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True Believer

True Believer, second in the Make Lemonade trilogy by Virginia Euwer Wolff, is an honest look at faith, friendship and romance as seen through the eyes of LaVaughn while she navigates high school. Determined to stay on track for college though the odds seem … Continue reading

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Make Lemonade

When fourteen-year-old LaVaughn finds a babysitting job in order to earn money for college (and no one in her whole building has ever been to college), she ends up taking care of Jilly and Jeremy, the children of a seventeen-year-old mother … Continue reading

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Open Mic

Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices, edited by Mitali Perkins, includes stories by Mitali Perkins, Gene Luen Yang, Francisco X. Stork and more. Each of the ten stories for teens explore race and culture–all with humour. … Continue reading

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The Last Free Cat

A cat dystopian? I picked this up because I love my cat and now I love this book as well. The Last Free Cat is written by cat-loving Jon Blake, who lives in England and peppers the novel with a delightful British … Continue reading

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Hidden

Hidden, a novel-in-verse by Helen Frost, has two perspectives and two time-frames. Wren and Darra meet at summer camp, but they’ve already had a life-changing interaction at age seven even thought they didn’t see each other face-to-face. Poignant poetry unravels the … Continue reading

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Beneath a Meth Moon: An Elegy

elegy n. 1. mournful poem  2. poem in elegiac couplets or stanzas 3. music, musical or lament for dead person Written in prose, Jacqueline Woodson‘s Beneath a Meth Moon reads as smoothly as a poem and manages to work in Hurricane Katrina, loss … Continue reading

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Starters

The first impression of Lissa Price‘s Starters is the cover: A surreal, almost glowing teen girl waits with an unwavering gaze and pristine skin. This perfection is a scheme. Wealthy Enders (the elderly) laser away the flaws of teenagers and then rent their … Continue reading

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American Born Chinese

American Born Chinese, a graphic novel by Gene Luen Yang, comprises three stories featuring Jin, the only Chinese-American at his school, the fabled Monkey King, and Chin-kee, the horrible Chinese cousin. The three threads are woven together near the end … Continue reading

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