Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Name: Amanda

Grade: 10

Title: Children of Blood and Bone

Author: Tomi Adeyemi

Published: 2018

Pages: 525

Stars: 5

Review: Children of Blood and Bone, the first book of the series, is about a young Maji named Zelie Adebola who is trying to bring magic back. At a young age, she experiences the Raid, which resulted in the tragic death of her mother and the mass genocide of the Maji. Now, she has a chance to bring magic back and rise against the ruthless and barbaric monarchy.

While reading this novel, I was hooked and I found it hard to take my eyes off the page. The author uses interesting diction, figurative language, and imagery to paint a picture, and I was able to empathize with the characters. I could feel the characters’ pain and my heart shattered as I read. Each of the characters is unique in a different way, but my favorite character is the main protagonist, Zellie. Zellie is such a strong individual and she is made to fight. Although she is hesitant and short-tempered sometimes, she can risk her life to save the people she loves. After finishing the novel, I felt empowered and I was inspired to create a positive change. Most of the events that take place in the book are very similar to events in real life, like discrimination against Black people in the U.S. and the victims of police brutality.

If you are a teen and you like reading fantasy novels, I would recommend Children of Blood and Bone. Reading this novel will give you a new perspective on the world, and it will help you have empathy for those who are facing oppression and discrimination. This book reminded me of the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, so if you like reading about magic, you should consider reading Children of Blood and Bone

New Books

New books are hitting our library shelves every week! Here’s just a few of the new teen materials that you can find at the Alameda Free Library! Place a hold on these items using the library catalog to make sure you’re one of the first to read these books!

For fans of Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Prom Kings by Tony Correia | YA Fiction, call number: YA FIC CORREIA

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“When the queer prom committee asks Charlie to join them, Charlie figures it’ll be a good way to get closer to cute new guy Andre. The only problem is that Charlie has competition for Andre’s attention in rich, good-looking Chad. Charlie and his pal Luis come up with a plan to get Andre’s attention: to woo Andre as a secret admirer and then reveal Charlie’s true identity with a spectacular promposal that Andre can’t refuse. But, Charlie begins to realize how much fun he’s been having with Luis and thinks maybe he’s been going after the wrong guy. How will Charlie decide which guy to go to prom with? Discover the answer in this light-hearted, high/low YA romance.” -Goodreads synopsis

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman | YA graphic novel, call number: YA GN HEARTSTOPPER

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“Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…?

Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore. Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him.
They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…” -Goodreads synopsis

For fans of Sadie by Courtney Summers

Grown by Tiffany Jackson| YA Fiction, YA FIC Jackson

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“Korey Fields is dead.

When Enchanted Jones wakes with blood on her hands and zero memory of the previous night, no one—the police and Korey’s fans included—has more questions than she does. All she really knows is that this isn’t how things are supposed to be. Korey was Enchanted’s ticket to stardom.

Before there was a dead body, Enchanted was an aspiring singer, struggling with her tight knit family’s recent move to the suburbs while trying to find her place as the lone Black girl in high school. But then legendary R&B artist Korey Fields spots her at an audition. And suddenly her dream of being a professional singer takes flight.

Enchanted is dazzled by Korey’s luxurious life but soon her dream turns into a nightmare. Behind Korey’s charm and star power hides a dark side, one that wants to control her every move, with rage and consequences. Except now he’s dead and the police are at the door. Who killed Korey Fields?

All signs point to Enchanted.” -Goodreads synopsis

For fans of The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Splinters of Scarlet by Emily Bain Murphy | YA Fiction, call number: YA FIC MURPHY

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“For Marit Olsen, magic is all about strategy: it flows freely through her blood, but every use leaves behind a deadly, ice-like build-up within her veins called the Firn. Marit knows how dangerous it is to let too much Firn build up—after all, it killed her sister—and she has vowed never to use her thread magic. But when Eve, a fellow orphan whom Marit views like a little sister, is adopted by the wealthy Helene Vestergaard, Marit will do anything to stay by Eve’s side. She decides to risk the Firn and uses magic to secure a job as a seamstress in the Vestergaard household.

But Marit has a second, hidden agenda: her father died while working in the Vestergaards’ jewel mines—and it might not have been an accident. The closer Marit gets to the truth about the Vestergaard family, the more she realizes she and everyone she’s come to love are in danger. When she finds herself in the middle of a treacherous deception that goes all the way up to the king of Denmark, magic may be the only thing that can save her—if it doesn’t kill her first.” -Goodreads synopsis

For fans of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

All These Monsters by Amy Tintera | YA fiction, call number: YA FIC TINTERA

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“Seventeen-year-old Clara is ready to fight back. Fight back against her abusive father, fight back against the only life she’s ever known, and most of all, fight back against scrabs, the earth-dwelling monsters that are currently ravaging the world. So when an opportunity arises for Clara to join an international monster-fighting squad, she jumps at the chance.

