Staff Review - Jeanette

Johnny Delgado: Private Detective

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ISBN: 9781781121153
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Stoke Books - September 1st, 2012

When two of the hottest girls Johnny has ever had in his room (granted that is a small number—two total) ask him to do a little job for them (follow a cheating boyfriend), how can Johnny say no? After all, he’s been trying to get the word out that he is a detective for hire. But things go bad. Fast. And Johnny quickly realizes his first case might also be his last. Written in high concept, but for the struggling reader, this and other books from Stokes Books, are great for the 10 to 14 reader. Everything from font, to short catchy chapters will grab readers quickly and encourage them to read more. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Pale

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ISBN: 9781781120910
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Stoke Books - September 1st, 2012

The Lazarus Serum can bring you back from death. But you are changed. You become a Pale. Neither dead or alive. An outcast forced to live outside “normal” society. Jed can’t imagine anything worse. Until the accident happens and his world is turned upside down. Written in high concept, but for the struggling reader, this and other books from Stokes Books, are great for the 10 to 14 reader. Everything from font, to short catchy chapters will grab readers quickly and encourage them to read more. ~Reviewed by Jeanette


Don't Turn Around

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ISBN: 9780062102911
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Published: HarperCollins - July 9th, 2013

Sixteen-year-old Noa has dealt with the good and bad since her parent’s death. Mostly the bad. She has survived by her talent for computer hacking. But when she wakes up in a warehouse, IV in her arm and no memory, even her skills may not be able to help her. When "rich boy" Peter reaches out to the hacker community to help with his own problems, the two meet. And become mixed up in a terrible secret that literally goes “to the top” and anyone can be involved. Science and fiction blend effortlessly in this mystery for the 21st century. ~Reviewed by Jeanette


The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Notes to their Younger Selves

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By Sarah Moon (Editor), James Lecesne (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780545399333
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - April 29th, 2014

Over 60 authors were asked to write a letter to their younger self. Each author gives his or her younger self the advice they wish they had back then. Open and honest, each letter (written or illustrated) gives the reader (be they questioning their own sexuality, dealing with the same issues, or trying to understand friends or family dealing with the same situations) a look at people who have “gone before.” References in the back and some even in the letters provided. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Playground

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By 50 Cent, Lizzi Akana (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781595144782
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Published: Razorbill - November 13th, 2012

Butterball takes the reader through the events that made him the person he is today: a playground bully. The question is can he change? Does he want to? Loosely based on the life of Curtis Jackson (or hip-hop star 50 Cent), a well written novel of bullying and growing up. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


Ghost Knight

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ISBN: 9780316056168
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - May 7th, 2013

Take one 11-year old boy; one 11-year-old girl, and one ghost and you have the latest by Corneila Funke. Jon Whitcroft is sent to boarding school. A school with history: his father went there and it has ghosts that want to kill him! Only his new friend Emma, her quirky grandmother and a ghost of a Knight atoning for his past, can save him from a truly ghastly fate! Historical, fantastical and humor all rolled into a great package. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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