Date: March 8th, 2016 Publisher: Viking BFYR Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine Recommended Age: 13+ Pacing: Slow Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Western, Magic, Romance, War
Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.
Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him… or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is. Continue reading →
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars Received: Publisher Publication Date: May 10th, 2016 Publisher: Dial Books Point of View: 3rd Person & Alternative Recommended Age: 12+ Pacing: Fast Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Mental Illness, LGBT, Friendship
Sixteen-year-old Solomon is agoraphobic. He hasn’t left the house in three years, which is fine by him.
Ambitious Lisa desperately wants to get into the second-best psychology program for college (she’s being realistic). But is ambition alone enough to get her in?
Determined to “fix” Sol, Lisa steps into his world, along with her charming boyfriend, Clark, and soon the three form an unexpected bond. But, as Lisa learns more about Sol and he and Clark grow closer and closer, the walls they’ve built around themselves start to collapse and their friendships threaten to do the same. Continue reading →
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars Received: Publisher Publication Date: February 2nd, 2016 Publisher:Philomel Books Point of View: 1st Person & Alternative Recommended Age: 13+ Pacing: Normal Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, World War II
Winter, 1945. Four teenagers. Four secrets.
Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies…and war.
As thousands of desperate refugees flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom.
Yet not all promises can be kept.
Inspired by the single greatest tragedy in maritime history, bestselling and award-winning author Ruta Sepetys (Between Shades of Gray) lifts the veil on a shockingly little-known casualty of World War II. An illuminating and life-affirming tale of heart and hope. Continue reading →
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: Edelweiss Publication Date: April 4th, 2017 Publisher: Balzer + Bray Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine Recommended Age: 14+ Pacing: Slow Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Siblings, Dysfunctional Family
Gem has never known what it is to have security. She’s never known an adult she can truly rely on. But the one constant in her life has been Dixie. Gem grew up taking care of her sister when no one else could: not their mother, whose issues make it hard for her to keep food on the table; and definitely not their father, whose intermittent presence is the only thing worse than his frequent absence. Even as Gem and Dixie have grown apart, they’ve always had each other.
When their dad returns for the first time in years and tries to insert himself back into their lives, Gem finds herself with an unexpected opportunity: three days with Dixie, on their own in Seattle and beyond. But this short trip soon becomes something more, as Gem discovers that to save herself, she may have to sever the one bond she’s tried so hard to keep. Continue reading →
My rating: 4 of 5 stars Received: Edelweiss Publication Date: February 28th, 2017 Publisher: Balzer + Bray Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine Recommended Age: 14+ Pacing: Slow Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Social Issues, Race
Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice. Movie rights have been sold to Fox, with Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games) to star.Continue reading →