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Elizabeth
The Lake of Shining Waters
Former law librarian, YA librarian in training
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Saenz, B (2012). Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe. NYC: Simon & Schuster. Print ISBN: 9781442408937. Paperback $11.99. Book Review: Dante and Ari are best friends. They meet one summer when Ari asks Dante to teach him to swim. The fact that Dante is gay isn't a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2016 at Librarian Unbunned
Thrash, M (2015). Honor Girl. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press. Print ISBN: 9780763673826. Hardback: $19.99. Book Review: Maggie is 15, an expert shooter, at an all girls summer camp, a die hard Backstreet Boys fan, and in love with a counselor named Erin. Just a typical summer, except Erin isn't just... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2016 at Librarian Unbunned
Moskowitz, H (2015). Not otherwise specified. NYC: Simon Pulse. ISBN: 9781481405959. Paperback: $11.99. Book Review There aren’t very many YA novels with a cool teen protagonist that also identifies as bisexual. Luckily for us, Etta is one that fits the bill! Etta is bisexual, Black and also an amazing ballet... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2016 at Librarian Unbunned
Green, John and David Levithan (2010). Will Grayson, Will Grayson. New York City: Speak. Print ISBN: 9780142418475. Paperback $10.99. Book Review Will Grayson, Will Grayson is a story about two teens named Will Grayson colliding in a super funny way (for the reader...definitely not for the characters). They come from... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at Librarian Unbunned
Wilkinson, L. Pink (2009). New York City: Harper Teen. Print ISBN: 9780061926549. Paperback $9.99. Book Review In Pink, Ava is a teen who is caught up in confusion. She is in a lesbian relationship, but she is unsure if she wants to remain so. She also decides she wants to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at Librarian Unbunned
Dawson, J (2015). This book is gay. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks, Inc. Print ISBN: 9781492617839. $9.99. Book Review This book is gay is the book I wish I had as a teenager. It's a no-nonsense book about being gay, lesbian, bi, trans, queer, etc., with the added bonus of being funny.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at Librarian Unbunned
Garvin, J (2016). Symptoms of being human. NYC: Harper Collins. Print ISBN: 9780062382863. Hardback: $17.99. Book Review "People are complicated. And messy. Seems too convenient that we'd all fit inside some multiple choice question." In the Symptoms of being human, Riley identifies as gender fluid. That means Riley's gender fluctuates... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at Librarian Unbunned
Farizan, S. If you could be mine. Chapel Hill: Algonquin Books. ISBN: 9781616204556. paperback: $9.95 Book Review Sahar and Nasrin have been best friends since they were 6 years old. They are also lovers. They live in Iran and have to keep their romance a secret for fear of being... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at Librarian Unbunned
Kaufman, A (2015). Illuminae. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. ISBN: 978-0-553-49911-7. Hardback: $18.99. Book Talk Book Review What would you do if the morning you broke up with your boyfriend the planet you live on is annihilated by an evil corporation? That is what Kady is dealing with the day... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2016 at Librarian Unbunned
Alexie, S. (2007). The absolutely true diary of a part time Indian. New York: Little Brown and Company. Print ISBN: 978-0-316-01369-7. Paperback: $15.99. Book Talk Book Review Junior wasn't supposed to live past 6 months. He is poor. He only has one friend who can be a bully. Junior definitely... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2016 at Librarian Unbunned
Abouet, M (2012). Aya: life in Yop City. Drawn & Quarterly. Print ISBN: 978-1-77046-082-9. Paperback: 24.95. Book Talk Book Review Aya is a graphic novel which takes place in West Africa in the late 1970s. It centers around Aya and her two best friends. Aya is a serious teenager who... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2016 at Librarian Unbunned
Simone, N (2008). Shortie like mine. New York: Kensington. ISBN: 978-0758228390 Book Talk Book Review In Shortie like mine, Seven is a typical teenaged girl dealing with typical teenaged girl problems. She has a major crush on her friend's ex boyfriend. She has a falling out with her best friend... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2016 at Librarian Unbunned
Held, K (2016). Holding court. Fort Collins: Entangled Publishing. ISBN: 978-1-63375-227-6. Paperback: $9.99. Book Talk Book Review "I'm standing behind the counter of my mom's antique shop, thinking about Grayson Chandler's abs, when the bell over the door jingles and in walks Henry VIII." Jules has what Cami, her best... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2016 at Librarian Unbunned
Stine, RL (2014). Party Games. New York: Thomas Dunne Books. Print ISBN: 978-1-250-07693-9. Paperback $10.99. Book Talk Review Does RL Stine still have thrilling story ideas? His latest stories still take place on Fear Street. In Party Games, Rachel is invited to Brendan Fear's birthday party. Her friends warn her... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2016 at Librarian Unbunned
Okorafor, N. (2011). Akata Witch. New York: Viking. Print ISBN: 978-0-670-01196-4. Hardback: $17.99. Book Talk Book Review Do you ever really know who you are? Sunny is dealing with lots of questions on her identity. She was born in NYC, but lives in Nigeria. She is African but albino. She... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2016 at Librarian Unbunned
Garden, N. (1982). Annie on My Mind. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux. Print ISBN: 978-0-374-40011-8. Paperback: $8.00. Book Talk Review Annie on my mind is a story that takes place in New York City. Liza and Annie become friends after meeting at a museum. Their friendship quickly intensifies and they... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2016 at Librarian Unbunned
Johnson, A. (2003) The first part last. Simon Pulse: New York. Print ISBN: 978-0-689-84923-7. Paperback: $7.99. Book Talk Review Bobby just wants to be a “normal” teenager living in NYC, with a close group of friends, school and a girlfriend. However, once he learns that his girlfriend, Nia, is expecting... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2016 at Librarian Unbunned
Thompson, A. (2013). Mo' Meta Blues: the world according to Questlove. New York: Grand Central Publishing. Print ISBN: 978-1-4555-0137-3. Paperback: $16.00. Annotation A quirky, fun memoir that truly delves into the history of music -- with great stories included! Review Mo' Meta Blues is most definitely the world according to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at Librarian Unbunned
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Blume, J. (1975). Forever. New York: Simon & Schuster. Print ISBN: 978-1-4814-1443-2. Paperback: $10.99. Annotation A raw look at first love and the implications of deciding to have sex. Review The first love can feel so all consuming. Sometimes it feels like it will last forever, and sometimes it does.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2016 at Librarian Unbunned
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Wein, E. (2015). Black dove, white raven. Los Angeles: Hyperion. Print ISBN: 978-142318310-5. Hardback: $17.99. Annotation Adopted siblings of pilot mothers must cope with and ultimately fight in WWII. Review Elizabeth Wein weaves together historical fiction and fantasy seamlessly in this novel set in Ethiopia during WWII. Em and Teo... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2016 at Librarian Unbunned
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