Sunday, March 9, 2014
1) Anderson, Laurie Halse. The Impossible Knife of Memory. Viking Juvenile. 978-0670012091. After being on the road for five years, Hayley Rose Kincaid and her father Andy have finally settled in a small town where Hayley will attend school full time and hopes to find a normal life, but both Hayley and her war hero father live with the constant pain of PTSD. Hayley says, "It was enough to make me want to flee into the mountains and live out my life as a hermit, as long as I could find a hideaway that had a decent public library within walking distance.
2) Bascomb, Neal. The Nazi Hunters. 2013. Arthur A. Levine Books. 9780545430999. The hunt for Adolf Eichmann, Nazi leader responsible for organizing the deportation and extermination of millions of Holocaust victims. Includes background information about Eichmann and the establishment of Israel and the Israeli Mosad. Winner of the 2014 Excellence in Nonfiction Award.
3) Binns, Barbara A. Minority of One. AllTheColorsofLove Press. 9780988182127.
Sheila is the new kid in town while is Neill is an openly gay orphan with an ex-boyfriend who has gone straight. Sheila’s father ran an international Ponzi scheme that cheated hundreds of their money. While Neil wants to become a teacher, Neill’s brother wants him to become a doctor like him. Both Sheila and Neill are struggling to find happiness—and then they are confronted with a mystery that will break them or make them stronger. Barbara Binns is one of the featured authors at this year’s OELMA conference. GLBTSA (Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, Transgender, and Straight Alliance). Reluctant readers.
4) Casella, Jody. Thin Space. Simon Pulse/Beyond Words. 978-1582703923. Marshall Windsor is devastated over the loss of his twin brother in a car accident where Marsh was the driver. Marsh has been trapped in a foggy haze of grief and remorse since that fateful night. The tension builds as Marsh frantically searches for that sliver of space between the living and the dead to meet up with Austin once again and make things right. Identical twins often switch places so all Marsh has to do is convince Austin to switch places with him one more time. Buy multiple copies of this supernatural thriller! Jody Casella is one of the Ohio authors featured at this year’s OELMA conference.
5) Chan, Crystal. Bird. Bound Galley. 9781442478794. Nothing matters but Bird, the five year old brother who died on her birth date. Twelve year old Jewel constantly lives in the shadow of Bird in a house filled with anger, superstition, emotional pain, and personal demons, Jewel must try to find her place in the world. When she suddenly meets a boy who is visiting his uncle and coincidentally has her dead brother’s name, the world crashes in. Readers will empathize with the constant bewilderment and heartbreaking loss felt by Jewel who just wants a normal family.
6) Chiaverini, Jennifer. Mrs. Lincoln’s Rival. Dutton. 978-0-525-95428-6. Kate Chase is the beautiful, well-educated, and politically savvy daughter of the Presidential hopeful and member of Lincoln’s cabinet, Salmon P. Chase. Described as the “most brilliant woman of her day,” Kate established a salon in their home to rival all others, becoming the queen of Washington political society, but gaining the jealousy and enmity of the infamous Mrs. Mary Todd Lincoln. Kate married William Sprague, the governor of Rhode Island, only to courageously divorce him after 20+ years of his alcoholic abuse and infidelities, even legally reclaiming the Chase name. Historical fiction.
7) Culbertson, Kim. Catch A Falling Star. Point (Scholastic) 978-0-545-62704-7. During the summer before her senior year, Carter Moon expects to spend a relaxing summer hanging out with her friends and working at her parents’ restaurant. Her plans are disrupted by the arrival of a movie company with star and teenage heart throb Adam Jakes. When she is hired by the company to act as Adam’s girlfriend during the shoot to help clean up Adam’s nightmare image, Carter must decide what’s real and what’s for the rolling cameras. Released on April 29, 2014.
8) Fantaskey, Beth. Buzz Kill. HMH Books. 9780547393100. While investigating a story for her high school paper Millie stumbles upon a dead body, the head football coach and her dad the mayor is the main suspect. Millie, a Nancy Drew fan, decides she is going to solve who really murdered the coach. Fun, light mystery.
9) Ford, Gabrielle with Sarah Thomson. Gabe & Izzy: Standing Up For America’s Bullied. Puffin Books. 978-0-8037-4062-4. Gabrielle Ford lived a normal until the age of 13 when she was diagnosed with the rare Friedreich’s Ataxia, a life-threatening disease of the nervous system. This book is for the bullied, the bully, a witness to bullying, or dog lovers in general as Gabe takes her story on the road.