When Clara starts training with her teammates, however, she realizes what fighting monsters really means: sore muscles, exhaustion, and worst of all, death. Scrabs are unpredictable, violent, and terrifying. But as Clara gains confidence in her battle skills, she starts to realize scrabs might not be the biggest evil. The true monsters are the ones you least expect.” -Goodreads synopsis

Cut Off by Adrianne Finlay | YA fiction, call number: YA FIC FINLAY

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“Each contestant has their own reasons—and their own secrets—for joining the new virtual reality show CUT/OFF that places a group of teenagers alone in the wilderness. It’s a simple premise: whoever lasts the longest without “tapping out” wins a cash prize. Not only that, new software creates a totally unprecedented television experience, allowing viewers to touch, see, and live everything along with the contestants. But what happens when “tapping out” doesn’t work and no one comes to save you? What happens when the whole world seemingly disappears while you’re stranded in the wild? Four teenagers must confront their greatest fears, their deepest secrets, and one another when they discover they are truly cut off from reality.” -Goodreads synopsis

For history buffs

We Are Not Free by Traci Chee | YA Fiction, call number: YA FIC CHEE

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“Fourteen teens who have grown up together in Japantown, San Francisco.
 
Fourteen teens who form a community and a family, as interconnected as they are conflicted.
 
Fourteen teens whose lives are turned upside down when over 100,000 people of Japanese ancestry are removed from their homes and forced into desolate incarceration camps.
 
In a world that seems determined to hate them, these young Nisei must rally together as racism and injustice threaten to pull them apart. “- Goodreads synopsis

Displacement by Kiku Hughes | YA Graphic novel, call number: YA GN DISPLACEMENT

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“Kiku is on vacation in San Francisco when suddenly she finds herself displaced to the 1940s Japanese-American internment camp that her late grandmother, Ernestina, was forcibly relocated to during World War II.

These displacements keep occurring until Kiku finds herself “”stuck”” back in time. Living alongside her young grandmother and other Japanese-American citizens in internment camps, Kiku gets the education she never received in history class. She witnesses the lives of Japanese-Americans who were denied their civil liberties and suffered greatly, but managed to cultivate community and commit acts of resistance in order to survive.

Kiku Hughes weaves a riveting, bittersweet tale that highlights the intergenerational impact and power of memory.” -Goodreads synopsis

Music From Another World by Robin Talley | YA fiction, call number: YA FIC TALLEY

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“It’s summer 1977 and closeted lesbian Tammy Larson can’t be herself anywhere. Not at her strict Christian high school, not at her conservative Orange County church and certainly not at home, where her ultrareligious aunt relentlessly organizes antigay political campaigns. Tammy’s only outlet is writing secret letters in her diary to gay civil rights activist Harvey Milk…until she’s matched with a real-life pen pal who changes everything.

Sharon Hawkins bonds with Tammy over punk music and carefully shared secrets, and soon their letters become the one place she can be honest. The rest of her life in San Francisco is full of lies. The kind she tells for others—like helping her gay brother hide the truth from their mom—and the kind she tells herself. But as antigay fervor in America reaches a frightening new pitch, Sharon and Tammy must rely on their long-distance friendship to discover their deeply personal truths, what they’ll stand for…and who they’ll rise against.

A master of award-winning queer historical fiction, New York Times bestselling author Robin Talley once again brings to life with heart and vivid detail an emotionally captivating story about the lives of two teen girls living in an age when just being yourself was an incredible act of bravery.” -Goodreads synopsis

For horror fans

Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare | YA Fiction, call number: YA FIC CESARE

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“Quinn Maybrook just wants to make it until graduation. She might not make it to morning.

Quinn and her father moved to tiny, boring Kettle Springs to find a fresh start. But ever since the Baypen Corn Syrup Factory shut down, Kettle Springs has cracked in half. On one side are the adults, who are desperate to make Kettle Springs great again, and on the other are the kids, who want to have fun, make prank videos, and get out of Kettle Springs as quick as they can.

Kettle Springs is caught in a battle between old and new, tradition and progress. It’s a fight that looks like it will destroy the town. Until Frendo, the Baypen mascot, a creepy clown in a pork-pie hat, goes homicidal and decides that the only way for Kettle Springs to grow back is to cull the rotten crop of kids who live there now.” -Goodreads synopsis

Learn something new

Girls Garage: How to Use Any Tool, Tackle Any Project, and Build the World You Want to See | YA Non fiction, call number YA NF 621.9 PILLOTON

