Author Archive

Solo

June 13, 2018

Kwame Alexander is one my favorite YA authors. His book Solo that came out last year is just another gem in his collection!

Blade never asked for a life of the rich and famous. In fact, he’d give anything not to be the son of Rutherford Morrison, a washed-up rock star and drug addict with delusions of a comeback. Or to no longer be part of a family known most for lost potential, failure, and tragedy. The one true light is his girlfriend, Chapel, but her parents have forbidden their relationship, assuming—like many—that Blade will become just like his father.

In reality, the only thing Blade has in common with Rutherford is the music that lives inside them. But not even the songs that flow through Blade’s soul are enough when he’s faced with two unimaginable realities: the threat of losing Chapel forever, and the revelation of a long-held family secret, one that leaves him questioning everything he thought was true. All that remains is a letter and a ticket to Ghana—both of which could bring Blade the freedom and love he’s been searching for, or leave him feeling even more adrift.index

This writing is incredible and FUN and it is filled with MUSIC which is perfect for this Summer’s Libraries Rock! theme.

Light Filters In: Poems

May 27, 2018

Recently it has been hard for me to focus long enough to read an entire book. I am FIVE books behind schedule on my reading challenge (follow me on goodreads!) and I am no longer breezing through two books in a week like I used to.

I have found a new solution to this issue and that is poetry. A poem is not long. You can put the book down after every single one. You don’t need to skip ahead to see how many pages are left in this chapter to get through.

Here is an amazing book of poems written by a local teenager who gained fame through her Instagram page (I loved these poems so much!):

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The Takedown

May 21, 2018

The Takedown by Corrie Wang is the perfect contemporary fiction book for Teens in the digital age. The book takes place in a not-so-distant future where facial recognition software results in your every move being tracked online for everyone to see.

Kyla Cheng is one of the most popular girls in school – which is a feat considering that they live

indexin a world where there is essentially no privacy and there is no such thing as keeping secrets.  A week before college applications are due, a video of Kyla “doing it” with her crush-worthy English teacher is uploaded to her school’s website. It instantly goes viral, but here’s the thing: it’s not Kyla in the video. With time running out, Kyla delves into a world of hackers, haters and creepy stalkers in an attempt to do the impossible—take something off the internet—all while dealing with the fallout from her own karmic footprint.

Dear Harry Potter Fans: You’re welcome.

May 14, 2018

Fans of Harry Potter rejoice! I have discovered a Harry Potter podcast that you will love. It is called Harry Potter and the Sacred Text. Each week the two hosts analyze one chapter at a time through a central theme (Loss, Confusion, Shame, etc..) The hosts do an amazing job of relating the characters to the real world and as a longtime fan of Harry Potter I didn’t realize that there was so much of the books that I hadn’t yet explored. So take a listen: static1.squarespace

Hudson Children’s Book Expo!

May 7, 2018

This past weekend I attended the Hudson Children’s Book Expo in Hudson, New York. It was a blast! Some of my favorite Children’s and Teen authors were present and I even got some books signed that I will be adding to the collection:

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