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Review of The Memory of Things

The Memory of Thingsby Gae PolisnerHigh School    St. Martin’s Griffin    275 pp.9/16    978-1-250-09552-7    $18.99    ge-book ed.  978-1-250-09553-4    $9.99It’s the morning of September 11, 2001, in Manhattan, and the first tower has just fallen. Sixteen-year-old Brooklynite Kyle, fleeing toward home, stumbles upon a teenage girl wearing a pair of costume wings...

Review of The Three Lucys

The Three Lucysby Hayan Charara; illus. by Sara KahnPrimary    Lee & Low    40 pp.9/16    978-1-60060-998-5    $18.95    gLebanese boy Luli loves his three cats: Lucy the Fat, Lucy the Skinny, and Lucy Lucy. Excited for his family’s annual weekend visit to his aunt Layla and uncle Adel’s house in Beirut, Luli...

Review of If I Was Your Girl

If I Was Your Girlby Meredith RussoHigh School    Flatiron    290 pp.5/16    978-1-250-07840-7    $17.99    ge-book ed.  978-1-250-07842-1    $9.99After being beaten up in a mall bathroom, eighteen-year-old transgender woman Amanda goes to live with her previously unsupportive father in Lambertville, Tennessee, where no one knows her from her pre-transition life. Though she’s...

Review of The Sun Is Also a Star

The Sun Is Also a Starby Nicola YoonHigh School    Delacorte    349 pp.11/16    978-0-553-49668-0    $18.99Library ed.  978-0-553-49669-7    $21.99    ge-book ed.  978-0-553-49670-3    $10.99New York City high school senior Natasha believes in science and rationality. An undocumented immigrant from Jamaica, she and her family are facing immediate deportation thanks to her father’s DUI...

Review of Draw the Line

Draw the Lineby Laurent Linn; illus. by the authorHigh School    McElderry    520 pp.5/16    978-1-4814-5280-9    $17.99    ge-book ed.  978-1-4814-5282-3    $10.99Adrian’s junior year in high school is not going well. A self-loathing closeted teen stuck in small-town Texas, he’s surrounded by “Bubbas” whose primary values are football and beer. Although he finds...

Radioactive!: How Irène Curie & Lise Meitner 
Revolutionized Science and 
Changed the World

Radioactive!: How Irène Curie & Lise Meitner 
Revolutionized Science and 
Changed the Worldby Winifred ConklingMiddle School, High School   Algonquin   227 pp.1/16   978-1-61620-415-0   $17.95e-book ed. 978-1-61620-555-3   $17.95While there have been plenty of biographies of Marie Curie for teens, little has been published for this audience about her daughter, Irène. Conkling’s biography...

Review of The Great American Whatever

The Great American Whateverby Tim FederleHigh School    Simon    276 pp.3/16    978-1-4814-0409-9    $17.99    ge-book ed.  978-1-4814-0411-2    $10.99Sixteen-year-old Quinn’s life is static: less than a year after his sister’s fatal car crash in front of their school and his father’s subsequent departure, his screenwriting ambitions have been put on hold, his social...

Simmons Summer Institute: Love Letters

From July 26th to 28th, over one hundred teachers, librarians, students, publishing professionals, academics, and children’s literature enthusiasts gathered at Simmons College for the Center for the Study of Children's Literature's biennial Summer Institute. This year’s theme was “Love Letters,” and each day was filled with fascinating presentations by authors,...

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (spoilers ahead!)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (Warner Bros., July 2011; PG-13) opened in theaters on Friday to the delight and trepidation of fans everywhere. Movie-goers be warned: there is no summary or introduction as in the previous films — they really did just split one long film into...

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