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“Girls Garage is the only book you’ll ever need for a lifetime of tools and building. Not sure which screws to buy? Need to fix a running toilet? With Girls Garage, you’ll have the expertise to tackle these problems with your own hands. Or maybe you want to get creative and build something totally new. A birdhouse? A bookshelf? Girls Garage has you covered. Packed with illustrations that will build confidence for your next hardware store run, practical advice on everything from quick fixes to safety tips, and inspiring stories from real-world builder girls and women, this eye-catching volume makes the technical accessible. Girls, get your gear on, and get building!” -Goodreads synopsis

Heartstopper Webcomic Review

Heartstopper: Volume One by Alice Oseman — KickstarterName: Tuesday

Grade: 10

Title: Heartstopper

Author: Alice Oseman

Published: 2019, find it on webtoons here

Call number: YA GN Heartstopper (the first volume is now available in print)

Stars: 5

Review:

I have a very hard time deciding, but if I had to choose a favorite comic, it would have to be Heartstopper. This story of the relationship between socially awkward Charlie, and popular jock Nick seems like an average cliche, but Heartstopper is anything but. This comic tackles serious issues with a delicate hand, and treats it’s characters with care. The characters never feel like vessels for drama, and their layered personalities genuinely make them feel like real people. LGBTQ characters in this comic don’t feel like stereotypes, or a definitive voice of LGBTQ people. Alice Oseman also writes wonderful novels based in the same world as Heartstopper. One other great thing about Heartstopper is that it updates a lot. Mad props to the author for being able to put out updates so often. That’s really hard work. Overall, this is one of the best comics I’ve ever read, and I hope you give it a try.

New Books

New books are hitting our library shelves every week! Here’s just a few of the new teen materials that you can find at the Alameda Free Library! Place a hold on these items using the library catalog to make sure you’re one of the first to read these books!

For fans of Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli…

I Kissed Alice by Anna Birch | YA Fiction, call number: YA FIC BIRCH

43300915. sy475 “Rhodes and Iliana couldn’t be more different, but that’s not why they hate each other.

Hyper-gifted artist Rhodes has always excelled at Alabama’s Conservatory of the Arts despite a secret bout of creator’s block, while transfer student Iliana tries to outshine everyone with her intense, competitive work ethic. Since only one of them can get the coveted Capstone scholarship, the competition between them is fierce.

They both escape the pressure on a fanfic site where they are unknowingly collaborating on a graphic novel. And despite being worst enemies in real life, their anonymous online identities I-Kissed-Alice and Curious-in-Cheshire are starting to like each other…a lot. When the truth comes out, will they destroy each other’s future?”- Goodreads synopsis

For fans of Sadie by Courtney Summers

Girl, Unframed by Deb Caletti | YA Fiction, YA FIC CALETTI

43663311“Sydney Reilly has a bad feeling about going home to San Francisco before she even gets on the plane. How could she not? Her mother is Lila Shore—the Lila Shore—a film star who prizes her beauty and male attention above all else…certainly above her daughter.

But Sydney’s worries multiply when she discovers that Lila is involved with the dangerous Jake, an art dealer with shady connections. Jake loves all beautiful objects, and Syndey can feel his eyes on her whenever he’s around. And he’s not the only one. Sydney is starting to attract attention—good and bad—wherever she goes: from sweet, handsome Nicco Ricci, from the unsettling construction worker next door, and even from Lila. Behaviors that once seemed like misunderstandings begin to feel like threats as the summer grows longer and hotter.

It’s unnerving, how beauty is complicated, and objects have histories, and you can be looked at without ever being seen. But real danger, crimes of passion, the kind of stuff where someone gets killed—it only mostly happens in the movies, Sydney is sure. Until the night something life-changing happens on the stairs that lead to the beach. A thrilling night that goes suddenly very wrong. When loyalties are called into question. And when Sydney learns a terrible truth: beautiful objects can break.” -Goodreads synopsis

I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick | YA Fiction, YA FIC FRICK

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“What happened to Zoe won’t stay buried…

When Anna Cicconi arrives to the small Hamptons village of Herron Mills for a summer nanny gig, she has high hopes for a fresh start. What she finds instead is a community on edge after the disappearance of Zoe Spanos, a local girl who has been missing since New Year’s Eve. Anna bears an eerie resemblance to Zoe, and her mere presence in town stirs up still-raw feelings about the unsolved case. As Anna delves deeper into the mystery, stepping further and further into Zoe’s life, she becomes increasingly convinced that she and Zoe are connected–and that she knows what happened to her.

Two months later, Zoe’s body is found in a nearby lake, and Anna is charged with manslaughter. But Anna’s confession is riddled with holes, and Martina Green, teen host of the Missing Zoe podcast, isn’t satisfied. Did Anna really kill Zoe? And if not, can Martina’s podcast uncover the truth?” -Goodreads synopsis

For fans of The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Ever Cursed by Corey Ann Haydu | YA Fiction, call number: YA FIC HAYDU

52767394“The Princesses of Ever are beloved by the kingdom and their father, the King. They are cherished, admired.

