She had a twin brother,
didn’t know till now –
visiting his grave seems right… so far from here.
So… if you just discovered at age 16 that you were a twin, would that explain why you never felt complete?
Emma thinks it’s possible and that traveling from New York to North Carolina to see his headstone will help her in ways that her parents and much older siblings can’t.
Peter longs to escape their small town, and a trip with Emma (just friends) is one way to start.
Another satisfying story of traveling, evolving friendship, and interesting secrets from the author of The Statistical Probability of Falling in Love (my notes here) and Geography of Me and You (noted here).
Your favorite road-trip novel?
Book info: You Are Here / Jennifer E. Smith. Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2015. [author site] [publisher site] Review copy and cover image courtesy of the publisher.
The great-great-great-grandkids of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson must work together to solve the murder of a boarding school classmate – before they are considered the prime suspects! (first in a trilogy)
What other novels of conflict would you recommend?
Preparing to flee dying Earth,
only the wealthy 1% may go,
but lowerworld 99% has other ideas!
This dystopian novel begins with privileged Cam’s stealthy views of Lowerworld economic protests (he must find that golden-eyed girl!) leading up to the corporation-run Upperworld’s elite space migration program launch (slated only for the wealthiest, naturally).
Sofie’s eloquence convinces Cam to help her make the case for allowing some Lowerworld people to go on the Otherworld colonization ships.
But the thousand-year space journey ends elsewhere than mission designers planned! Sabotage?
Can there truly be One World on the new less-hospitable planet when money and propaganda had divided Earth into Two?
Free poems while you wait!
Click-clack of manual typewriter keys,
Insights on paper, to keep.
No surprise that Typewriter Rodeo began at an Austin, Texas craft fair in 2013 – four writers creating immediate poetry on portable (and not-so-portable) old typewriters.
This new book collects photos of some poems (which are handed over to their requestors) and the stories behind their creation, from “It’s Valentine’s Weekend…” by Kari Anne for a loved, lost, then refound couple in Austin to “Jeannie” by Sean in honor of a roller-skating, table-waiting cafe owner in Maine.
Yes, the quartet will lug their manual typewriters to your event, far or near, to bring instant poetry on whatever subject they are asked!
What would you request at the Typewriter Rodeo?
Book info: Typewriter Rodeo: Real People, Real Stories, Custom Poems / Jodi Egerton, David Fruchter, Kari Ann Holt, Sean Petrie. Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2018. [project website] [publisher site] Review copy and cover image courtesy of the publisher.
Her Gift arrives at age 15!
For cookery or fixing any hair, like her aunts?
Oh no! Not talking to ghosts?!
Maybe Evie will be the one Messenger in her family line who doesn’t have a psychic gift…nope! The Florida teen can see and hear and communicate with dead people!
How can that girl Tommie get into their house without Evie’s momma and stepdad hearing her?
Should Evie really kiss cute Buddy from across the street?
Wild thunderstorms, seeing dead people, and going to a new high school – what a birthday week!
Yes or no for seeing dead people yourself?
Book info: Messenger / Carol Lynch Williams. Paula Wiseman Books (Simon Schuster), 2016 (hardcover), 2017 (paperback). [author site] [publisher site] Review copy and cover image courtesy of the publisher.
When Middie’s perfect (really, he is the best ever!) boyfriend is kidnapped while on a humanitarian gap year project abroad, she is utterly devastated – and only Nate’s best friend understands how she feels.
If only she and Lee had anything in common besides Nate – or do they?
Read the first chapter here for free, courtesy of the publisher, to meet Middie and Nate as he leaves for Honduras and she tries to start navigating her life without him by her side daily.
How do you cope with folks leaving?
Book info: The Leaving Season / Cat Jordan. Harper Teen, 2016. [author site] [publisher site] Review copy and cover image courtesy of the publisher.
Woke up as a girl for grade 9,
as an African-American guy for grade 10,
what’s in store for Drew on the first morning of grade 11?
In the third Changers book (my notes on Book 1 here and Book 2 here), our hero/ine is now an Asian-American girl who has to deal with fat-shaming by peers and adults, body image, former friends not being able to know who s/he is now, and the long-standing conflict between Changers and Abiders boiling over.
Thankful for her drama pal Kris (so very, very dramatic), especially when her grandmother falls ill – oh, this third transformation is not the best one!
The authors say that Book 4 – where our teen must choose which body and identity to keep for life – is due for 2018 publication!
What lessons learned by fictional characters have you taken to heart?