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 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.
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.
Some Places More Than Others has been on my TBR since the second I heard about it. It felt a bit like a dream come true to see that Kindle pre-order come through! It totally lived up to my expectations.
Well, That Was Awkward is a humorous middle-grade Cyrano De Bergerac retelling set in NYC. Perfect for all lovers of humor books and middle school drama.
From the critically acclaimed author of Amina’s Voice comes a new story inspired by Louisa May Alcott’s beloved classic, Little Women, featuring four sisters from a modern American Muslim family living in Georgia.
Paula Chase's Dough Boys is an emotion-charged middle-grade novel about two boys navigating their changing friendship while caught up with a local drug ring.
It's the summer of 1979, 14-year-old Beverly Tapinski leaves home and arrives at the Seahorse Court RV community in Florida. She's grieving the death of her (and the Three Rancheros' dog, Buddy) and has left her friend Raymie without even saying goodbye.