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.
12-year-old Grayson is stuck in a male body. He knows that he is destined to be a girl, but what is he supposed to do? Feeling like this in middle school is not always easy for him. He eats lunch alone in the library, is often partners with the teacher, and sits alone on the bus. He does this every day until he meets a new girl. She is nice. Of course he keeps his desire to be female a secret from her (and everyone else) but they have fun together. He goes to thrift stores with her and secretly tries on dresses, and he finally eats in the lunchroom because of her. Even with a new friend, Grayson still has a problem. He can only use his imagination to be wearing in front of the mirror. He is a guy, and he doesn’t feel like he can change that. Until the school play. He decides to audition, but not for a male character. Read Gracefully Grayson to see what happens!
Are you ready for an exciting journey through magical lands, worlds of magic and so much more? Then read Eragon by Christopher Paolini. In this book you see a boy who grows from a simple farmer to a hero and hope to a world engulfed by evil. The travels lead you through a four book series with heart wrenching twists and epic accomplishments. The main character is a sword fighter, and a skilled wizard. But there is evil in the kingdom, he and his dragon have set of in search of a trainer and an accomplice to help them take down the evil king.
My diary from the edge of the world is about a world like ours, except that it is flat, has dragons, vampires, and sasquatches, and a scary black cloud that comes to get you when you are about to die. A girl's family is looking for the Extraordinary World because the cloud is after their littlest child Sam. The extraordinary world is our world, if they don't get to our world, Sam dies.
Do you like mythical creatures? If so, this book is meant for you. This book is full of mystery and imagination. Imagine meeting Griffins and Dragons. This book makes you feel like you’re in the scene with all the detail. Each character has an interesting personality that pulls you in. I love this book. This is one of the best books I have ever read. Dragon on Trial and Krakens and Lies follow the Menagerie in the trilogy.
Unbroken is a great non-fiction book about an Olympic runner named Louie Zamperini. It takes place in the 1900’s when America and Japan were at war with each other. I really liked this book because it’s always moving and very intense. You never wanna stop reading.