Under the Mesquite
By Guadalupe Garcia McCall
In this beautiful novel in verse, Lupita struggles not only with your typical teenage challenges but also those that come along with being a recent immigrant to the United States and finding out your mother has cancer. Her close-knit family, acting and writing help her to get through difficult times.
This is a perfect book for anyone who has lost a loved one, is an aspiring writer or actor or just likes a good story about growing up and finding your place in the world. Check it out!
How They Croaked: The Awful ends of the Awfully Famous
By Georgia Bragg, Illustrated by Kevin O’Malley
So, you’ve probably learned all about the lives of famous people like Cleopatra, George Washington and Christopher Columbus, but did anyone ever teach you about how they died? This book covers the deaths of 19 famous people with all the gory details.
Check this one out to learn what they leave out of the history books…but stay far away if you can’t handle gross!
Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick
By Joe Schreiber
Prom. Perry is sure that he is in for the most boring night of his life…but he couldn’t be more wrong. He was planning to skip the dance for a gig in New York City but his parents have a different idea. They want him to take their weird Lithuanian exchange student, Gobi, to the prom and there isn’t any room for discussion. At least Perry gets to take his dad’s Jag.
It turns out that Gobi doesn’t really care about high school functions either and she insists they make the trip into the city. It seems like things are looking up until Perry finds out that Gobi isn’t really an exchange student. She’s an undercover assassin (a hot one) with a mission to complete before the night is over and she needs Perry to drive. The lives of his family are at stake and Perry is forced into helping Gobi through car chases, explosions, torture and revenge in what turns out to the the craziest night of his life.
You’re in for a wild ride! Once you start this quick read you won’t be able to put it down.
By Nnedi Okorafor
Life is rough for Sunny Nwazue. She is Nigerian but spent the first nine years of her life in the U.S. and is she is seen as an outsider by her schoolmates. Now, add on the fact that she’s albino and you can guess that Sunny isn’t the most popular girl in her small Nigerian town. Strange things begin to happen to Sunny and she learns it is because she is a “leopard person” with magical powers. A whole new world is opened up to her but Sunny has to keep it secret from everyone who isn’t also a leopard person. Training starts right away, but will she learn to use her powers quickly enough to stop whoever is responsible for a string of child murders before he kills again?
If you like Harry Potter give this one a try!
I’ll Be There
By Holly Goldberg Sloan
Sam and Riddle have lived almost their whole lives on the run after being abducted by their unstable father. Sam has always looked out for his younger brother because nobody else does. Riddle looks up to Sam but he hardly ever speaks. Life is anything but happy for these two boys but then Sam meets Emily Bell and everything changes.
Sam and Emily are instantly drawn to one another and eventually both boys are welcomed into the Bell household. Sam and Riddle get their first glimpse of normal life and discover that it is more wonderful than they could have imagined. When their father finds out that they have been going to the Bell’s for dinner he forces the boys to leave behind everything once again, but this time he’s really angry and doesn’t plan on letting his sons hold him down any longer. What they think is just another move to another city turns into a fight for their lives.
This is an amazing story of family, survival and how the people that come into your life, even for just a brief moment, can change things forever. Read this book! Really. It’s SO good!
By Libba Bray
The story begins with a plane crash that leaves teen beauty pageant contestants stranded on a “deserted” island and it’s a wild and crazy ride until the end. Sure the girls must face life without the conveniences they are used to, but add in giant snakes, hallucinogenic plants, reality TV pirates and a hidden island stronghold with inhabitants that want the girls gone (as in dead) and things start to get really interesting. This book is funny, exciting and just might make you think. Check it out!
Hothouse: A Novel
By Chris Lynch
Russell’s dad is his hero and a firefighter at the local station known as the Hothouse, but he becomes everyone’s hero when he gives his life, attempting to save a woman from her burning home. Russ is proud of his dad and this helps him deal with the loss until shocking questions arise that challenge whether his father was a hero at all. Russ refuses to believe the things that people are saying about his father, but then he begins to wonder…did he ever really know him at all?