10) Grant, AnnaLisa. The Lake. Layla has been orphaned twice and is once again relocating, this time from Florida to North Carolina to live with her unknown aunt and uncle. Although the main character, Layla Weston, is a 17 year old senior, the content and the situations of this book are very appropriate for a freshman. She falls in love with the first boy she meets in this simple romance. First book in the Lake Trilogy. Reluctant readers. FREE DOWNLOAD FROM AMAZON.
11) Johnson, Jaleigh. The Mark of the Dragonfly. Delacorte Books. 9780385376150. A new steampunkish fantasy set in an alternate world. Piper is trying to survive and save as much money as she can to get out of the Meteor Fields and move to Dragonfly territory to revenge her dad’s death. The last meteor storm brings her more trouble than she ever bargained for and now she is on the run with a young woman who can’t remember who she is or how she got to the fields.
12) Kerr, Philip. The Winter Horses. Alfred A. Knopf. 978-0-385-75544-3. Kalinka’s entire family has been killed by the Nazis; she has barely survived the horrors and the dangers of 1941 as she wanders through the Ukraine trying to keep one step ahead of the Germans. On her way, she is befriended by two Przewalski’s horses, a rare and almost extinct breed of wild horse from Mongolia, who are also being hunted by the Nazis. Middle school girls who love horses will especially appreciate this story. Holocaust literature.
13) Longshore, Katherine. Manor of Secrets. Point Press. 9780545567589. Charlotte is bored with tea parties and banal talk about the weather. Janie is fine with her position downstairs in the kitchen. Their lives intersect when Charlotte challenges the boundaries between the upstairs and the downstairs.
14) Miranda, Megan. Vengeance. Bloomsburyteens. 978-0-8027-3503-4. Falcon Lake is not one to forgive and forget or give up its dead. In Fracture, Delaney was rescued from Falcon Lake; the Lake had reluctantly given her up but grabbed another. Now the Lake is searching for another. When Decker’s dad dies and Decker realizes that Delaney knew but did not tell him, he can’t seem to forgive her. Language.
15) Oppel, Kenneth. Boundless. Simon & Schuster Books. 9781442472884. Will and his father take the maiden voyage on the biggest train ever built, Boundless. As the train heads west across Canada Will witnesses a murder and to stop the next murder, his own, he hooks up with the circus troupe hooked to train.
16) Patterson, James. First Love. Little, Brown, and Co. 9780316239998. Axi is a good girl. She doesn’t skip class or cheat but she also knows she is running out of time with her best friend Robinson. Axi decides it is time to take the trip of a lifetime with Robinson and out they head on the next great adventure. Will it be her last and will Robinson ever find out she is in love with him?
17) Philbrick, Rodman. Zane and the Hurricane: a story of Katrina. Blue Sky Press. The very first time Zane visits his long lost Great Grandmother, Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans. He and his dog Bandy are stranded in Ward Nine when the wind and rain kick in. Short quick chapters. Middle school appropriate.
18) Prestsater, Julie. So I’m A Double Threat. Freshman Megan Miller and her three best buddies are super excited to start high school and experience everything it offers, especially when they make it into the IN crowd by being both smart and popular. Unfortunately, they hadn’t figured on the daily angst involved in high school life. Language and realistic situations. Reluctant readers. (First book in Double Threat Series) FREE DOWNLOAD FROM AMAZON.
19) Ross, Elizabeth. Belle Epoque. 2013. Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 9780385741460. Maude wants to escape her small village for a new life in Paris but once she arrives she finds that it is not as easy to make a living as she thought. To survive Maude answers an ad for a position at the Durandeau Agency and ends up chosen to be the “plain friend” to a young woman of society.
20) Scott, Victoria. Fire & Flood. Scholastic. 978-0-545-53746-9. Hoping to improve her brother’s failing health from a mysterious illness, Tella Holloway’s family moves from Boston to the middle of nowhere in Montana. But someone has found Tella in the middle of nowhere and sent her a mysterious blue box with an invitation to be a Contender in the three month Brimstone Bleed, a race through the four ecosystems of the desert, ocean, mountains, and jungle. Tella would give anything to see her brother healthy again and now she has that chance as the winner will receive a cure for any disease for any one single person. For fans of The Hunger Games. Released March 25, 2014.
