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Review of The Power of Yeti

The Power of Yeti by Rebecca Van Slyke; illus. by G. Brian KarasPrimary    Paulsen/Penguin    32 pp.9/23    9780399169588    $18.99e-book ed.  9780593407691    $10.99When a rosy-cheeked “small-footed human” visits the park, he spies a gaggle of friends showing off their playground skills—they are sports stars, reading machines, and even adept backwards-counters. Small-footed human,...

Review of All My Rage

All My Rage by Sabaa TahirHigh School    Razorbill/Penguin    384 pp.    g3/22    978-0-593-20234-0    $19.99e-book ed.  978-0-593-20235-7    $10.99In this stark and searing sort-of love story, two Pakistani American teens living in a California desert town struggle to choose connection over isolation when family crises strike. Salahudin—artsy, aimless, and anxious—feels the weight of...

Review of Lawless Spaces

Lawless Spaces by Corey Ann HayduHigh School    Simon    496 pp.    g1/22    978-1-5344-3706-7    $18.99e-book ed.  978-1-5344-3708-1    $10.99When Mimi turns sixteen, her mother, Tiffany, ­delivers a family inheritance: notebooks filled with poetry penned by their female ancestors and a blank one in which to write her own. Mimi—a guarded loner whose DIY...

Review of When We Make It

When We Make It by Elisabet Velasquez Middle School, High School    Dial    384 pp.    g 9/21    978-0-593-32448-6    $19.99 e-book ed.  978-0-593-32449-3    $10.99 Drawing on her experience growing up in 1990s Brooklyn, debut author Velasquez paints a complex portrait of a strong-voiced teen in this compelling verse novel. Sarai, thirteen when...

Review of I Have Lost My Way

I Have Lost My Wayby Gayle FormanHigh School    Viking    258 pp.    g3/18    978-0-425-29077-4    $18.99A chance meeting leads to intimate connections for three struggling nineteen-year-olds in Forman’s (If I Stay, rev. 7/09; I Was Here, rev. 1/15) latest novel. Freya is an up-and-coming singer who has lost her voice, to her...

Review of The Fashion Committee

The Fashion Committee: A Novel of Art, Crime, and Applied Designby Susan JubyHigh School    Viking    311 pp.5/17    978-0-451-46878-9    $18.99From the world of artsy teens in small-town British Columbia first introduced in Juby’s The Truth Commission (rev. 3/15) comes another sly, boldly narrated contemporary tale. Two public high school students —...

Review of When My Sister Started Kissing

When My Sister Started Kissingby Helen FrostIntermediate, Middle School    Ferguson/Farrar    195 pp.3/17    978-0-374-30303-7    $16.99    gClaire and Abigail have few memories of their mother — she died when they were very young — but at their family’s lakeside cabin, the girls are surrounded by the poetry,...

Review of We Come Apart

We Come Apartby Brian Conaghan and Sarah CrossanHigh School    Bloomsbury    312 pp.    g6/17    978-1-68119-275-8    $17.99e-book ed.  978-1-68119-276-5    $12.99Two troubled UK teens forge an unlikely romance in this novel in verse. Jess, a jaded tough girl, nicked some cosmetics with friends who let her take...

Review of Ask Me How I Got Here

Ask Me How I Got Hereby Christine HeppermannHigh School    Greenwillow    229 pp.5/16    978-0-06-238795-0    $17.99    ge-book ed.  978-0-06-238797-4    $9.99Catholic-school sophomore Addie loves running cross-country, writing poetry, and having sex with her thoughtful, artsy new boyfriend, Nick. Then Addie gets pregnant. Her decision to have an abortion is unwavering, and she has...

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