“Good Pals” by Michael C. Barrett is told in alternating chapters by two high school students: Nick and Rachel. Rachel is from a wealthier family and is still reeling from her father’s marriage to a woman young enough to be her sister. Nick has largely been raised by an uncle after being neglected by parents who were, unfortunately, victims of addiction and substance abuse.
“Blue” by L.E. Delano is an intense and completely engrossing YA novel about perspective.
This is not a guide for parents who are pulling out their hair trying to figure out what to do about that ridiculous boyfriend who can’t seem to pull up his pants and put a belt on (even though the 80s are so over), or how to manage everything from bullies to “F” grades that are appearing on report cards. No, Mr. Schaefer says that he wrote this book in order for adolescents to be able to calm themselves when chaos reigns in those teen years filled with chaos.
“Knights of the Alliance” is the first novel of a planned YA fantasy trilogy.
By utilizing friendly butterflies, smiling grasshoppers, ladybugs, earthworms and more, children can explore their adoption/kinship journey with their families; while adopted parents and caregivers can answer the questions kids have about their own distinctive paths, and make them feel comfortable.
“Ski Weekend: A Novel” is a YA thriller that will have you biting your nails down to stubs. Life hangs in the balance, but so do friendships and maybe even hope itself. This compelling story follows six teenagers on a weekend ski trip that turns incredibly wrong.
"Illyia (The Feigned Moon of Entiria Epic Serial, Book 2)" represents the kind of award-winning, completely immersive work that fantasy fans crave. It’s a character-driven story that takes you on an unforgettable trip into dark places and imaginative spaces. Well-paced and carefully plotted, you will be entertained and mystified as you venture into parts unknown.
This has all the “ingredients” for a fantastical, magical, YA story that also caters to adults who absolutely love the Potter-esque world that happens maybe twice in a lifetime. First, you have that magic number: 13. Yes, there are 13 children in this book who all possess specific extraordinary powers. Are we talking the X-Men here… just in a different package?
“Here with the Winter” introduces readers to Jessie Conrad, a young widow who lost her husband in a truck accident. Set in the 1960s, in Ohio, the story follows Jessie and her two children as she heads back to her home town of West Emmette to rebuild her life in the new area of Meadow Drive. As they begin adjusting to a new schedule and new neighbors, Jessie relies on her father’s wisdom and support.
There’s not one second where the reader will not beg for more from author Solomon Petchers. He has created a true carnival of sights and sounds that runs at the speed of a roller-coaster, yet adds those dashes of beauty and love that, to me, is what made the “Twilight” series even readable. Watching the characters grow and transform was interesting throughout the tale, and the relationships formed were, at times, mesmerizing.
In this story, Ofelia is the name of the character who takes center stage. She is the ripe old age of eleven, yet she has been upright and walking on the Earth for the past 500 years. In the 15th century, against her will, Ofelia became part of the “fanged gang” but was never a girl who wanted to remain in the group. In fact, she wanted to take them down.
Talk about a YA steampunk lover’s dream! What happens when the old way meets the new way? Tellus is a world where the old and the new clash on a daily basis, and main character, Hugh Geber, is the alchemist at the heart of the story.
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