Jonah is a seventeen year old boy who has lived in Verona Cove his whole life. His whole family fell apart when he tragically lost his beloved father to a heart attack. Now, his mother barely gets out of bed, and he is left to take care of his younger siblings. Vivi just pranced into Verona Cove and is immediately in love. It seems like a perfect, beautiful, summer escape from a harsh past. Each character tries to hide away from old wounds, and falling in love seems like a perfect way to do it. When these two teenagers find each other, their summer takes a whole new route. Emory Lord artfully touches upon the sensitive subjects of mental illness while gracefully weaving in teenage romance, and you will be transported into Vivi and Jonah's world. This powerful book will move you to tears and laughter, and leave you with a compelling message.
When We Collided by Emery Lord Grades: 7th, 8th Tags: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Friendship, Romance Reviewed by: Skye S.
Georgina Fernweh is born into a family with magic passed down by women through generations. This magic can range from flying to teleportation, and while it is not spoken by the other residents on the island By-The-Sea, it is known. Little oddities that make the island what it is---such as the unpredictable and ephemeral weather and the (supposedly) three-hundred-year-old bird who rests on the island every year---attracts tourists to the little island every summer, two of whom are Harrison and Prue. Georgina has not yet found her magic unlike her sister Mary, and with her eighteenth birthday awaiting at the end of the summer, she fears her ability may never come. She begins to bond with a new friend, Prue, when tragedy strikes the island. The magical powers that were once revered by the citizens of By-The-Sea turns to suspicion--especially towards Mary. During Georgina's last summer on the island, she will learn the truth and mysteries about magic. This book offers wonderful representation for members of the LGBT community through its characters and plot.
Disclaimer: This book has topics on sexual assault/rape. Please read with discretion.
Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno Grades 7th, 8th Tags: Fantasy, Romance Review by Sarai B.
Mercy Wong is a teenage girl living in Chinatown in the year 1906. Her education in Chinatown was not enough for her smarts, so she sets off to get an education at the prestigious school for wealthy white girls, Saint Clare's. Being Chinese in San Francisco at that time was hard enough, but being Chinese in a school of girls unlike her is even harder. Teased, mocked, and bullied by room mates for being Chinese, Mercy struggles to find her place in this strange school. Disaster strikes when the infamous 1906 Earthquake hits, and Mercy has to work together with her classmates to help others and stay alive. This action packed story from the past will move you while keeping you on "the edge of your seat." It educates you about the shocking event from the historical point of view, but more importantly, the human point of view. Stacy Lee poignantly describes the lives of people affected by the earthquake. It is a story about how love, courage, bravery, and hope triumph.
Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee Grades 6th, 7th, 8th Tags: Friendship, Historical Fiction Review by Skye S.