21) Sheinkin, Steve. The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights. Roaring Brook Press. 9781596439832. During World War II, African American soldiers were allowed to be in the military, but they weren’t allowed to have jobs other than in the kitchen. They were not allowed in combat, though their bravery had been proven over and over again. After a disastrous explosion in Port Chicago (in California) killed more than 300 servicemen and when survivors were transferred to a new base, 244 servicemen refused to work unless unsafe and unfair conditions were addressed. The Navy called this mutiny. 194 backed down. 50 did not. Descendants are still trying to clear their ancestors’ names. Impeccably researched and sourced.
22) Smith, Lindsay. Sekret. Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan Children's. 9781596438927. It is the 1960s the Cold War is as cold as ever. Kennedy is in office. Khrushchev is head of the Soviet Union and the space race is on. One day Yulia comes back from trading at the market to find her mother and brother have vanished and the KGB wants to use her for her psychic skills. She along with a small group of teens with psychic ability are thrust into the world of espionage, betrayal and devastating power. First book in the Sekret trilogy.
23) Strasser, Todd. No Place. Simon & Schuster. 9781442457218. Dan seems to have it all. He is a star on the high school baseball team, has a popular girlfriend and some great friends. His life turns upside down when his family loses their house and end up homeless living in the town’s tent city, Dignityville. High school readers.
24) Tougias, Michael J. & Casey Sherman. The Finest Hours: The True Story of a Heroic Sea Rescue. Henry Holt & Co. 978-0-8050-9764-1. In 1952, two oil tankers collided off the coast of New England. In a tiny rowboat, four members of the Coast Guard set out to rescue anyone they can find in one of the worst storms of the century. They end up rescuing 30 people in a death-defying struggle. This middle school adaptation of the original nonfiction book will be made into a major motion picture by Disney Studios. Middle school readers.
25) Winters, Cat. In the Shadow of Blackbirds. 2013. Amulet Books. 9781419705304. Mary Shelley Black’s world is in chaos; her father has been arrested for treason, her childhood sweetheart is in Europe fighting in WWI, the Spanish Flu has already taken thousands of lives and now she is on her way to San Francisco to stay with her aunt. Mary’s life in San Francisco is filled with ghosts, séances and possible murder. The black and white photos included in the book are haunting.
26) Yocum, Robin. The Essay. Arcade Publishing. 978-1-61145-766-7. James Leland Hickam comes from a long line of social outcasts known for their exploits on the wrong side of the law. Because of that history, Jimmy Lee is so low in the social strata that he’s not considered “white trash.” He’s a dogger, a resident of Red Dog Road that leads to the county’s dump. Raised by parents who are appallingly nonchalant in their neglect, Jimmy Lee only has hopes of being the first of his family to possibly graduate from high school and finding a steady job in the mines of Vinton County. School is not important because it leads nowhere, just like his life and the lives of everyone around him. Students who liked The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie will be mesmerized by this tautly written, powerful, and insightful book. Language. Highly recommended. Robin Yocum is one of Ohio’s featured authors at this year’s OELMA conference.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Cassella, Jody. Thin Space. Simon Pulse/Beyond Words. 978-1582703923. Marshall Windsor is devastated over the loss of his twin brother in a car accident where Marsh was the driver. Marsh has been trapped in a foggy haze of grief and remorse since that fateful night. The tension builds as Marsh frantically searches for that sliver of space between the living and the dead to meet up with Austin once again and make things right. Identical twins often switch places so all Marsh has to do is convince Austin to switch places with him one more time. Buy multiple copies of this supernatural thriller!
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
OELMA PRESENTATION: YA TITLES FOR 2013 by Krista Taracuk & Ann Pechacek PRINTOUT FOR ATTENDEES:
1. Binns, Barbara A. Being God. AllTheColorsofLove Press. 9780988182110. Seventeen year old Malik is following in the footsteps of his grandfather, uncle, and older brother as the biggest and baddest bully in the local high school. Booze is his escape until he is faced with court-ordered community service for someone else’s crime and meets Barney who wants nothing to do with him. Forced to work together in mentoring a 10 year old whose older brother Lamont is a gang leader, Malik and Barney foster an uneasy truce in an attempt to save T’Shawn from Lamont’s gang life. Malik finally realizes that he can’t save the world, but he can make it a better place one day at a time. Reluctant readers.
2. Miranda, Megan. Hysteria. Walker & Company. 978-0-8027-2310-9. Mallory “knows” that she killed her boyfriend Brian, but cannot seem to get away from Brian’s presence at every turn. Readers will be drawn in by the spooky and mysterious events as Mallory tries to come to terms with a night that she cannot remember. Thriller.
