The Last True Love Story

Like sappy love stories — this is not it. The Last True Love Story does not take place in a high school. The Last True Love Story does not have a female protagonist. The Last True Love Story does not have an amazing happily-ever-after ending. The Last True Love Story is about love that is . . . → Read More: The Last True Love Story

Keep Me In Mind

When one of two star-crossed lovers full of teen agnst run falls off of a cliff in the 1st chapter, readers of Keep Me In Mind by Jaime Reed will be anxiously ready to turn the next pages. Alternating chapters between each, Ellia Dawson and Liam McPherson tell their side of the story in dealing . . . → Read More: Keep Me In Mind

The Icarus Show

The Icarus Show, by Sally Christie, is a tender and insightful examination of strategies used to cope with uncomfortable situations and how they can interfere with living a full life. Alex has devised the perfect coping strategy for his first year in secondary school: no matter what happens, do not react in any way. David, . . . → Read More: The Icarus Show

Illusion

Set on an island off the South Carolina coast, Illusion is the third book in the Heirs of Watson Island series. Southern Gothic fiction steeped in mysticism and spirits with strange disappearances and characters who live for centuries, readers who pick up this book without having read the first two will have a difficult time . . . → Read More: Illusion

Alex, Approximately

Author Jenn Bennett immediately builds curiosity and tension in the summer adventure that Bailey “Mink” Rydell is embarking on as she descends a central California airport escalator. Choosing to come live with her father on the California coast, readers soon put together that this is the same town her online crush “Alex” lives in. Alex . . . → Read More: Alex, Approximately

Bull

In the hip-hop spirit of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical, Hamilton, David Elliot has crafted a reimagining of the myth of the Minotaur voiced in poetic forms by those that influenced the tragic life of Asterion, a gentle intelligent boy born with the head of a bull and the body of a man, whom his mother . . . → Read More: Bull

Stay in the Game

Megan Atwood’s short novella, Stay in the Game, is riveting from page one. The

overriding theme is that ”Is it okay to do harm for a good motive?” and “Does not knowing the

consequences of an action, make one not responsible?” James is desperate to get medical help

for his dying grandfather. He is contacted . . . → Read More: Stay in the Game

Dino-Racing

Dinosaurs and race cars! What could be better?! Dino-Racing is a fun, action-packed book about different kinds of car races with wildly colorful dinosaurs as the drivers. Shown are drag racing, off road racing, speedway racing and stock car racing. The rhyming verses entertain as the action moves through the scenes of different race styles. . . . → Read More: Dino-Racing

Max Speed

Max uses his “super secret” powers to overcome obstacles that appear during his adventures. The illustrations reflect the movement of Max as whooshes with his jet pack or zooms in his race car. He meets and defeats each challenge until he dead-ends at the door with a secret combination, broken with the code word, HOME! . . . → Read More: Max Speed

The Saddest Toilet in the World

The colorful illustrations in primary colors with whimsical facial expressions on the toilet are the saving feature of the book, The Saddest Toilet in the World. In an attempt to help a child overcome his fear of potty training, the toilet is personified as having feelings and emotions. The toilet “runs away” from the home . . . → Read More: The Saddest Toilet in the World

Extremely Cute Animals Operating Heavy Machinery

Extremely cute animals face off against extremely mean bullies with extremely heavy machines. Just ‘cause you’re cute doesn’t mean you can’t defeat the big bad bullies, especially if you’re smart and you have friends. The illustration of the pink tutu-clad girl bunny welding a steel beam shows how to overcome bullies: with strength and determination. . . . → Read More: Extremely Cute Animals Operating Heavy Machinery

Super Happy Magic Forest

Another take on the quest for treasure, good vs. evil genre of children’s books. The illustrations are in a “video game” style with different levels to survive and unusual terrains to traverse. The multitude of little characters and side humor jokes keeps the book interesting in spite of the rather usual story line. Heroes such . . . → Read More: Super Happy Magic Forest

Are Pirates Polite?

A delightful, rough-edged presentation of basic manners. Pirates are pirates: they burp and fight and plunder but they don’t forget to say “please” and “thank you” or share fairly or use their “inside voice”. Zany, colorful illustrations plus humorous rhyming text add to the message of manners amid chaos. This would be a fun book . . . → Read More: Are Pirates Polite?

