Friday, June 23, 2017

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give
This is such a relevant, realistic and necessary story right now.  When 16 year old Starr leaves a party with her friend, Khalil, he is pulled over by a policeman and is shot.  She is the only witness to the murder.  Should she testify?  If she does, will it make any difference?  This is an incredible story and will be out as a movie in the future.  I highly recommend it.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Best Place on Earth by Ayelet Tsabari

The Best Place on Earth
This book is a compilation of short stories set mostly in Israel, with some in Canada and India.  Most of the characters are Israelis of of Yemeni descent, which is the author's background.  It gives a good picture of what it is like to live in Israel, be in the Israeli military and more.  

Transphobia: Deal with It and Be a Gender Transcender by J. Wallace Skelton,

Transphobia: Deal with It and Be a Gender Transcender
This book is written for children ages 8 and up.  It is illustrated and has little quizzes that have questions to help guide the reader through different scenarios.  It is set in Canada and refers to Canadian laws in a few places.  I think it is a good, clear explanatory book about gender for tweens and teens.

Relativity by Antonia Hayes

Relativity
This story is told mostly by 12 year old Ethan, who is fascinated by science and is bullied at school because of that.  His mother, Claire also tells parts of the story and his father, Mark, who Ethan had never met because Mark left when Ethan was 4 months old, also tells part of the story.  I enjoyed the science in the book. When Ethan finds out that his parents have been in contact with one another he is determined to meet his father. The story was sadder than I thought it would be.  It is well written and captivating and I highly recommend it.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Forgotten Girls (Louise Rick #4)

The Forgotten Girls
This book is part of a series.  I have not read the other books.  In this book, police detective Louise Rick is  the new commander of the Missing Persons Department in  a town in Denmark.  On her first day on the job, a corpse is found in the woods.  Louise and her new partner, Eik, learn that the deceased woman had been in a home for retarded people and that she and her twin sister had been declared dead many years ago.  Since Lisemette just died, they realize that her twin sister may still be alive.  As they investigate the case, they become romantically involved and we learn that there are links to Louise's deceased boyfriend from over 20 years ago.  I think that readers of the series will enjoy this book. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Code of Honor by Alan Gratz

Code of Honor
I listened to the audio version of this book and it was very well done!  The story is compelling and realistic.  Kamran is a senior in high school and plans to go to West Point and then into the army like his older brother Darius did.  After Darius is accused of being a terrorist and is seen on film with terrorists, Kamran and his parents are kidnapped by the US government and taken to a secret facility and interrogated - for months.  Kamran is sure that Darius is not a terrorist and is being held captive against his will.  He sees clues in the films that Darius shares that no one but Kamran would understand.  Can he convince the government that his brother is not a terrorist and can he help stop the terrorist plot before it is too late?  This book won the Texas Lone Star Book award and it is totally excellent!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Dramatically Ever After by Isabel Bandeira

Dramatically Ever After (Ever After, #2)
This second book in the trilogy follows Em, a friend of Phoebe who was the main character in the first book.  Em is in theater and has entered a speech contest in order to win a college scholarship.  Her parents want her to go to the college where her mother works, and since her father just got laid off from his job, that is her only current option.  She, however wants to go to a college with a good theater department, and will only be able to do that with a scholarship.  She wins the contest and gets to spend a week in Boston with the other winners practicing for the final round.  Unfortunately, the male winner from her state is Kris, a stuck up boy from her school whom she despises.  There is friendship, lots of drama and romance in this fun to read teen romance novel.