3. Yancey, Rick. The 5th Wave. Putnam. 978-0-399-16241-1. The first wave is a massive electromagnetic pulse that wipes out all power, followed by three more waves of terror from the aliens. Then it gets really bad and Cassie is on her own. As Stephen Hawking said, “If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans.” The book has been optioned by Sony Pictures so expect a sequel. Language. Science Fiction.
4. Yovanoff, Brenna. Paper Valentine. Razorbill. 978-1-59514-599-4. Hannah has been struggling with trying to keep her head above water ever since her best friend Lillian died from anorexia—and is haunting her bedroom. With a serial killer on the loose in her small town, Hannah can’t seem to gain any balance in her life. To top it off, bad boy Finny Boone enters the picture. When the dead girls begin to appear to Hannah, she searches for their murderer. Paranormal/romance/thriller.
5. Levithan, David. Two Boys Kissing. Alfred A. Knopf. 978-0-307-93190-0. A chorus of men who died of AIDS observes and yearns to help a cross-section of today's gay teens who navigate new love, long-term relationships, coming out, self-acceptance, and more in a society that has changed in many ways. Beautifully written and so many thought provoking passages. GLTBQ.
6. Quick, Matthew. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock. Little Brown and Company. 978-0-316-22133-7. It’s Leonard’s birthday today and he is ready to make a change. He has his grandfather’s gun from WWII and has decided to shot a former friend and himself. Told in short quick chapters with footnotes, Leonard says goodbye to his friends and contemplates on how he got to this point. Matthew Quick is the author of Silver Linings Playbook. Language throughout the book. Realistic Fiction.
7. Sepetys, Ruta. Out of the Easy. Philomel. 978-0-399-25692-9. From the author of Between Shades of Grey comes a historical novel set in the 1950s New Orleans. Josie, daughter of a woman of ill repute, works for the madam cleaning rooms and lives on the second floor of a bookshop. Great look into the underbelly of New Orleans with a mystery tossed in to keep you guessing. Though it deals with prostitutes it is done tastefully and the reader roots for Josie to come out on top. Historical fiction.
8. Blagden, Scott. Dear Life, You Suck. 978-0-547-90431-3. As the oldest kid stuck in a group home in the middle of nowhere, Cricket Cherpin has an ugly past and no future with limited prospects ranging from fighting to drug dealing. Cricket is complex and funny and tough and in love with Wynona Bidaban who is dating the school bully. This is a heartbreaking story of a young man with no future—but with a much better life than he thought. Language.
9. Brian, Kate. Shadowlands. Hyperion. 978-1-4231-6483-8. Because she has been targeted by a serial killer, the FBI has relocated Rory Miller and her family. The vacation getaway of Juniper Landing seems like the perfect spot--until Rory realizes that the serial killer has followed her and is now targeting both her sister Darcy and her. Teens will love the twists, the turns, and the shocking ending. First book in a thrilling trilogy. Paranormal thriller.
10. Brown, Jennifer. Thousand Words. Little, Brown and Company. 978-0-316-20972-4. A picture is worth a 1000 words and a picture of a naked Ashleigh is worth her life’s reputation. After their breakup, college freshman Kaleb forwards a photo of a naked Ashleigh to his friends. The photo goes viral and Ashleigh’s life begins to circle the drain. The scandal involves the media, students, parents, the school board, the local police, and everyone in the community—but Mack.
26. Gratz, Alan. Prisoner N-3087. Scholastic Press. 978090545-45901-3. Based on the true story of Jack Gruener, a young Jewish boy who survived years of hell in ten different concentration camps across Europe. Yanek (who later becomes Jack Gruener) must find ways to survive both physically and emotionally the loss of his entire family, the brutality of the camps, and find little joys in everyday life. Historical Fiction. Reluctant readers.
27. Hathaway, Jill. Impostor. Balzar + Bray. 978-0-06-207798-1. Sylvia, known as Vee, has the ability to slide into other people’s bodies. Unfortunately, she soon finds herself in unknown situations and realizes that someone is sliding into HER body and is trying to exact revenge. This is a sequel to Slide. Readers will want to read Slide first. Paranormal/Fantasy/Thriller.
