When Emilia’s dad dies, she has to decide whether or not to take over his bookshop in a small quaint village in England. She decides to go for it, but unfortunately her father left her in debt, so making a profit will not be an easy venture. We meet the many characters in the village gradually: Alice, engaged to be married to Hugh; her mom, Sarah, owner of the local manor; Dillon, gardener at the manor, who fancies Alice from afar; Marlowe, a talented musician; and Bea, a good friend of Emilia’s, to name a few. Veronica Henry mixes romance with the secrets, hopes and dreams of her characters, and the novel ends with a satisfying conclusion, despite all the drama. Recommended for those looking for a light read.
The long-lists for the National Book Award prize have been released. In the Young People’s Literature category the list is as follows:
Elana K. Arnold, “What Girls Are Made Of”
Carolrhoda Lab / Lerner Publishing Group
Robin Benway, “Far from the Tree”
HarperTeen / HarperCollins
Samantha Mabry, “All the Wind in the World”
Algonquin Young Readers / Workman
Mitali Perkins, “You Bring the Distant Near”
Farrar, Straus & Giroux Books for Young Readers / Macmillan
Jason Reynolds, “Long Way Down”
Atheneum / Caitlyn Dlouhy Books / Simon & Schuster
Erika L. Sánchez, “I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter”
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers / Penguin Random House
Laurel Snyder, “Orphan Island”
Walden Pond Press / HarperCollins
Angie Thomas, “The Hate U Give”
Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins
Rita Williams-Garcia, “Clayton Byrd Goes Underground”
Amistad / HarperCollins
Ibi Zoboi, “American Street”
Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins
How many have you read? So far I have only read two!
Jason Reynolds captivates my students when he reads from his novel “Ghost.”
Watch this video and get hooked.
The grisly murders of three family members in Brooklyn in 1992, both parents and their young foster daughter, were pinned on the teenage foster son, DeShawn Perkins, who was living in the home at the time. Fast forward to 2014, where Rebekah Roberts is a reporter at the NY Tribune. Bored with her assignments, she befriends Amanda, a blog writer who tracks murders in NYC, and becomes involved in a wrongful conviction project. Rebekah discovers a recent letter written by DeShawn Perkins, 22 years after he went to jail, protesting his innocence. Julia Dahl writes a tightly packed novel, weaving all the strands of the various characters actions together into a neat package by the end. She is an Edgar Award finalist for her previous book, Invisible City. Recommended for all murder mystery fans.
Award winning Young Adult and Middle grade author M.T. Anderson (writer of Feed, Burger Wuss, Octavian Nothing, etc.) new scifi-esque YA novel Landscape With Invisible Hand hits shelves today and it contains everything that fans love about the author’s writing: sarcasm, wit, poignancy, satire, and a little sadness.
The protagonist of the story is Adam who is smart, sweet, and artistic. When the “vuvv” (alien ship) first landed, it came as a surprise to aspiring artist Adam and the rest of planet Earth — but not necessarily an unwelcome one. Can it really be called an invasion when the vuvv generously offered free advanced technology and cures for every illness imaginable? As it turns out, yes. With his parents’ jobs replaced by alien tech and no money for food, clean water, or the vuvv’s miraculous medicine, Adam and his girlfriend, Chloe, have to get creative to survive. And since the vuvv crave anything they deem classic Earth culture (doo-wop music, still life paintings of fruit, true love), recording 195
-style dates for the vuvv to watch in a pay-per-minute format seems like a brilliant idea. But it’s hard for Adam and Chloe to sell true love when they hate each other more with every passing episode. Soon enough, Adam must decide how far he’s willing to go — and what he’s willing to sacrifice — to give the vuvv what they want.
With the backdrop of a bleak dystopian future Anderson inserts some heart into a satire. A bonus for reluctant readers is that this book is only about 170 pages long!