Archive for the ‘Teen Readers Advisory’ Category

Loss of a pet & parent titles for youth

June 17, 2017

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The NY Times Book Review this weekend has profiled five new books for youth that deal with loss: four picture book titles that tackle the loss of a pet, and one teen novel that deals with the loss of a mother. Splotch by Gianna Marino & Goldfish Ghost by Lemony Snicket both look at the loss of a pet goldfish; Hey, Boy by Benjamin Strouse deals with a boy and a dog, and Colette’s Lost Pet by Isabelle Arsenault takes a glimpse at a young girl’s attempt to fit into a new neighborhood by inventing the loss of a pet bird.

1 bookThe teen novel is Speed of Life, by Carol Weston, which I have read and enjoyed. A young teen loses her mother suddenly and must deal with her father dating again. To make matters worse, her dad’s girlfriend has a daughter, Alexa, who is about the same age as Sofia, the protagonist, and is less than thrilled about her mom dating Sofia’s dad. Plus Alexa is not very friendly to Sofia, who turns to an advice columnist, “Dear Kate” for help in dealing with her loss. Recommended for teens in grades 7 and up.

What Light

November 29, 2016


Jay Asher has written three young adult novels to date; his latest title is a Christmas story that takes a look at misconceptions and unfair judgements. Sierra’s family owns a Christmas tree farm in California, and she meets a young man, Caleb, who she later discovers is buying trees for needy families. However, she is told that he reportedly threatened his younger sister’s life with a knife several years earlier. So while many steer clear of him, including his best friend, Sierra becomes very attracted to him and they fall in love. Asher pens a feel- good story about the power of redemption, and having faith in someone, regardless of the judgements of others.

Shop on AmazonSmile, Support the Library

November 29, 2016
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A Study in Charlotte

June 18, 2016

index.aspxI have to admit, the title of this YA mystery and the front cover attracted my attention, so I checked it out. It turned out to be a Holmes and Watson novel, only the author is Brittany Cavallaro, and the main characters are Charlotte Holmes and James Watson, the great-great-great grandchildren of the famous detectives. Charlotte is being framed for a murder she didn’t commit, and James is determined to aid her in proving her innocence. A murderer is on the loose, using original cases of Sherlock Holmes to plot his victims’ deaths, while Charlotte and James are racing the clock to find him/her before someone else dies. I found it very enjoyable, but would recommend it for teens in grades 9 and up.

Asking For It

May 31, 2016

Emma O’Dowd is a beautiful and popular Irish teenager. She enjoys flirting with guys and has a reputation for doing more than just flirting. She is just eighteen, with her whole life in front of her, until one night at a party when she’s had too much to drink and is offered drugs. Compromising photos are taken and are circulated on social media, for everyone to see. Louise O’Neill has penned a sobering account of what can happen after one night of reckless behavior, and forces the reader to decide where the blame truly lies.

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