28. Leavitt, Lindsey. Going Vintage. 978-1-59990-787-1. Mallory decides to go retro and swears off boys and modern technology when she finds her boyfriend cheating on her with an online girlfriend. She decides to revert back to the simplicity of the 1960s and follow a list of goals her grandmother had made in 1962. As Mallory fights both the pros and cons of the past and her present, she realizes that every family has depth that no one can see and that love and heartache are present for every generation.
29. Joseph, Lynn. Flowers in the Sky. HarperTeen. 978-0-06-029794-7. Shipped off from the only home that she has ever known in the Dominican Republic to the “perfect” world of New York City, Nina Perez must overcome the emotional and physical obstacles set up by her family and her surroundings. Nina is trying to find her way in this foreign environment as well as navigate her family’s high expectations. Multicultural literature.
30. Shan, Darren. Zom-B. (Zom-B Series Bk.1 ) Little Brown & Company. 978-0-316-21440-7. B doesn’t believe in the rumors that something strange has taken over neighboring towns. B is just trying to survive her own life let along the horror show that is being reported on the news. When the zombie attack happens at her own school B has to make some tough choices. Horror fiction.
31. Skovron, Jon. Man Made Boy. Viking Penguin. 978-0-670-78620-6. Tired of being sheltered from humans, seventeen-year-old Boy, son of Frankenstein's monster and the Bride of Frankenstein, runs away from home and embarks on a wild road trip that takes him across the country and deep into the heart of America.
32. Smith, Andrew. Winger. Simon & Schuster BFYR. 978-1-442-44492-8. Ryan Dean is a 14 year old who's a junior at a private boarding school. While this makes him an excellent winger for his school's rugby team (hence his nickname and the title of the book) it does not make him popular with the ladies, especially his BFF and super crush, Annie. When Ryan Dean's antics land him in O-Hall, the dorm for troublemakers, he decides to toughen up and take some risks, ensuing in a hilarious, coming-of-age story. Realistic Fiction
33. Wendig, Chuck. Under the Empyrean Sky. Skyscape. 978-1-477-81720-9. Angry with the oppressive dictates of the Empyrean government, Heartlander and Captain of the Big Sky Scavengers Cael McAvoy discovers a secret, illegal garden and Cael, together with his crew, decides to make his own luck ... a choice that will bring down the wrath of the Empyrean elite and change life in the Heartland forever. First book in The Heartland Trilogy. Science Fiction
34. Zadoff, Allen. Boy Nobody. Little, Brown and Company. 978-0-316-19968-1. Sixteen-year-old Boy Nobody, an assassin controlled by a shadowy government organization, The Program, considers sabotaging his latest mission because his target reminds him of the normal life he craves. Suspense Fiction.
35. Kade, Stacey. Project Paper Doll: The Rules. Hyperion. 978-142315328-3. Technically, Ariane is a dead girl. She escaped from the GTX Labs where she was a ground-breaking science experiment. Ariane has a dead girl’s identity and a dead girl’s family but the only way to really survive is to remain anonymous, which works reasonably well until she makes the mistake of crossing paths with Mean Girl Rachel. Science fiction/romance. Fans will demand the sequel.
36. Kline, Christina Baker. Orphan Train. William Morrow. 0-978-06-195072-8. An orphaned Irish girl is sent on an orphan train from New York to Minnesota where she will hopefully be found a home. Hunger, cold, lies, disease, the Depression, human predators, and worst of all, loneliness, all take their toll on Vivian’s soul, but somehow the brave and resilient Vivian learns to survive. She is able to share her story with a modern day orphan, Penobscot Indian Molly, meets the 91 year old Vivian through a court-ordered community service project. Told in alternating chapters, this is a powerful story of the thousands of orphan children who were sent West for over 75 years. Historical fiction.
37. Lawson, Shandy. The Loop. Hyperion. 978-142316089-2. Sixteen year old Ben and Maggie are not aging because they are trapped inside the loop and continue to live the same two days over and over---only to be gunned down over and over. Each time they circle through the loop, they learn something new and try to break free. Science Fiction.
38. Murdoch, Emily. If You Find Me. St. Martin’s Griffin. 978-1-250-0215206. Carey Blackburn has spent the last six years of her life taking care of her younger sister, Jennessa, because their mother is a meth addict hiding them in a national forest. When a social worker and her biological father find them, Carey realizes that everything she believed is wrong but worst of all, she must hide a catastrophic secret. Readers who liked The Glass Castle will be fascinatingly horrified at the physical, emotional and sexual abuse suffered by the children but will be mesmerized by the strength and resilience shown by the children.
