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YA Quirky Rom-Coms PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 December 2013 16:54

Need a light, fun and humorous read? Try a book from this list of quirky romantic comedies featuring Ryan Gosling and books NOT written by John Green! - See more at: http://evanston.bibliocommons.com/list/show/81082369_eplyaservices/217534415#sthash.6cgudhPZ.dpuf

Need a light, fun and humorous read? Try a book from this list of quirky romantic comedies featuring Ryan Gosling and books NOT written by John Green! - See more at: http://evanston.bibliocommons.com/list/show/81082369_eplyaservices/217534415#sthash.6cgudhPZ.dpufNeed a light, fun and humorous read? Try a book from this list of quirky romantic comedies featuring Ryan Gosling and books NOT written by John Green!

Need a light, fun and humorous read? Try a book from this list of quirky romantic comedies featuring Ryan Gosling and books NOT written by John Green!

 

titleAmy and Roger's Epic Detour

Written by Morgan Matson

After the death of her father, Amy, a high school student, and Roger, a college freshman, set out on a carefully planned road trip from California to Connecticut, but wind up taking many detours, forcing Amy to face her worst fears and come to terms with her grief and guilt. - See more at: http://evanston.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1722419035_amy_amp_rogers_epic_detour#sthash.TkyeoPYe.dpuf
After the death of her father, Amy, a high school student, and Roger, a college freshman, set out on a carefully planned road trip from California to Connecticut, but wind up taking many detours, forcing Amy to face her worst fears and come to terms with her grief and guilt. - See more at: http://evanston.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1722419035_amy_amp_rogers_epic_detour#sthash.TkyeoPYe.dpuf

 

 

After the death of her father, Amy, a high school student, and Roger, a college freshman, set out on a carefully planned road trip from California to Connecticut, but wind up taking many detours, forcing Amy to face her worst fears and come to terms with her grief and guilt. - See more at: http://evanston.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1722419035_amy_amp_rogers_epic_detour#sthash.TkyeoPYe.dpuf

 

After the death of her father, Amy, a high school student, and Roger, a college freshman, set out on a carefully planned road trip from California to Connecticut, but wind up taking many detours, forcing Amy to face her worst fears and come to terms with her grief and guilt. 

 

 

 

 

titleLars & the Real Girl

directed by Craig Gillespie

 

Lars is a sweet but quirky guy who thinks he's found the girl of his dreams in a life-sized doll named Bianca. He is content with his artificial girlfriend until he develops feelings for Margo, an attractive co-worker. Now Lars finds himself in a unique love triangle, hoping to somehow discover the real meaning of true love.

 

 

 

titleEleanor & Park 

Written by Rainbow Rowell (a lady from Omaha, NE like myself!)

 

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits--smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

 

 

 

 

For more quirky, fun but heart-warming reads, check out the rest of the list @ YA Quirky Rom-Coms

 

(Ashley, the Loft)

 

 
The Diviners / Libba Bray PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 December 2013 00:00

altSerial killers, dark magic, flappers, speakeasies, romance, premonitions, suspense and thrills.  The Diviners, by Libba Bray encapsulates all of those things and more.  Set in the 1920’s during prohibition and the rise of flappers, the book revolves around a whole set of diverse characters, but much of story is rooted around one character, the witty, beautiful, slightly selfish,  Evie O’Neil.  Evie is sent to New York to live with her bachelor uncle after she humiliates her family back in Ohio.  Evie’s uncle Will, along with his assistant Jericho oversee a museums filled magical objects and things related to the occult.  Evie wants to make New York her own, seeking out the hottest clubs, fashion and trends, but she has a secret.   

There’s Theta, a Ziegfeld girl, a true beauty and Memphis a numbers runner, who are running from their pasts.  But as grisly murders with ties to the occult start happening in New York, Evie,  Theta and Memphis find that they  may never out run their pasts or their secrets,  but perhaps they’re not the only ones.  With complex and rich storytelling Bray weaves an amazing and horrific  tale that leaves readers desperately waiting for the sequel to come out.   

 

(Renee, the Loft)

 
From Teens for Teens: Nancy Drew / Carolyn Keene PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 00:00


altNancy Drew and the Secret of the Clock

 

I loved this book, because it has lots of suspense.  I would not recommend this book for people who want fast answers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

altNancy Drew and the Bungalow Mystery

 

This was a great book because of its suspense and how Nancy never gave up.

