Genre: Social Issues

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Nov 07
Echo Review

Echo Review

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan Publisher: Scholastic Inc. Date Published: February 24th 2015 Genres: Historical, Music, Performing Arts, Social Issues, Social Themes, Young Adult Format: Audiobook Pages: 592 Audiobook Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins Audiobook Narrator: Andrews MacLeod, David de Vries, Mark Bramhall, Rebecca Soler Rating: Description: Music, magic, and a real-life miracle meld in this genre-defying masterpiece from Newbery Honoree Pam Muñoz Ryan! Winner of a 2016 Newbery Honor, ECHO pushes the boundaries of genre, form, and storytelling innovation. Lost and alone in a forbidden forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a… Read more »

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Aug 08
Bookish Chat – I’ll Give You the Sun

Bookish Chat – I’ll Give You the Sun

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson Publisher: Dial Books Date Published: 2014 Genres: Death & Dying, Family, Love & Romance, Siblings, Social Issues, Young Adult Format: Audiobook Pages: 371 Audiobook Length: 12 hours 57 minutes Audiobook Narrator: Jesse Bernstein, Julia Whelan Source: Free audiobook download from Sync summer audio pairings Rating: Description: The New York Times Bestselling story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal for fans of John Green, Jenny Offill, Emma Straub, and Rainbow Rowell Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with… Read more »

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May 27
Book Review – The Serpent King

Book Review – The Serpent King

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner Publisher: Random House Children’s Books Date Published: March 8th 2016 Genres: Adolescence, Coming of Age, Friendship, Love & Romance, Physical & Emotional Abuse, Social Issues, Young Adult Format: eBook Pages: 384 Rating: Description: Named one of the Most Anticipated YA Books of 2016 by Paste Magazine and Popcrush.com   “A story about friendship, family and forgiveness, it’s as funny and witty as it is utterly heartbreaking.” —PasteMagazine.com   “Will fill the infinite space that was left in your chest after you finished The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” —BookRiot.com   “A brutally honest portrayal… Read more »

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Dec 18
Book Review – Winter Town

Book Review – Winter Town

Winter Town by Stephen Emond Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Date Published: December 5th 2011 Genres: Adolescence, Family, Friendship, Love & Romance, Parents, Social Issues, Young Adult Format: Hardcover Pages: 336 Rating: Description: Every winter, straight-laced, Ivy League bound Evan looks forward to a visit from Lucy, a childhood pal who moved away after her parent’s divorce. But when Lucy arrives this year, she’s changed. The former “girl next door” now has chopped dyed black hair, a nose stud, and a scowl. But Evan knows that somewhere beneath the Goth, “Old Lucy” still exists, and he’s determined to… Read more »

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Nov 24
UnDivided Review

UnDivided Review

UnDivided by Neal Shusterman Series: Unwind #4 Publisher: Simon and Schuster Date Published: October 14th 2014 Genres: Action & Adventure, Death & Dying, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Social Issues, Young Adult Format: Audiobook Pages: 384 Rating: Description: Teens control the fate of America in the fourth and final book in the New York Times bestselling Unwind dystology by Neal Shusterman that Horn Book Magazine calls “ambitious, insightful, and devastating—a fitting conclusion to a provocative series.” Proactive Citizenry, the company that created Cam from the parts of unwound teens, has a plan: to mass produce rewound teens like Cam for military purposes…. Read more »

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Oct 07
Secrets, Lies, and the French Quarter – Out of the Easy Review.

Secrets, Lies, and the French Quarter – Out of the Easy Review.

Out of The Easy by Ruta Sepetys Publisher: Penguin Date Published: February 12th 2013 Genres: 20th Century, Historical, Historical Fiction, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Young Adult Format: Audiobook Pages: 368 Audiobook Length: 9 hours 51 minutes Audiobook Narrator: Lauren Fortgang Rating: Description: “A haunting peek at the life of a teenage girl in 1950s New Orleans.”–Entertainment Weekly   It’s 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than… Read more »

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Oct 02
Book Review – All the Bright Places

Book Review – All the Bright Places

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven Publisher: Random House Children’s Books Date Published: January 6th 2015 Genres: Death & Dying, Depression & Mental Illness, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult Format: Audiobook Pages: 400 Audiobook Length: 11 hours 4 minutes Audiobook Narrator: Ariadne Meyers, Kirby Heyborne Rating: Description: The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this exhilarating and heart-wrenching love story about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Elle Fanning!   Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly… Read more »

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Sep 11
Book Review – Isla and the Happily Ever After

Book Review – Isla and the Happily Ever After

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins Series: Anna and the French Kiss #3 Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated Date Published: 2014 Genres: Dating & Sex, Friendship, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult Format: eBook Pages: 339 Rating: Description: Stephanie Perkins’s characters fall in love the way we all want to, in real time and for good.” Rainbow Rowell, Award-winning, bestselling author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl A New York Times Bestseller Love ignites in the City That Never Sleeps, but can it last? Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since… Read more »

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Jul 03
Book Review – Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Book Review – Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan, John Green Publisher: Dutton E P (children) Date Published: 2010 Genres: Coming of Age, Friendship, Homosexuality, Performing Arts, Social Issues, Theater, Young Adult Format: Audiobook Pages: 310 Audiobook Length: 7 hours 52 minutes Audiobook Narrator: MacLeod Andrews, Nick Podehl Rating: Description: One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens, both named Will Grayson, are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high… Read more »

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