39. Schroeder, Lisa. Falling For You. Simon Pulse. 978-1-4424-6121-5. Rae writes poetry to escape her home life and carefully guards her heart with friends and colleagues but she quickly falls for new student Nathan who is handsome, charming, and nothing like her abusive stepfather. He may seem different, but he’s not good for Rae. She soon finds that nowhere is safe; home, school, work, or even time with friends isn’t safe as Nathan’s love turns into obsession. Rae starts an anonymous poetry revolution through the school newspaper in an attempt to fight her way through the darkness.
40. BOOKS TO WATCH: Elkeles, Simone. Wild Cards. Bloomsbury. 978-0-802-73437-2. Brand new title from the always popular author Elkeles, author of Perfect Chemistry series. Romance, football, betrayal what more can a teen reader want?
41. King, A.S. Reality Boy. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. 978-0-316-22270-9. In this fearless portrayal of a boy on the edge, highly acclaimed Printz Honor author A.S. King explores the desperate reality of a former child "star" struggling to break free of his anger. Publication date October 22, 2013.
42. Lyons, C.J. Broken. Sourcebooks Fire. 978-1-402-28545-5. The only thing fifteen-year-old Scarlet Killian has ever wanted is a chance at a normal life. Diagnosed with a rare and untreatable heart condition, she has never taken the school bus. Or giggled with friends during lunch. Or spied on a crush out of the corner of her eye. So when her parents offer her three days to prove she can survive high school, Scarlet knows her time is now... or never. Scarlet can feel her heart beating out of control with every slammed locker and every sideways glance in the hallway. But this high school is far from normal. And finding out the truth might just kill Scarlet before her heart does. Publication date November 5, 2013.
43. Ness, Patrick. More Than This. Candlewick. 978-0-763-66258-5. Seth dies and then wakes up in what he believes to be hell, but it is more, so much more. Patrick Ness is the author of Chaos Walking trilogy and A Monster Calls.
44. Rowell, Rainbow. Fangirl. St. Martin's Griffin. 978-1-250-03095-5. Online, Cath is famous. In real life, at her first year in college she is a nobody. Can she navigate being just Cath without her fan fiction to hide behind?
45. Wein, Elizabeth. Rose Under Fire. Disney-Hyperion. 978-1-423-18309-9. Companion novel to the award winning Code Name Verity (2013 Printz Honor).
46. Skilton, Sarah. Bruised. Amulet Books. 978-1-4197-0387-4. Sixteen-year-old Imogen witnesses a robbery gone wrong. Because she’s a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, she feels guilty that she should have done something—anything----to have stopped the robbery because she thought that her black belt meant that she was stronger and more courageous than anyone around. Unfortunately, her entire world is shattered by what she learns about herself and she must rebuild her life. Language.
47. Strohm, Stephanie Kate. Confederates Don’t Wear Couture. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 978-0-547-97258-9. Libby Kelting’s plans for the summer are turned upside down when her best friend, Dev, decides that they should leave their home in Minnesota and model period costumes at Civil War reenactments in Alabama. Libby, who loves history, finds romance, ghosts, and lots of history in this light-hearted romp. LGBT. Reluctant readers.
48. Walls, Jeannette. The Silver Star. Scribner. 978-1-4516-6150-7. Fifteen year old Liz and her twelve year old sister Bean have moved around the country whenever their mother needed a fresh start. In 1970 when their dreamer mother takes off for the big stage and leaves them alone for two months, they end up with living with their Uncle Tinsley. In the small town of Byler, Virginia, Liz and Bean learn about integration, adversity, adult bullies, and family. Another psychological adventure from Jeannette Walls.
49. Winters, Cat. In the Shadow of Blackbirds. Amulet Books. 978-1-4197-0530-4. It’s 1918 with the Spanish Flu is raging across America and panic running rampant. With her mother dead and her father imprisoned, sixteen year old Mary Shelley Black goes to live with her Aunt Eva. She is missing her childhood friend and unrequited love Stephen Embers who is fighting the Germans somewhere in Europe. Mary has never believed in ghosts until Stephen begins showing up in her nightmares. Historical fiction/romance.
50. West, Kasie. Pivot Point. HarperTeen. 978-0-06-211737-3. Addison Coleman has the paranormal ability to see potential futures so when her parents decide to divorce, she must choose between her alternate futures of living with one parent or the other. Chapters alternate between her choices. As a Searcher living in a compound with other gifted individuals, Addison is not sure that she can live outside in the normal world. Paranormal/science fiction.