Children - Young Adult

We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062691316
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - February 26th, 2019

In Medio, rich women are trained for one of two roles- Primeras run their husband's households and Segundas raise their children. Daniela has risked everything to become a Primera and live a life of luxury, but when Sota comes to her asking her to be a spy and help bring equality to Medio, Dani must decide if her cushy life is worth the suffering of the peasants. ~ Reviewed by Jessie DeGarmo

The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062933621
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Published: Balzer + Bray - June 4th, 2019

Another beautifully written novel by one of my favorite authors! Emma Saylor is divided between two worlds- the easy suburban life with her dad and grandmother that she grew up in, and the crazy, loud, busy life in North Lake with her mother's family that she found over the summer. How much can she learn about her mother and this other world before time runs out? ~ Reviewed by Jessie DeGarmo

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781626722590
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Published: First Second - May 7th, 2019

Not an easy read for themes and there are no chapter breaks. There are a few spots where the story line takes a breath, but that is it. And that theme? How do you break up with someone who has broken up with you?” There is a lot going on in this 14 to adult graphic novel. Valero-O’Connell literally “paints” a picture of these characters in a manner that shows you who they are. Teens and adults should read this just to see “what is out there” for gender/sexuality stories but also, to read a story that shows how a relationship regardless who the partners are has its ups and downs and sometimes, no matter how good it feels, can be most toxic. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Revised Edition) by Jesse Andrews - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781419719608
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - April 21st, 2015

A typical teen story with humor, caring, really bad home-made movies, selfishness, family dynamics (no matter how crazy they are), friendship and even some homework. There is not a lot of traditional action, because it is more about Greg (or “Me”) telling about the few months he had to befriend Rachel (“Dying Girl”) because once they were friends in Hebrew school and now that she's dying their mothers think it is a good idea. And Earl? Well, he’s just Earl who does not have a lot to say, but when he does, it is a punch in the gut. Sometimes, literally. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Ophelia by Charlotte Gingras - Book Review

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By Charlotte Gingras, Daniel Sylvestre (Illustrator), Christelle Morelli (Translator)
ISBN: 9781773060996
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Published: Groundwood Books - March 6th, 2018

Gingras brings out emotions of love, hate, disgust and so much more in this translation of her book. You will root for and even against our heroine Ophelia. You will love the language of the text and cringe at what is going on around the characters. Ophelia is a typical teen who is learning, growing, trying to hide and trying to find herself. The art work adds to the emotional tugging due to the graffiti like images, the realism and absolute surreal-abstractness all rolled into one. Sylvestre compliments the sometimes sensual and sometimes crude text with equally sensual and crude art. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Jazz Owls: A Novel of the Zoot Suit Riots by Margarita Engle - Book Review

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By Margarita Engle, Rudy Gutierrez (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781534409439
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - May 8th, 2018

Get out your drapes and start to jump, leap and swing to the beat! Mexican-American born sisters, 16-year-old Marisela and 14-year-old Lorena just want to dance after a long day working in the cannery. Their 12-year-old brother, Ray (also born in the States, as was their father), chaperones them as their older brother is fighting overseas. As prejudices start to boil over, the same sailors that danced with the girls (girls of Mexican, Cuban, even Chinese heritage) want to show that “uppity Cuban musician” (16-year-old Manolito of Cuba) and the “uppity Zoot-suit wearing Gangsters” (like Ray) a lesson. What would be known as the Zoot Suit Riots (but as the girls point out should have been known as Sailor Riots) explodes with violence, humiliation and arrests of the wrong people. This tells of a probably little-known piece of history, but one that was told throughout the country in various forms. Pieces of historical, music and even a bit of Mexican and Cuban heritage is given as the girls and Ray grow during the years of WW2 in California. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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