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Review of A Scatter of Light

A Scatter of Light by Malinda Lo High School     Dutton    336 pp.         g10/22     978-0-525-55528-5     $18.99e-book ed.  978-0-525-55529-2    $10.99 The summer before heading to MIT, in 2013, eighteen-year-old Aria finds herself banished to her artist grandmother’s remote Northern California home after an unfortunate revenge porn incident....

Review of We Weren’t Looking to Be Found

We Weren’t Looking to Be Found by Stephanie KuehnHigh School    Hyperion    320 pp.   g6/22    978-1-368-06410-1    $17.99Dani is a sixteen-year-old debutante whose “life revolved around Black cotillion and Black society and Black choir,” until she started to rebel by drinking and using drugs. Camila is a Latina teen dancer who...

Review of The Most Dazzling Girl in Berlin

The Most Dazzling Girl in Berlin by Kip Wilson High School    Versify/HarperCollins    416 pp.    g 3/22    978-0-358-44890-7    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-358-44776-4    $9.99 In 1932 Berlin, orphaned eighteen-year-old Hilde is seeking work and a purpose. She finds both (perhaps with implausible ease) at Café Lila, a gay nightclub reminiscent of Cabaret’s...

Review of Cold

Cold by Mariko TamakiHigh School    Roaring Brook    240 pp.    g2/22    978-1-62672-273-6    $18.99Teens Georgia and Todd would seem to have little in common, especially given that Todd is, well, dead. But when Todd’s nude, frozen body is discovered in a local park, Georgia is intrigued by the mystery. She interrogates those...

Review of Big Apple Diaries

Big Apple Diaries by Alyssa Bermudez; illus. by the author Intermediate, Middle School    Roaring Brook    256 pp.    g 8/21    978-1-250-77428-6    $14.99 Bermudez mined her middle-school diaries to create this appealing debut graphic memoir set in NYC just before and after 9/11. Twelve-year-old Alyssa splits her time between her Puerto Rican...

Review of Switch

Switch by A.S. King High School    Dutton    240 pp.    g 5/21    978-0-525-55551-3    $17.99 “It is, and has been, June 23, 2020, for nine months now.” Global time has inexplicably paused. The U.S. government has created a new school curriculum called “Solution Time” that instructs students “to solve the world’s time...

Review of Ophie's Ghosts

Ophie’s Ghosts by Justina Ireland Intermediate, Middle School    Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins    336 pp.    g 5/21    978-0-06-291589-4    $16.99 e-book ed.  978-0-06-291585-6    $9.99 “When she was twelve, Ophelia Harrison saw her first ghost” — that of her father. Having been lynched for voting as a Black man in 1920s Georgia, he appears...

Review of Last Night at the Telegraph Club

Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo High School    Dutton    416 pp.    g 1/21    978-0-525-55525-4    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-0-525-55526-1    $10.99 High school senior Lily Hu lives in San Francisco’s Chinatown in 1954 with her medical professional parents; she behaves obediently and dreams of working at the Jet Propulsion...

Review of Where We Go from Here

Where We Go from Here by Lucas Rocha; trans. from Brazilian Portuguese by Larissa Helena High School    PUSH/Scholastic    288 pp.    g 6/20    978-1-338-55624-7    $18.99 e-book ed.  978-1-338-63375-7    $11.99 In this translated novel from Brazilian debut author Rocha, three young gay men (two protagonists are eighteen, one is twenty-one) living in...

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