Cursed.

Jane, Alice, Nora, Grace, and Eden carry the burden of being punished for a crime they did not commit, or even know about. They are each cursed to be Without one essential thing—the ability to eat, sleep, love, remember, or hope. And their mother, the Queen, is imprisoned, frozen in time in an unbreakable glass box.

But when Eden’s curse sets in on her thirteenth birthday, the princesses are given the opportunity to break the curse, preventing it from becoming a True Spell and dooming the princesses for life. To do this, they must confront the one who cast the spell—Reagan, a young witch who might not be the villain they thought—as well as the wickedness plaguing their own kingdom…and family.

Told through the eyes of Reagan and Jane—the witch and the bewitched—this insightful twist of a fairy tale explores power in a patriarchal kingdom not unlike our own.” -Goodreads synopsis

The Princess Will Save You by Sarah Henning | YA Fiction, call number: YA FIC HENNING

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“When a princess’s commoner true love is kidnapped to coerce her into a political marriage, she doesn’t give in—she goes to rescue him.

When her warrior father, King Sendoa, mysteriously dies, Princess Amarande of Ardenia is given what would hardly be considered a choice: Marry a stranger at sixteen or lose control of her family’s crown.

But Amarande was raised to be a warrior—not a sacrifice.

In an attempt to force her choice, a neighboring kingdom kidnaps her true love, stable boy Luca. With her kingdom on the brink of civil war and no one to trust, she’ll need all her skill to save him, her future, and her kingdom.” -Goodreads synopsis

If you like Marvel and DC…

The Extraordinaries by T.J. Klune| YA Fiction, call number: YA FIC KLUNE

52380340. sx318 sy475  “Nick Bell? Not extraordinary. But being the most popular fanfiction writer in the Extraordinaries fandom is a superpower, right?

After a chance encounter with Shadow Star, Nova City’s mightiest hero (and Nick’s biggest crush), Nick sets out to make himself extraordinary. And he’ll do it with or without the reluctant help of Seth Gray, Nick’s best friend (and maybe the love of his life).” -Goodreads synopsis

For fans of BTS and K-Pop

I’ll be the One by Lyla Lee | YA Fiction, YA FIC LEE

53098416Skye Shin has heard it all. Fat girls shouldn’t dance. Wear bright colors. Shouldn’t call attention to themselves. But Skye dreams of joining the glittering world of K-Pop, and to do that, she’s about to break all the rules that society, the media, and even her own mother, have set for girls like her.

She’ll challenge thousands of other performers in an internationally televised competition looking for the next K-pop star, and she’ll do it better than anyone else.

When Skye nails her audition, she’s immediately swept into a whirlwind of countless practices, shocking performances, and the drama that comes with reality TV. What she doesn’t count on are the highly fat-phobic beauty standards of the Korean pop entertainment industry, her sudden media fame and scrutiny, or the sparks that soon fly with her fellow competitor, Henry Cho.

But Skye has her sights on becoming the world’s first plus-sized K-pop star, and that means winning the competition—without losing herself. ” -Goodreads synopsis

Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzalez | YA Fiction,  call number: YA FIC GONZALEZ

45046743“Summer love…gone so fast.

Will Tavares is the dream summer fling―he’s fun, affectionate, kind―but just when Ollie thinks he’s found his Happily Ever After, summer vacation ends and Will stops texting Ollie back. Now Ollie is one prince short of his fairy tale ending, and to complicate the fairy tale further, a family emergency sees Ollie uprooted and enrolled at a new school across the country. Which he minds a little less when he realizes it’s the same school Will goes to…except Ollie finds that the sweet, comfortably queer guy he knew from summer isn’t the same one attending Collinswood High. This Will is a class clown, closeted―and, to be honest, a bit of a jerk.

Ollie has no intention of pining after a guy who clearly isn’t ready for a relationship, especially since this new, bro-y jock version of Will seems to go from hot to cold every other week. But then Will starts “coincidentally” popping up in every area of Ollie’s life, from music class to the lunch table, and Ollie finds his resolve weakening.

The last time he gave Will his heart, Will handed it back to him trampled and battered. Ollie would have to be an idiot to trust him with it again.” -Goodreads synopsis

For fans of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

This is My America by Kim Johnson | Fiction, call number: YA FIC JOHNSON

52855111. sx318 sy475 “Every week, seventeen-year-old Tracy Beaumont writes letters to Innocence X, asking the organization to help her father, an innocent Black man on death row. After seven years, Tracy is running out of time—her dad has only 267 days left. Then the unthinkable happens. The police arrive in the night, and Tracy’s older brother, Jamal, goes from being a bright, promising track star to a “thug” on the run, accused of killing a white girl. Determined to save her brother, Tracy investigates what really happened between Jamal and Angela down at the Pike. But will Tracy and her family survive the uncovering of the skeletons of their Texas town’s racist history that still haunt the present?” -Goodreads synopsis

The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed | Fiction, call number: YA FIC HAMMONDS REED

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Ashley Bennett and her friends are living the charmed life. It’s the end of senior year and they’re spending more time at the beach than in the classroom. They can already feel the sunny days and endless possibilities of summer.

