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Be True To Me

Be True To Me
Adele Griffin
Algonquin Young Readers, 2017
Source: E-Galley
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
It's the summer of 1976 on Fire Island, where feathered hair and the Bicentennial celebration reign. Jean, a sometimes cruel, often insecure, and always envious rich girl, is accustomed to living in her glamorous older sister’s shadow. So when Gil Burke, a handsome newcomer with uncertain ties to one of the most powerful families in the exclusive enclave of Sunken Haven, notices Jean—not her sister—Jean is smitten. Then Fritz, a girl from outside the gilded gates who humiliated Jean in the Island’s tennis championship last year, falls for Gil herself. Soon the girls are competing for much more than a tennis trophy, with higher stakes than either of them can imagine.

Told through the alternating perspectives of Jean and Fritz, as they experience feeling like an outsider and first love.

Ok, so I saw the author of Be True To Me was Adele Griffin, and snatched it up. I didn’t…
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Book Scavenger

Book Scavenger
Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
Christy Ottaviano Books, 2015
Source: E-Galley
Audience: Children, Younger Teens

From Goodreads:
A hidden book. A found cipher. A game begins . . . .

Twelve-year-old Emily is on the move again. Her family is relocating to San Francisco, home of her literary idol: Garrison Griswold, creator of the online sensation Book Scavenger, a game where books are hidden all over the country and clues to find them are revealed through puzzles. But Emily soon learns that Griswold has been attacked and is in a coma, and no one knows anything about the epic new game he had been poised to launch. Then Emily and her new friend James discover an odd book, which they come to believe is from Griswold and leads to a valuable prize. But there are others on the hunt for this book, and Emily and James must race to solve the puzzles Griswold left behind before Griswold's attackers make them their next target.

I could have SWORN that I had already reviewed this book.…

Lion

Lion
Saroo Brierley
Penguin Canada, 2013
Source: My Own Bookshelf
Audience: Adults, Older Teens

From Goodreads:
At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write or recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name, he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia.

Despite his gratitude, Brierley always wondered about his origins. Eventually, with the advent of Google Earth, he had the opportunity to look for the needle in a haystack he once called home, and pore over satellite images for landmarks he might recognize or mathematical equations that might further narrow down the labyrinthine map of India. One day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off to find his family.

Lion is a moving, poignant, and inspirational true story of survival and triumph against incredible odds. It celebrates the impo…

We Are Okay

We Are Okay
Nina LaCour
Dutton Books for Young Readers, 2017
Source: E-Galley
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.

The cover doesn’t really match up with the story, in my opinion. It doesn’t like it would appeal to older teens. While it captures the isolation Marin feels, it doesn’t seem to reflect her life in New York or the grief she experiences. In fact, most of We Are Okay is about grief. The cause of it is slowly unravele…

Beartown

Beartown
Fredrik Backman
Atria Books, 2017
Source: E-Galley
Audience: Adults, Older Teens

From Goodreads:
People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys.

Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected.

Beartown explores the hope…

Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science

Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science
Jeannine Atkins
Atheneum Books for Young Readers,
Source: Library
Audience: Older Children, All Teens

From Goodreads:
A novel in verse about three girls in three different time periods who grew up to become groundbreaking scientists.

Maria Merian was sure that caterpillars were not wicked things born from mud, as most people of her time believed. Through careful observation she discovered the truth about metamorphosis and documented her findings in gorgeous paintings of the life cycles of insects.

More than a century later, Mary Anning helped her father collect stone sea creatures from the cliffs in southwest England. To him they were merely a source of income, but to Mary they held a stronger fascination. Intrepid and patient, she eventually discovered fossils that would change people’s vision of the past.

Across the ocean, Maria Mitchell helped her mapmaker father in the whaling village of Nantucket. At night they explored the starry sky…

Nightlights

Nightlights
Lorena Alvarez
Nobrow Press, 2017
Source: Library
Audience: Older Children, Younger Teens

From Goodreads:
Every night, tiny stars appear out of the darkness in little Sandy's bedroom. She catches them and creates wonderful creatures to play with until she falls asleep, and in the morning brings them back to life in the whimsical drawings that cover her room.

One day, Morfie, a mysterious pale girl, appears at school. And she knows all about Sandy's drawings...

The artwork in Nightlights was incredible. It was colorful and detailed. Usually, I’m not one for pausing to look at illustrations, but this book definitely had me examining each page. The artistic character was unique and imaginative, something may readers will relate to. I will definitely be reading more books by Lorena Alvarez.