Girl About Town

Lucille O’Malley teen years are not footloose and fancy-free. In the heart of the Depression, the O’Malley family barely makes it by on the small profits from doing other people’s dirty business – their laundry. Lucille’s mother always has a happy outlook, but Lucille desperately wants to find other means to support her family. Unfortunately, . . . → Read More: Girl About Town

Overdrive

Overdrive, by Dawn Ius, deals with the importance of family and the effects of loss, while taking the reader on a wild ride through the Las Vegas underworld of auto theft. Jules is “The Ghost,” a seventeen-year-old lost in the Foster Care System. She boosts cars to sell to make extra money to help give . . . → Read More: Overdrive

Saturday Night Live: Shaping TV Comedy and American Culture

Part history lesson, part biography, part social commentary, part of our lives — Saturday Night Live is an institution in American television history and author Arie Kaplan opens the doors of the who, when and what this sketch comedy show has done for American culture in the past 40+ years. After an opening chapter that . . . → Read More: Saturday Night Live: Shaping TV Comedy and American Culture

Summer in the Invisible City

Sadie Bell is going into a wonderful summer where she gets to take a photography class in the mornings using a camera her father gave her as a gift — a father she has set up on a pedestal though she barely knows him because he lives in California and she lives in New York. . . . → Read More: Summer in the Invisible City

We Can Work It Out

Want an idealistic, goodie two shoes, happy ending story to make you feel warm and fuzzy as the hormones of high school begin pouring out in spring? Welcome to We Can Work it Out, the next part of Elizabeth Eulberg’s The Lonely Hearts Club. Penny Lane is a high school student whose Lonely Hearts Club . . . → Read More: We Can Work It Out

The Telling

The Telling, by Alexandra Sirowy, is a murder mystery and a coming of age story, which deals with social issues confronting today’s teens sensitively. Lana McBrook divides her life into “before” and “after.” Before includes her stepbrother, Ben; after does not. Ben was murdered under suspicious circumstances; then others involved with Lana and Ben are . . . → Read More: The Telling

The Sleeping Prince

The wrath and tyranny of the Sleeping Prince is crashing down upon Errin’s world. All of Tregellan is going into a defensive lock down mode but Errin’s greater concern is to take care of her ailing mother, whom she believes has “Scarlet Varulv,” a mysterious disease that takes over her mind and body during the . . . → Read More: The Sleeping Prince

Mirage

Seventeen-year-old Ryan Poitier Sharp is a daredevil whose passion is skydiving at her father’s diving school, living life on the edge with confidence and wild abandon on and high above the Mojave Desert. Daughter of a vibrant Caribbean mother, a veteran father with PTSD, she is also blessed with a Caribbean grandmother who has shamanistic . . . → Read More: Mirage

Tattoo Atlas

The Boreal Five – five friends how grew up on the same street, each quirky in their own teenage way but bonded through life’s events. Suddenly they are cut to four as a classmate, also from Boreal street, guns down one of them during a presentation in English class. Each of them has bullied the . . . → Read More: Tattoo Atlas

Messenger

This refreshing, engrossing book by Carol Lynch Williams, winner of the PEN award, features cheerful, well-adjusted, well-loved and newly-turned 15 year old Evie Messenger, whose life has just changed forever as the legacy of the Messenger Family Gift is revealed to her…she can see the dead. Each woman in her family learns of their specific . . . → Read More: Messenger

Remix

Edgy. Surprising. Will she go that far? These are gut reactions to Remix, a young adult novel by Non Pratt. Best friends Ruby and Kaz, age 16, take off with Ruby’s older brother and his partner to a music festival for 3 days. Ruby is the experienced one, the push it to the brink to . . . → Read More: Remix

Beard Boy

Ben wants nothing more than to have a beard. All of the coolest, “boss” people he knows have beards, including his dad. After creative experimentation with different ways to have something like a beard, including an incident with the permanent marker, Ben’s dad throws Ben for a loop when he cuts off his beard. This . . . → Read More: Beard Boy