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The PROBLEM with FOREVER

problemwithforever.jpgThe PROBLEM with FOREVER (Harlequin TEEN, 2016) by Jennifer L. Armentrout is a wow of a book! I couldn't stop reading. It's compelling, sad, sweet, scary, and good. It's also a 2017 RITA Award Winner.

Mallory Dodge is taking the scary step out of homeschooling with her adoptive family to be a senior year at a high school. Since her years in foster care conditioned her to be silent, it's going to be very difficult for her to talk to other kids, to speak up in class, to deal with all the noise, and to prove to herself that she's changed.

Mallory often doesn't say a lot out loud, but as readers we get an inside look at what's going on in her head.

Jennifer L. Armentrout is one prolific writer as well as being a NYT bestselling author. On her website I found 22 other YA novels--most are part of different series. She also writes New Adult and Adult. You might want to take a look at the bio of this amazing gal.



Leave Me Alone!

Perfect Picture Book Friday

LeaveMeAlone.jpegLeave Me Alone! (Roaring Brook Press, 2016) written and illustrated by Vera Brosgol is a fun picture book that goes from normal life to the fantastic and back again.

An old woman just wants to be left alone to do her knitting, but her grandchildren won't leave her and her yarn alone. So she goes to the forest. Then the bears won't leave her alone. So she goes to the mountainside where the goats won't leave her alone. At the top of the mountain she . . .

You'll have to read it yourself to find out what happens. I like the humor, the language, the illustrations. It makes me smile.

The book is Vera's debut picture book and a Caldecott Honor award winner, too. Learn more about Vera on her website where you can see more about her art and writing and even buy prints.


Wolfie the Bunny

Perfect Picture Book Friday

wolfiethebunny.jpegWolfie the Bunny (Little, Brown and Company, 2015) by Ame Dyckman and illustrated by Zachariah OHora is a funny twist on the new baby book. It makes me smile whenever I think of it.

When Dot's bunny family finds and abandoned wolf baby on the doorstep, young Dot warns, "HE'S GOING TO EAT US ALL UP!" But her parents don't believe her. Wolfie eats carrots, he sleeps, he drools, until one day . . .

You'll have to read the end of this New York Times bestselling book yourself. :-) Or you can listen to Ame read it here. (And see Zachariah as Wolfie!)

Read about Ame on her website where you can learn more about her and her other books.

Zachariah has 10 books out--two he illustrated by Ame, and four he wrote himself as well as illustrated--read about them here. On this page you can see lots of sample work in his portfolio.

The Only Road

TheOnlyRoad.jpegThe Only Road (Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016) by Alexandra Diaz is a book I wish I could get everyone to read.

After the murder of his cousin Miguel, twelve-year-old Jaime and his fifteen-year-old cousin Angela either have to join the destructive gangs in their village or leave Guatemala. To keep them safe their families spend everything they have to get the two the United States where Jaime's brother Tomas lives. But once the two are on their way, they are on their own. They face discovery by la migra, gang violence, death by train, hunger, thievery, thirst all in their quest for a safe place to live.

The Only Road is inspired by true events (not the author's) and is a Pura Belpré Honor book!

Alexandra Diaz has this at the head of her website: "Writing: to experience life in someone else's shoes." That's one of the reasons we read and why I'd like others to read this book.

Alexandra is also the author of Good Girls Don't Lie--a YA novel--and other books. On her bio page there are lots of links to interviews, too.


The Wolf's Boy

wolf'sboy.jpegThe Wolf's Boy (Disney-Hyperion, 2016) by Susan Williams Beckhorn is a touching tale of a boy who struggles because he doesn't fit in.

Twelve-year-old Kai has a club foot, so he's not allowed to touch weapons, or hunt. When Kai rescues a motherless wolf club, he's warned that she can't eat the People's food. As the yellow cub grows, the People look on her as a threat. With winter approaching Kai and Uff leave the village. How can a boy who can't even hunt survive on his own?

This book is a Junior Library Guild Selection and a 2017 Notable Children's Book. I love the cover too.

Read about Susan here where you can also see a picture of the stone house that she and her husband built themselves. And read about her other books here. She's also an illustrator.

The PROBLEM with FOREVER

Leave Me Alone!

Wolfie the Bunny

The Only Road

The Wolf's Boy

The Girl of Fire and Thorns

Mother Bruce

One for the Murphys

The Girl Who Drank the Moon

Echo

All Four Stars

The Crossover

The Year We Sailed the Sun

Ship Breaker

Prisoner 88

El Deafo

On My Way to Buy Eggs

This Girl Is Different

Payback - Nickel Bay Nick

Quick and Cute - Number One Sam

Dory Fantasmagory

MG Adventure in Verse - May B.

Discoveries and Escapes - Rooftoppers

A Wow Adventure

Dangerous Adventure - Badger Knight

An Eggstraordinary Story - Under the Egg

MG Mystery - Three Times Lucky

A Boy and an Elephant - Chained

Secrets! - The Pledge

Hilariously Creepy - Creepy Carrots

Moving Story - The Stamp Collector

Cute Grandma Story - Silly Frilly Grandma Tilly

Heartbreaker - The One and Only Ivan

The amazing Laini Taylor - Daughter of Smoke & Bone

Eye-opening Historical - Jepp, Who Defied the Stars

Anything But Typical

Historical MG in Verse - Inside Out and Back Again

Amazing Historical - The Year We Were Famous

Fascinating problem - Flip

Whose life? - How to save a life

Another time and now - Blessing's Bead

Just love this kid! - Okay for Now

A book with heart - Heart of a Shepherd

Really good story - Grounded

One Strong Girl! - One Crazy Summer

Distinct voices - Blink & Caution

Great first line - Split

Very Very Good! - Crunch

Very Interesting - The Everafter

Real or not real? - The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

Funny pet story - Guinea Dog

Something a bit different - Ashes

Fearful stuff - Countdown

What a sweet winner! - Moon Over Manifest

Unputdownable Fantasy - The Demon King

Shortlisted? - Mockingbird

Facts just slip into your mind - The Red Umbrella

Book Felt SO Real - memoirs of a teenage amnesiac

Great First Line - How to Steal a Dog

Book 1 - glad more is coming - Shiver

Newbery honor book - The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

Great opening scene - The Middle of Somewhere

You thought you had it tough? - Sweetgrass Basket

Unforgettable - Unwind

Character Growth - Red Glass & Mexican WhiteBoy

Got voice? - Penny from Heaven & Elijah of Buxton

2009 Newbery Winner - The Graveyard Book

Fantasy to Love - Graceling

A 2009 Newbery honor book - Savvy