Everything That Makes You by Moriah McStay REVIEW

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Available in Print and eBook.

How different would your life be if one thing could have happened another way or not happened at all? In Fiona’s case, it is the accident – when she was five she burned her face leaving it scarred. She says she doesn’t think about the ‘what if…’, but we get to see it for her.

This story alternates between Fiona, the girl with the scar, and Fi, the girl who never got burned. How much difference can living with a scar make? Fiona is more withdrawn and spends her time writing songs that she would never sing for anyone – it would mean opening herself up to others. She has spent her life being noticed and wants to draw as little attention to herself as possible.

Fi is a star lacrosse player. Although Fiona had the desire, getting hit in the face was too much of a risk for sports. Fi lives for lacrosse and is hoping to earn a scholarship to Northwestern. She hangs out with other popular athletes.

Fiona’s grades are excellent; Fi needs to work harder. Fiona has a crush on Trent and has barely spoken to him; Fi and Trent are fellow athletes and best friends. Fiona’s best friend is Lucy; Fi and Lucy can’t stand each other.

Is Fi’s life better without the scar? Would Fiona get rid of the scar if she could? It is a story with many questions and (fortunately) answers. It is sometimes confusing going back and forth between the different versions of Fiona (with the same people inhabiting her lives), but it is an intriguing story that make you ponder ‘what if’s…’ about your own life.

~Review by Will Smither, Indy PL Librarian and Teen Services Committee. You Know You Wanna Read It Blog.

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Young Adult Lit For Your Earbuds

 

 

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Starting May 7th-August 13 you may download 2 FREE audiobooks a week from SYNC. SYNC is sponsored by AudioFile Magazine and delivered through the OverDrive App.

 

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Meet Best-selling author Sarah Dessen!

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Bestselling young adult author Sarah Dessen will discuss her works and career during a free program on Saturday, May 9 at 2:30 p.m. at the Glendale Branch, 6101 N. Keystone Avenue.

Dessen is the author of twelve novels, including Someone Like You, Just Listen, The Moon and More, and her latest, Saint Anything. Many of her works have been among the American Library Association’s “Best Fiction for Young Adults” selections, including her first novel in 1996, That Summer. Her 2009 book, Along for the Ride, earned a spot on the New York Times Bestsellers list. The 2003 film, How to Deal starring Mandy Moore, was based on both Someone Like You and That Summer. In 1999, Someone Like You was one of two winners of the School Library Best Book award, and the following year her book, Keeping the Moon, was the sole winner.

Dessen was born in 1970 in Evanston, Illinois, and graduated with highest honors in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She resides in North Carolina with her husband and daughter.

Book sales provided by Kids Ink and autographing will follow her presentation.

Call 275-4410 for more information about this free program.

http://sarahdessen.com/

GLENDALE LIBRARY

6101 N. Keystone Ave.

275-4410

Book sales and autographing to follow the presentation.

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What is National Poetry Month?

“National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives.”

 

“Follow poetry events taking place nationwide at @POETSorg, and tweet about your own using #npm15.” Poets.org 

Celebrate National Poetry Month by checking out some of these novels in verse!

waterLike water on stone by Dana Walrath.

Available in Print.

Inspired by a true story, this relates the tale of siblings Sosi, Shahen, and Mariam who survive the Armenian genocide of 1915 by escaping from Turkey alone over the mountains.

Read reviews and more on Goodreads.

 

 

deathDeath coming up the hill : a novel by by Chris Crowe.

Available in Print.

Douglas Ashe keeps a weekly record of historical and personal events in 1968, the year he turns seventeen, including the escalating war in Vietnam, assassinations, rampant racism, and rioting; his first girlfriend, his parents’ separation, and a longed-for sister.

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crazyCrazy by Linda Vigen Phillips.

Available in Print.

While growing up in the 1960s, Laura uses art to cope with her mother’s mental illness.

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Alex As Well by Alyssa Brugman REVIEW

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 Available in Print.

Alex was born with a rare condition that makes her physically both a boy and a girl. When she was very young, her parents decided to raise her as a boy, but at fifteen she knows she’s a girl. She stops taking her hormone medicine and starts wearing girl clothes. Her mother freaks out (as usual) and her dad walks out.

Alex enrolls herself in a new school where no one knows the truth or that she was recently a boy. Her hopes for a clean beginning are dashed when the school asks for a birth certificate. It’s not her fault she was declared a boy at birth, but it is her burden to bear. Alex stops at the first barrister (aka lawyer) she sees to learn how she can change her birth certificate.

Even though Alex lives in constant fear of being discovered, she likes her new school. She meets a group of friends including the beautiful Amina (yes, Alex is crushing on her from their first meeting). She gets the opportunity to be a model and wear amazing clothes and make up. It is such a girly thing to do and Alex loves it.

Alex’s parents have never dealt with her condition in the best way for Alex, and this new decision has pushed them beyond their limits. Her mother (who we follow in her blog posts) is convinced it’s just a phase and Alex is too young to know what ‘he’ really wants. Her judgment is questionable at best. Alex’s father tries and is more accepting but still struggles with the change. Of course, guilt is weighing on them as well.

Alex has had a tough road and it’s never going to be as easy as it should be. Society has a difficult time dealing with things that do not mesh with the perceived norm. Alex is just another teen with more obstacles than most struggling to find her place in the world.

~Review by Will Smither, Indy PL Librarian and Teen Services Committee. You Know You Wanna Read It Blog.

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