Sophie is looking forward to getting time away from her parents for the holidays. They're visiting her heavily pregnant sister over the holidays. But she's especially happy because she's looking forward to spend time with her boyfriend, Griffin. So she's thrown for a loop when she overhears Griffin discussing his desire to break up with her -- and then of course, she breaks up with him.
Bryan loves comics and hanging out with his mom -- and even his big sister sometimes -- with no drama. His dad has a temper and has been in jail for some misdemeanor. Now though, he's on parole, and it seems like things may be looking up. But when a new boy his age, Mike, worms his way into Bryan's family, it appears Bryan may have a new friend.
The list features picks with young people or their parents/relatives dealing with a mental illness. Conditions covered include PTSD, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder, alcoholism, and eating disorders.
Jennifer Torres's The Fresh Face of Griselda follows young Geez (as Griselda is called by her family) as she adjusts to her family's new socioeconomic situation. Her dad's landscaping business recently shut down and the family lost their home. As a result, they've had to move in with her Nana.
In Strange Birds, four girls form an unlikely friendship that leads to activism. Ofelia Castillo (budding journalist), Aster Douglas (bookish foodie), Cat Garcia (bird aficionado), and Lane DiSanti (artist) are as different as can be. But when the Floras -- their local Scout troop -- plans to crown its next queen with a hat of feathers, the girls band together to fight for birds.
In this interview, Ope and I talked about her start as a freelance editor and why she decided to move from book publishing to online publishing. We also discussed how she balances working full-time as an editor with writing regularly.
In Julie Flett's Birdsong, a young girl, Katherena, and her mother move from their home in the city to one in the countryside. The mother and daughter adjust to the move as spring warms into summer. The girl, a budding artist, loses her desire to create until she meets a fellow artist.
30 middle-grade books about death, including the death of a parent or both, death of a friend, or even the death of pet, beloved teacher, or grandparent.
In The Silence Between Us, Maya who is Deaf, has to move across the country to Colorado just before senior year. As if that isn't bad enough, she's moving from a hearing-impaired school to a hearing school. Maya lost her hearing at age 13 after an illness, so she can speak -- she just can't hear.
In Paula Yoo's Good Enough, high school senior Patti Yoon is preparing to retake the SATs after failing to make her Korean proud with her 2010 score. It doesn't help that she's also lost her concertmaster position at the All-State Orchestra. Both "failures" are conversation fodder at her Korean church where she also plays music.