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See No Color / Shannon Gibney PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 May 2016 00:00

altAlex was so sure of her life.  She did great in school, loved her adopted family and excelled at baseball.  When younger sister begins to question how Alex feels about being mixed when her family is white and then hands her a file her parents have been hiding everything begin to change.  From the file Alex finds not only her adoption information, but letters from her adoptive father.  Alex begins to question everything, where she really fits in – her white family pretending they don’t see the color of her skin isn’t right, but the black kids at school think she’s too white.  Alex doesn’t know who to turn to, or who can really understand what she’s going through. See No Color, sheds light on the transracial adoption experience and is a thought provoking read. 

(Renee, the Loft)

Ana Recommends: Tomboy / Liz Prince PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 10 April 2016 00:00

 altI really liked this book. Tomboy is the memoir of Liz Prince, it shows her growing up as someone questioning the gender roles of society. The book starts off with Prince at a young age dressing like a boy, also known as a tomboy, the book shows the reader about what it's like being bullied because you're different. As her life goes on you see how Prince grows into being herself and the challenges that come along with it.

 I personally wouldn’t have thought to pick up this book on my own since I usually stick to a certain genre. (I actually started reading it because of a book club) Once I started this book I couldn’t put it down, it really shows what society chooses to believe about the stereotypical genders. I give this book 4.5 stars out of 5.



Nightfall / Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 April 2016 00:00

altThe days are getting shorter and shorter until there is no daytime at all only night.  This night won’t last a day or two it will last 14 years. Marin, Kana and Line all live on an island where this 14 years of darkness is a reality.  Everyone must pack up their things and board ships before night comes because along with night comes terrible things.  When Line doesn’t make it to the boats on time, Marin and Kana cannot abandon him so they go to find him.  Finally, they track him down and bring him back to the beach, but all the boats are gone and night is arriving.  Marin, Kana and Line are on their own and the terrors of Nightfall are on to their scent. 

(Renee, the Loft)

Ana Recommends: Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda/ Becky Albertalli PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 April 2016 00:00

altThis book is about a gay teenage boy named Simon Spier, who is not openly gay. He has been exchanging emails with another boy who goes by the name Blue when they talk through emails. Unfortunately Simon’s email to Blue falls into the hands of Martin, the class clown, who blackmails him into getting his friend to like him. Simon and his friends are going through the normal troubles of high school not to mention this being piled on top of it. He will have to step out of his comfort zone to make sure his friend, Blue and his sexuality don’t get out.

I personally wouldn’t have picked up this book on my own. (I actually started reading it because of a book club) Once I started this book I absolutely loved it. I love how it shows what some people go through, hiding their identities, because they are afraid of what will happen. I give this book 4.5 stars out of 5.

(Ana, Evanston Teen)


We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 28 March 2016 08:47

altThirteen-year-old Stewart and Fourteen-year-old Ashley couldn't be more opposite. She's uber popular, on the top of the social pyramid at school, and couldn't care less about her grades (some of the time). He's extremely smart but socially awkward with people his own age. They would have never crossed paths had their parents never decided to move in together. Now they're forced into an awkward not-really brother-sister relationship.

 Stewart wants to try to be friends with Ashley, especially since he's had a rough year. His mother recently died and there have been a lot of changes in his life. New school, new friends, new house and he wants to find the positive things about living with a new family. Ashley on the other hand wants to have nothing to do with any of it. She's hiding the real reason her dad moved out of the house and goes to extreme lengths to make sure no one finds out--including Stewart. Ashley assumes Stewart's arrival at school is a threat to her position in the social pyramid.

Through a series of unfortunate events surrounding a common frenemy, Ashley and Stewart realize that they may be just what the other needed. Nielsen weaves a story of friendship through unlikely means in We Are All Made of Molecules.

(Ashley, the Loft)

Ana Recommends: Teen Idol / Meg Cabot PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 13 March 2016 00:00

altJenny Greenley is just normal junior in high school other than the fact that she is the school's anonymous advice columnist. When Luke Striker, A famous Hollywood star, comes to her school to research a role she is trusted with the secret of who he really is. Eventually everyone finds out and Jenny's life turns chaotic.

I really liked this book. I just picked it up and it took me 2 days to read it. I really like the fact that you can sort of relate to it. Of course not the part about the celebrity but the parts about teenage drama. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

(Evanston Teen)
The Woods: The Arrow Vol. 1 / Jaems Tynion IV, Michael Dialynas PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 March 2016 00:00

altIt was just another average school day at Bay Point Prep in Wisconsin, but suddenly a searing light blazes through the school.  Students and staff rush outside to figure out what happened and find themselves surround by a world they don’t recognize.  There’s massive arrow shaped structure stuck in the ground outside some woods.  Some students think the arrow beckons them to enter the woods and to find answers. Others think it’s best to stay at the school and come up with a survival plan.  For both groups it becomes very clear that they need to get to the bottom things fast when monsters start attacking and devouring their classmates.   The Woods: The Arrow Vol 1, has a little bit  of everything with monsters, suspense and some classmate drama, plus Volume 2: The Swarm is out now too. 

(Renee, the Loft)

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