Everything changes one afternoon in April, when four LAPD officers are acquitted after beating a black man named Rodney King half to death. Suddenly, Ashley’s not just one of the girls. She’s one of the black kids.

As violent protests engulf LA and the city burns, Ashley tries to continue on as if life were normal. Even as her self-destructive sister gets dangerously involved in the riots. Even as the model black family façade her wealthy and prominent parents have built starts to crumble. Even as her best friends help spread a rumor that could completely derail the future of her classmate and fellow black kid, LaShawn Johnson.

With her world splintering around her, Ashley, along with the rest of LA, is left to question who is the us? And who is the them?” -Goodreads synopsis

Spirit Fingers Webcomic Review

WEBTOON on Twitter: "NEW LAUNCH 🎨 SPIRIT FINGERS Introducing the Spirit  Fingers — the strangest, hippest, coolest (yet most welcoming) art club  ever.… https://t.co/XGza3LoMrl"Name: Tuesday

Grade: 9

Title: Spirit Fingers

Author: Han Kyoung Chai

Published: 2019, find it on webtoons here

Stars: 5

Review:

Spirit Fingers follows Amy Song, an awkward teenage girl and her experiences joining the art club, Spirit Fingers. As an artist, I eagerly await every episode of this comic. The art is so well done and the emotions of the characters are so realistic. I love coming of age stories, so this comic, which shows a girl finding herself through art and friendship is perfect. The members of the Spirit Fingers club are all so quirky as well. They each have their own personality whether it be the energetic mint finger, charming blue finger, goofy pink finger, insane red finger, or the edgy black finger.
The storyline is cute and easy to follow, and each episode is the perfect length. The art is also wonderful. The style is a really cute mix of soft colors and flowing linework. All the colors perfectly match the scenes, and the shading is really nice. The character designs are also so nice. My favorite is probably pink finger, with her cute vintage dresses, pointed red glasses, and auburn bun. Each of the cafe rooms are also so cute. If you want a comic with an interesting storyline about a teenager finding herself through art, paired with a beautiful artstyle, please give spirit fingers a try.

New Books in July 2020

New books are hitting our library shelves every week! Here’s just a few of the new teen materials that you can find at the Alameda Free Library in July. Place a hold on these items using the library catalog to make sure you’re one of the first to read these books!

For fans of Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson…

Sparrow by Mary Cecelia Jackson | YA Fiction, call number: YA FIC JACKSON

33004248. sy475 “There are two kinds of people on the planet. Hunters and prey
I thought I would be safe after my mother died. I thought I could stop searching for new places to hide. But you can’t escape what you are, what you’ve always been.
My name is Savannah Darcy Rose.
And I am still prey.

Though Savannah Rose―Sparrow to her friends and family―is a gifted ballerina, her real talent is keeping secrets. Schooled in silence by her long-dead mother, Sparrow has always believed that her lifelong creed―“I’m not the kind of girl who tells”―will make her just like everyone else: Normal. Happy. Safe. But in the aftermath of a brutal assault by her seemingly perfect boyfriend Tristan, Sparrow must finally find the courage to confront the ghosts of her past, or lose herself forever….“- Goodreads synopsis

Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown | YA Fiction, YA FIC BROWN

38599259. sy475 “Echo Brown is a wizard from the East Side, where apartments are small and parents suffer addictions to the white rocks. Yet there is magic . . . everywhere. New portals begin to open when Echo transfers to the rich school on the West Side, and an insightful teacher becomes a pivotal mentor. Each day, Echo travels between two worlds, leaving her brothers, her friends, and a piece of herself behind on the East Side. There are dangers to leaving behind the place that made you. Echo soon realizes there is pain flowing through everyone around her, and a black veil of depression threatens to undo everything she’s worked for.

Heavily autobiographical and infused with magical realism, Black Girl Unlimited fearlessly explores the intersections of poverty, sexual violence, depression, racism, and sexism—all through the arc of a transcendent coming-of-age.” -Goodreads synopsis

For fans of One of Us Is Lying…

All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban | YA Fiction, call number: YA FIC URBAN

41443369“What do the queen bee, star athlete, valedictorian, stoner, loner, and music geek all have in common? They were all invited to a scholarship dinner, only to discover it’s a trap. Someone has locked them into a room with a bomb, a syringe filled with poison, and a note saying they have an hour to pick someone to kill … or else everyone dies.