 


(Sophia D.)


 

 
Enclave / Ann Aguirre PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 November 2013 15:18

titleIn a post-apocalyptic New York City where civilization was wiped out by plague and war, fifteen-year-old Deuce has only known life underground—in the enclaves. It’s a world of darkness and brutality where your choices in life are to be a hunter, builder or breeder. No one lives past age thirty. Though the elders claim wisdom and knowledge over the ways of the world, it becomes clear to Deuce that something within their words—and her whole way of life—isn’t quite as it should be.

 

So, when Deuce turns fifteen she pairs up with another hunter, Fade—a boy who lived topside as a child—to travel towards a city above ground that is rumored to be overrun by Freaks. They find the city…but also a truth that devastates Deuce’s old way of thinking. The Freaks, once feared because they numbered so many, are now becoming more organized as if they plan and think. On top of it all, Deuce begins to have odd feelings for Fade—feelings she isn’t sure how to handle—but doesn’t want to stop.

 

Find out how Deuce’s story concludes by checking out Ann Aguirre’s Enclave, book one in the Razorland series. Her story

continues with Outpost and concludes with Horde.

 

(Ashley, the Loft)


 
From Teens for Teens: The Encyclopedia of Me / Karen Rivers PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 00:00

altThe main character is living an almost normal life with her BFFL, Freddie Blue. Until a new boy moves in next door.  She never saw FB's ugly side.

 

 

Check out The Encyclopedia of Me from the library!

 

 (Maya H.D.)

 
 
Good Kings Bad Kings / By Susan Nussbaum PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 18 November 2013 00:00

titleChicago playwright Susan Nussbaum’s powerful debut novel Good Kings Bad Kings is the story of residents and staff at a corrupt, understaffed institution for teens with profound disabilities in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood. Written in alternating chapters, this tragic, funny, and compassionate book follows a small cast of well-honed, unique characters struggling to connect, find love, weather lonesomeness, survive violence, gain dignity, and feel heard in a culture often indifferent (at best) or hostile (at worst) to people with disabilities. There’s Teddy, who’s about to age out of the home into an uncertain future, who wears the same bedraggled suit and tie every day, and who loves another “crip” – Mia – and pulls her up and down the drab hallways of the home by tying her ill-fitting chair to his mechanized one. There's Yessenia, punished with institutionalization after beating on another "crip" at her high school, who desperately misses her dead abuela, and forges a connection with a staff member who sees her true heart.  And there’s Ricky, a long-time staff member who drives the kids where they need to go, a decent, compassionate man sickened by the daily cruelties waged on the residents, and who sees the kids for who they are. Ricky, like several characters in the book, commits quiet gestures of kindness and caring that show how compassion is something requiring action: sometimes subversive, like feeding a "bad" kid a superior is starving, sometimes simply decent, like offering a person in a chair a ride home across Chicago in the rain. 

The Back of the Yards setting in Good Kings evokes The Jungle, Upton Sinclair’s 1906 muckraking novel that exposed the unsanitary hell in Chicago’s meatpacking industry and depicted the harsh lives of the immigrants who toiled there. That can't be accidental. Nussbaum has indicated in interviews her desire to galvanize change for people with disabilities through her art and Good Kings just might have the power to do that. It stands as a sort of Jungle for disability rights – shining a light on the undignified and borderline prison-like conditions within the state and private-run institutional system for people with disabilities. It implicitly advocates for the de-institutionalization of people with disabilities (many of whom would like nothing more than to live in their own homes) and depicts the value of protests large and small in all struggles for human rights. And it does all this without being didactic, but poetic, funny, full of complicated inner life.

Good Kings Bad Kings is the winner of the Pen/Bellwether, an award created by Barbara Kingsolver for works of social conscience. Find others like it on the Loft's Disability Experience in YA Literature and Windy City YA booklists. (Jarrett, The Loft)

 
 
TAB Recommends: 1984 / George Orwell PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 16 November 2013 00:00

alt"Ok, yes, you know about this book. Some old "dystopian" book for children over achievers. BUT.  It really does leave you shell shocked. For forever and ever. It really does change how you think of the world. It does not however, change your view of tyrannical dictatorships. If you don't read it, you'll still probably have to, anyway. So go read it!"

 

(Mallen, TAB)

 

 

Find 1984 in the Loft.

 

 
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