Review: “Illusionarium” by Heather Dixon

Rating: ★★★★☆ Synopsis: What if the world holds more dangers—and more wonders—than we have ever known? And what if there is more than one world? From Heather Dixon, author of the acclaimed Entwined, comes a brilliantly conceived adventure that sweeps us from the inner workings of our souls to the farRead More

Review: “The Haters” by Jesse Andrews

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ Synopsis: From Jesse Andrews, author of the New York Times bestselling Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and screenwriter of the Sundance award–winning motion picture of the same name, comes a groundbreaking young adult novel about music, love, friendship, and freedom as three young musicians follow a questRead More

Review | “El Deafo” by Cece Bell

Rating: ★★★★★ Synopsis: Starting at a new school is scary, even more so with a giant hearing aid strapped to your chest! At her old school, everyone in Cece’s class was deaf. Here she is different. She is sure the kids are staring at the Phonic Ear, the powerful aid that willRead More

Review: “TRANS/gressive” by Riki Wilchins

Rating: ★★★★★ Synopsis: In the early 1990s, no one talked about transgender people, and no one knew one. We were not on TV or in movies. What formed the visible part of the transcommunity – overwhelmingly white, urban, and middle class – was also overwhelmingly focused on conferences, surgery or hormones, andRead More

Review: “Love is Love” by Mette Bach

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ Synopsis: Overweight and unhappy at home, Emmy gets sexually involved with a popular classmate so that people will think that she is worth liking. When she realizes that he is just using her, she decides to leave her home in Winnipeg to stay with her uncle’s family in Vancouver.Read More

Review: “The Sun is Also a Star” by Nicola Yoon

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Synopsis: Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not whenRead More

Review: “Night on Fire” by Ronald Kidd

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ Synopsis: Thirteen-year-old Billie Simms doesn’t think her hometown of Anniston, Alabama, should be segregated, but few of the town’s residents share her opinion. As equality spreads across the country and the Civil Rights Movement gathers momentum, Billie can’t help but feel stuck–and helpless–in a stubborn town too set inRead More

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