Amber Prescott is determined to get her classmates and herself out of the room alive, but that might be easier said than done. No one knows how they’re all connected or who would want them dead. As they retrace the events over the past year that might have triggered their captor’s ultimatum, it becomes clear that everyone is hiding something. And with the clock ticking down, confusion turns into fear, and fear morphs into panic as they race to answer the biggest question: Who will they choose to die?” -Goodreads synopsis

If you like suspenseful reads…

Frozen Beauty by Lexa Hillyer| YA Fiction, call number: YA FIC HILLYER

43720997 “Everyone in Devil’s Lake knows the three golden Malloy sisters—but one of them is keeping a secret that will turn their little world inside out….

No one knows exactly what happened to Kit in the woods that night—all they have are a constellation of facts: icy blue lips and fingers cold to the touch, a lacy bra, an abandoned pick-up truck with keys still in the ignition. Still, Tessa, even in her fog of grief, is certain that her sister’s killer wasn’t Boyd, the boy next door whom they’ve all loved in their own way. There are too many details that don’t add up, too many secrets still tucked away.

But no matter how fiercely she searches for answers, at the core of that complicated night is a truth that’s heartbreakingly simple.

Told in lush, haunting prose, Frozen Beauty is a story of the intoxicating power of first love, the deep bonds of sisterhood, and a shocking death that will forever change the living.” -Goodreads synopsis

For fans of retellings…

Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon | YA Fiction, YA FIC MENON

43985469. sy475 “Will the princess save the beast?

For Princess Jaya Rao, nothing is more important than family. When the loathsome Emerson clan steps up their centuries-old feud to target Jaya’s little sister, nothing will keep Jaya from exacting her revenge. Then Jaya finds out she’ll be attending the same elite boarding school as Grey Emerson, and it feels like the opportunity of a lifetime. She knows what she must do: Make Grey fall in love with her and break his heart. But much to Jaya’s annoyance, Grey’s brooding demeanor and lupine blue eyes have drawn her in. There’s simply no way she and her sworn enemy could find their fairy-tale ending…right?

His Lordship Grey Emerson is a misanthrope. Thanks to an ancient curse by a Rao matriarch, Grey knows he’s doomed once he turns eighteen. Sequestered away in the mountains at St. Rosetta’s International Academy, he’s lived an isolated existence—until Jaya Rao bursts into his life, but he can’t shake the feeling that she’s hiding something. Something that might just have to do with the rose-shaped ruby pendant around her neck…

As the stars conspire to keep them apart, Jaya and Grey grapple with questions of love, loyalty, and whether it’s possible to write your own happy ending.” -Goodreads synopsis

Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzalez | YA Fiction,  call number: YA FIC GONZALEZ

45046743“Summer love…gone so fast.

Will Tavares is the dream summer fling―he’s fun, affectionate, kind―but just when Ollie thinks he’s found his Happily Ever After, summer vacation ends and Will stops texting Ollie back. Now Ollie is one prince short of his fairy tale ending, and to complicate the fairy tale further, a family emergency sees Ollie uprooted and enrolled at a new school across the country. Which he minds a little less when he realizes it’s the same school Will goes to…except Ollie finds that the sweet, comfortably queer guy he knew from summer isn’t the same one attending Collinswood High. This Will is a class clown, closeted―and, to be honest, a bit of a jerk.

Ollie has no intention of pining after a guy who clearly isn’t ready for a relationship, especially since this new, bro-y jock version of Will seems to go from hot to cold every other week. But then Will starts “coincidentally” popping up in every area of Ollie’s life, from music class to the lunch table, and Ollie finds his resolve weakening.

The last time he gave Will his heart, Will handed it back to him trampled and battered. Ollie would have to be an idiot to trust him with it again.” -Goodreads synopsis

For Hamilton fans….

Theodosia Burr: Teen Eyewitness to the Founding of the New Nation by Karen Quinones | Non-fiction, call number: YA NF 973.4609 QUINONES

Book Jacket“Theodosia Burr, daughter of Vice President Aaron Burr, came of age in New York City when the New Nation was growing up. She attended the inauguration of President George Washington in 1789, was at her father’s side on the campaign trail and at his inauguration in 1801, attended presidential addresses to Congress, and hosted the most prominent politicians and thinkers of her time.

The Burrs’ ideas about educating young women were revolutionary. Theodosia was an experiment in the equal treatment of women–regardless of social status–in education, family life, society, and the law. The family believed that women had an important role to play in the New Nation, and Theodosia was fully prepared.

