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The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give
Angie Thomas
Blazer + Bray/HarperTeen, 2017
Audience: Older Teens, Adults
Source: Library, E-Galley

From Goodreads:
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.


What an important and timely novel. I can’t imagine anyone else having w…
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It Started With Goodbye

It Started With Goodbye
Christina June
Blink/HarperCollins, 2017
Audience: All Teens
Source: Library

From Goodreads:
Sixteen-year-old Tatum Elsea is bracing for the worst summer of her life. After being falsely accused of a crime, she’s stuck under stepmother-imposed house arrest and her BFF’s gone ghost. Tatum fills her newfound free time with community service by day and working at her covert graphic design business at night (which includes trading emails with a cute cello-playing client). When Tatum discovers she’s not the only one in the house keeping secrets, she finds she has the chance to make amends with her family and friends. Equipped with a new perspective, and assisted by her feisty step-abuela-slash-fairy-godmother, Tatum is ready to start fresh and maybe even get her happy ending along the way.

So apparently, this was a Cinderella retelling? Totally did NOT get that from the book. Once it was explained in the back, I saw it, but I never would have expected it or seen it …

Lumberjanes, Vol. 6: Sink or Swim

Lumberjanes, Vol. 6: Sink or Swim
Shannon Watters
BOOM! Box, 2017
Source: Library
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
A crazy storm is coming and the Lumberjanes have to help their counselor Seafarin’ Karen get her boat back from some renegade selkies. 

Knot On Your Life!

Camp is about more than just crafts and acquiring badges when you’re a Lumberjane. When April, Jo, Mal, Molly, and Ripley all decide to learn more about the mysterious Seafarin’ Karen, things take a turn for the strange. Shapeshifters, strange portals, and friendship to the max make for one summer camp that never gets boring!


Ok, when did Noelle Stevenson stop writing the Lumberjanes books? I still loved Sink or Swim, but WHERE IS NOELLE STEVENSON AND WHAT IS SHE DOING??? Seriously, I’m concerned. Anyway, I enjoyed the nautical theme, the supernatural elements, the romance and the solution to the problem. It was so much fun and hilarious as well. Lumberjanes never lets me down for an adventure!

Gitchie Girl

Gitchie Girl
Phil Hamman, Sandy Hamman
Electio Publishing, 2016
Source: Library
Audience: Adults, Older Teens

From Goodreads:
A terrified voice cried out in the night.

"Who are you? What do you want?"

The sound of snapping twigs closed in on the five teenagers enjoying an evening around a glowing campfire at Gitchie Manitou State Park. The night of music and laughter had taken a dark turn. Evil loomed just beyond the tree line, and before the night was over, one of the Midwest's most horrific mass murders had left its bloodstains spewed across the campsite. One managed to survive and would come to be known as the "Gitchie Girl." Harrowing memories of the terrifying crime sent her spiraling out of control, and she grasped at every avenue to rebuild her life. Can one man, a rescue dog, and a glimmer of faith salvage a broken soul? This true story will touch your heart and leave you cheering that good can prevail over the depravity of mankind.

Through extensive resea…

Saint Death

Saint Death
Marcus Sedgwick
Orion, 2016
Source: E-Galley
Audience: Older Teens, Adults

From Goodreads:
A potent, powerful and timely thriller about migrants, drug lords and gang warfare set on the US/Mexican border by prize-winning novelist, Marcus Sedgwick.  Anapra is one of the poorest neighbourhoods in the Mexican city of Juarez - twenty metres outside town lies a fence - and beyond it - America - the dangerous goal of many a migrant. Faustino is one such trying to escape from the gang he's been working for. He's dipped into a pile of dollars he was supposed to be hiding and now he's on the run. He and his friend, Arturo, have only 36 hours to replace the missing money, or they're as good as dead. Watching over them is Saint Death. Saint Death (or Santissima Muerte) - she of pure bone and charcoal-black eye, she of absolute loyalty and neutral morality, holy patron to rich and poor, to prostitute and narco-lord, criminal and police-chief. A folk saint, a rebel angel,…

Afterlife with Archie Vol. 1: Escape from Riverdale

Afterlife with Archie Vol. 1: Escape from Riverdale
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Francesco Francavilla
Archie Comics, 2014
Source: My Husband’s Bookshelf
Audience: Older Teens, Adults

From Goodreads:
When Jughead's beloved pet Hot Dog is killed in a hit and run, Jughead turns to the only person he knows who can help bring back his canine companion—Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Using dark, forbidden magic, Sabrina is successful and Hot Dog returns to the land of the living. But he's not the same... and soon, the darkness he brings back with him from beyond the grave begins to spread, forcing Archie and the gang to try to escape Riverdale!

When I was younger, the Main Branch of our libraries had a file drawer filled with comics. You could find Disney, Archie, Popeye, and more. It was always fun to look through them, but as I got older, I stopped reading them. I grew to strongly dislike the idea of graphic novels and comics, and seldom read them. However, my husband introduced me to Fable…

The Sun is Also a Star

The Sun is Also a Star
Nicola Yoon
Delacorte Press, 2016
Source: E-Galley, Library
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?


Oh, how I loved The Sun is Also a Star. It’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed reading a teen book as m…