Gabi, A Girl in Pieces.

Gabi, A Girl in pieces by isabel quinteroGabi

Summary:

Gabi Hernandez chronicles her last year in high school in her diary: college applications, Cindy’s pregnancy, Sebastian’s coming out, the cute boys, her father’s meth habit, and the food she craves. And best of all, the poetry that helps forge her identity.

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Read Across America Booklist

Publication1 Read Across America

In honor of the NEA’s Read Across America campaign on Monday, we have created a list of our titles that take place in each state. You can read your way across the USA!  This list was inspired by Epic Reads previous United States of YA book list.

Join us on Monday, March 3rd from 1-5 for our Read Across America Read In.  Bring a book to relax with or a librarian will gladly be able to help you find your next favorite book.  There will be activities and snacks offered throughout the afternoon.

The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone

The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin

The Unfinished Life of Addison StoneSummary

National Book Award-finalist Adele Griffin tells the fully illustrated story of a brilliant young artist, her mysterious death, and the fandom that won’t let her go.

From the moment she stepped foot in NYC, teenaged Addison Stone’s art made her someone to watch, and her violent drowning left her fans and critics craving to know more.  She is a tornado engulfing everyone in her path.The book is composed of  conducted interviews with those who knew her best—including close friends, family, teachers, mentors, art dealers, boyfriends, and critics—and retraced the tumultuous path of Addison’s life. All in hopes that a new light can be shed on what really happened to Addison Stone.  Was it feuding ex-boyfriends? Was it her battle with depression? Was it the ghost of Ida?

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Beth’s Pick: Welcome to the Dark House

Welcome to the Dark House By Laurie Faria Stolarz

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Summary

What’s your worst nightmare?  For Ivy Jensen, it’s the eyes of a killer that haunt her nights. For Parker Bradley, it’s bloodthirsty sea serpents that slither in his dreams.  And for seven essay contestants, it’s their worst nightmares that win them an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at director Justin Blake’s latest, confidential project.  Except, things are already a little weird. The hostess is a serial-killer look-alike, the dream-stealing Nightmare Elf is lurking about, and the seventh member of the group is missing.  By the time Ivy realizes what’s really at stake, it’s too late to wake up and run.

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2015 Printz Award Winners for Best Young Adult Fiction Announced

2015 Winner

I’ll Give You the Sun, By Jandy Nelson

Once inseparable, twins Noah and Jude are torn apart by a family tragedy that transforms their intense love for each other into intense anger. Timelines twist and turn around each other in beautifully orchestrated stories of love and longing.

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Beth’s Pick : The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender  by Leslye Walton

Summary:

Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird.

In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naive to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the Summer Solstice celebration.

That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava’s quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo.

Review:

I can’t possibly say enough to do this book justice. I am absolutely in love with this book. I took my time reading this one, as I believe everyone should, because the language is just so beautiful and lux, you need a moment between each chapter to fully savor and absorb the family saga.

I will agree that when I initially picked up this book I thought it would just be about a girl with wings, that publishers blurb is misleading and those looking for a light fantasy romp need to look elsewhere. Ava Lavender is much more akin to Weetzie Bat. Ava doesn’t appear until almost halfway through the book and you know what? I was okay with that because all of the characters are so fascinating and detailed. The magical realism is rendered in such a way that it is believable. I think part of that is that language, anything written with that much care must be true right? 200 hundred year old ghosts, sisters turned into birds, girl with angel wings, man disappears in a puff of smoke? All seem legitimate in this setting. While others might not enjoy reading all of the family history, I devoured it. Walton KNOWS her characters and makes sure the reader does too.

This book is all about love. Not always pretty and easy. Real. Complex. Both tender and harsh. “Love makes us such fools.” Agree 100%.  I hope Walton writes many more because I can’t wait to pick up another. – BK

Click here to reserve The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender in the RFPL online catalog!