Based on research at libraries and archives, and from the rich body of letters Theodosia and her family left behind, this historical narrative introduces readers to a most unusual girl who pursued a radical new path for women.” -Goodreads synopsis

For your next movie marathon…

The Sun is Also a Star| DVD, rated PG-13 call number: DVD SUN

The Sun Is Also a Star - Wikipedia

“College-bound romantic Daniel Bae and Jamaica-born pragmatist Natasha Kingsley meet, and fall for each other, over one magical day amidst the fervor and flurry of New York City. Sparks immediately fly between these two strangers, who might never have met had fate not given them a little push. But will fate be enough to take these teens from star-crossed to lucky in love?.”

 

Recommendations for National Poetry Month

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April is National Poetry Month Check out these items that are all available on Hoopla to celebrate National Poetry Month

1. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo | Fiction

33294200. sy475 “A young girl in Harlem discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world. Debut novel of renowned slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo.

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.

So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.

Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.“- Goodreads synopsis

2. Solo by Kwame Alexander| fiction

33004289. sy475 When the heart gets lost, let the music find you.

Blade never asked for a life of the rich and famous. In fact, he’d give anything not to be the son of Rutherford Morrison, a washed-up rock star and drug addict with delusions of a comeback. Or to no longer be part of a family known most for lost potential, failure, and tragedy. The one true light is his girlfriend, Chapel, but her parents have forbidden their relationship, assuming—like many—that Blade will become just like his father.

In reality, the only thing Blade has in common with Rutherford is the music that lives inside them. But not even the songs that flow through Blade’s soul are enough when he’s faced with two unimaginable realities: the threat of losing Chapel forever, and the revelation of a long-held family secret, one that leaves him questioning everything he thought was true. All that remains is a letter and a ticket to Ghana—both of which could bring Blade the freedom and love he’s been searching for, or leave him feeling even more adrift.” -Goodreads synopsis

3. One by Sarah Crossan| fiction

23524610 “Grace and Tippi. Tippi and Grace. Two sisters. Two hearts. Two dreams. Two lives. But one body.

Grace and Tippi are conjoined twins, joined at the waist, defying the odds of survival for sixteen years. They share everything, and they are everything to each other. They would never imagine being apart. For them, that would be the real tragedy.

But something is happening to them. Something they hoped would never happen. And Grace doesn’t want to admit it. Not even to Tippi.

How long can they hide from the truth—how long before they must face the most impossible choice of their lives?” -Goodreads synopsis

4. Three Things I Know Are True by Betty Culley | fiction

45238721The reminder is always there—a dent on the right side of Jonah’s forehead. The spot you’d press when you felt a headache coming on. The bullet tore away bone, the way dynamite blasts rock—leaving a soft crater.

Life changes forever for Liv when her older brother, Jonah, accidentally shoots himself with his best friend Clay’s father’s gun. Now Jonah needs round-the-clock care just to stay alive, and Liv seems to be the only person who can see that her brother is still there inside his broken body.

With Liv’s mom suing Clay’s family, there are divisions in the community that Liv knows she’s not supposed to cross. But Clay is her friend, too, and she refuses to turn away from him—just like she refuses to give up on Jonah.” -Goodreads synopsis

5. The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace| poetry collection

Princess Saves Herself In This One (Paperback) (Amanda Lovelace ...“A poetry collection divided into four different parts: the princess, the damsel, the queen, & you. the princess, the damsel, & the queen piece together the life of the author in three stages, while you serves as a note to the reader & all of humankind. Explores life & all of its love, loss, grief, healing, empowerment, & inspirations.” -Goodreads synopsis

 

 

 

6. When the World Didn’t End by Caroline Kaufman | Poetry collection

41212800“Teen Instagram sensation and author of Light Filters In @poeticpoison returns with a second collection of short, powerful poems about love, forgiveness, self-discovery, and what it’s like living after a hard-fought battle with depression, in the vein of poetry collections like Milk and Honey and the princess saves herself in this one.
In her second book of poetry, Instagram sensation Caroline Kaufman-known as @poeticpoison-explores the shock, wonder, and beauty of an uncertain future.
When the World Didn’t End is a vivid account of trying to find a path forward while reckoning with the pain of the past, embracing imperfection, and unlearning the language of self-criticism.
It’s an ode to the awkward silence between goodbye and hanging up, to hearts that continue to beat after they’re broken, to the empty spaces that depression leaves behind. With vulnerability and insight, this powerful collection of short poems holds up a mirror to the doubt and longing inside us all.
This collection features completely new material plus some fan favorites from Caroline’s account. Filled with haunting, spare pieces of original art, When the World Didn’t End will thrill existing fans and newcomers alike.
so,
what now?
how will you make the most of it?
how will you live the life you never thought you’d get the chance to see?” -Goodreads synopsis

7. When You Ask Me Where I’m Going by Jasmine Kaur| Fiction

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“Perfect for fans of Rupi Kaur and Elizabeth Acevedo, Jasmin Kaur’s stunning debut novel is a collection of poetry, illustrations, and prose.

scream
so that one day
a hundred years from now
another sister will not have to
dry her tears wondering
where in history
she lost her voice

The six sections of the book explore what it means to be a young woman living in a world that doesn’t always hear her and tell the story of Kiran as she flees a history of trauma and raises her daughter, Sahaara, while living undocumented in North America.

Delving into current cultural conversations including sexual assault, mental health, feminism, and immigration, this narrative of resilience, healing, empowerment, and love will galvanize readers to fight for what is right in their world.” -Goodreads synopsis

8. The Language of Fire by Stephanie Hemphill| Fiction

41824501. sy475 “This extraordinary verse novel from award-winning author Stephanie Hemphill dares to imagine how an ordinary girl became a great leader, and ultimately saved a nation.

Jehanne was an illiterate peasant, never quite at home among her siblings and peers. Until one day, she hears a voice call to her, telling her she is destined for important things. She begins to understand that she has been called by God, chosen for a higher purpose—to save France.

Through sheer determination and incredible courage, Jehanne becomes the unlikeliest of heroes. She runs away from home, dresses in men’s clothes, and convinces an army that she will lead France to victory.

As a girl in a man’s world, at a time when women truly had no power, Jehanne faced constant threats and violence from the men around her. Despite the impossible odds, Jehanne became a fearless warrior who has inspired generations.” -Goodreads synopsis

9. In Paris With You by Clementine Beauvais | Fiction

39803890“Eugene and Tatiana had fallen in love that summer ten years ago. But certain events stopped them from getting to truly know each other and they separated never knowing what could have been.

But one busy morning on the Paris metro, Eugene and Tatiana meet again, no longer the same teenagers they once were.

What happened during that summer? Does meeting again now change everything? With their lives ahead of them, can Eugene and Tatiana find a way to be together after everything?

Written in gorgeous verse, In Paris With You celebrates the importance of first love. Funny and sometimes bittersweet this book has universal appeal for anyone who has been in love”   -Goodreads synopsis

10. Loving Vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of a Landmark Civil Rights Case by Patricia Hruby Powell|Non-fiction

25861933. sx318 “From acclaimed author Patricia Hruby Powell comes the story of a landmark civil rights case, told in spare and gorgeous verse. In 1955, in Caroline County, Virginia, amidst segregation and prejudice, injustice and cruelty, two teenagers fell in love. Their life together broke the law, but their determination would change it. Richard and Mildred Loving were at the heart of a Supreme Court case that legalized marriage between races, and a story of the devoted couple who faced discrimination, fought it, and won.” -Goodreads synopsis

I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest, Kali Ciesemier |, Paperback ...Name: Tuesday

Grade: 9

Title: I Am Princess X

Author: Cherie Priest

Published: 2016

Pages: 240

Stars: 5

Review:

I am Princess X is many things. It’s a novel, a comic, a mystery, and a friendship story. It follows the story of May, a girl whose best friend, Libby, and Libby’s mom, died in a car accident a few years ago . One day she spies a sticker stuck on a building. But this isn’t any sticker; it has a teenage girl, with long blue hair, a princess dress and crown, and a katana sword, and red chuck Taylor’s just like princess X, the character Libby and May designed in 5th grade. Princess X was the subject of many comics drawn by the two friends, but why is she here? And how did she get there?

This book was AWESOME. Not only was the writing style perfect for the book, but it also has pages from the Princess X webcomic. If you like mysteries, you’ll love this. But even if they are not really your thing, you still might like this. I am Princess X is also a book about friendship, first and foremost. I read this book in one day because it was so fast paced, and fun to read. I loved this book and I hope you will too.

Rebel Girls by Elizabeth Keenan

Amazon.com: Rebel Girls (9781335185006): Keenan, Elizabeth: BooksName: Tuesday

Grade: 9

Title: Rebel Girls

Author: Elizabeth Keenan

Published: 2019

Pages: 432

Stars: 4

Review:

Rebel Girls follows feminist teen, Athena Graves, on her mission to stop people from caring about a rumor. So what if her sister had an abortion over the summer? In her pro life sister’s eyes, this rumor is really important, but in Athena’s, this is not a big deal. She sees this as her sister’s choice, and nobody else’s business–but in Baton Rouge in 1992 , it’s anything but not a big deal.

I loved this book. It had so many good 90’s punk rock references, as well as a great story. This book doesn’t just follow a girl, it follows the early 90’s feminist movement and the stories that formed because of it. In the time of the Me Too movement, this book shows the relevance of feminism and how it influenced people in the past. This book checks everything on my list. It has memorable, unique characters and a wicked plot. This book isn’t too long, but just long enough to have a cohesive plot that all ties together in the end. If you like period pieces, and badass teen girls, you’ll love this book. This book is a perfect quick read, and a read you won’t be quick to forget.