Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Doug’s family is a disaster. His oldest brother Lucas is in the army fighting the war in Vietnam, and they haven’t heard from him in almost a year. His parents do nothing but fight, and his dad seems to hate his three sons.

But Doug may have the opportunity for a new life when his family moves to a small town in Northern New York State. Here he meets a girl named Lil Spicer, who rides a pink bike and teaches him to drink a really cold Coke; an old man at the library who shows him how to draw; and Doug gets a job as a grocery delivery boy for Lil’s father. But just when he thinks he may be okay in this town, his brother Christopher is accused of stealing from multiple stores, and there is no way to convince the police that he is innocent.

Doug is capable of rising to the occasion, but will it be enough?

 

Find it in Auburn PL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Schmidt, G.

Poison Ivy by Amy Koss

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

For years, Ivy has been bullied by her classmates, led by Ann. Now she has finally brought her complaint to her social studies teacher – who thinks that it would be a great opportunity to practice what they’ve been learning about American court systems and sets up a mock trial.

Ivy and her painfully shy lawyer, Daria, are to present an accusation against Ann and her friends. Ann and her lawyer, Owen, know that they don’t have anything to worry about – but the jury may end up being in favor of Ivy. And there’s only a couple of witnesses who know the truth – but which side will they take?

 

Find it in Auburn PL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Koss, A.

Safekeeping by Karen Hesse

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Radley went to Haiti to do volunteer work and to get away from the impending threat of the American People’s Party, who are likely to take over in the next election. When she gets home, she discovers that they have, and that the country is in an uproar.

Her parents have vanished and it’s not safe for her to stay at home. So Radley starts walking down the roads of Vermont, heading for Canada, where she may be safe. On the way there she meets another young woman named Celia, who is obviously hiding something. But what is it? Will there be safety in Canada? Will Radley ever find her parents again? You will have to read the book to find out!

 

Find it in Auburn PL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Hesse, K.

Heat by Mike Lupica

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Michael is twelve years old and has no birth certificate to prove it. He has the best pitching arm anybody in the Little League has ever seen – which is why the rival coaches suspect that he is lying about his age and is actually much older.

Michael’s coach, downstairs neighbor, best friends, and brother Carlos all know that he isn’t lying. But with his dad dead, Michael has no way to prove his age and that may take him out of the game. Unless they can get his birth certificate from Cuba in time for the championship game. And he and Carlos are ready to try.

 

Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Lupica, M.

Curveball: The Year I Lost my Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Peter has always had a great life. His family is close, especially he and his grandfather. He’s learning photography, and he and his best friend AJ are the star pitchers of their baseball team. Nothing’s wrong for Pete!

But then a pitching accident takes away baseball — permanently. Pete has no choice but to join his school’s Advanced Photography club. Here he meets a girl named Angelika, who seems to understand him really well. But just when things are starting to get better, Pete begins to notice weird stuff going on with his grandfather.  And there’s nothing he can do about it.

 

Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Sonnenblick, J.

Girl, Stolen by April Henry

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Cheyenne was just going to stay in the back of the car while her stepmom ran into the drugstore to pick up a prescription for Cheyenne’s pneumonia. Cheyenne is blind and left her guide dog at home, which turns out to be a mistake — a big mistake.

Griffin is the son of a car thief and a criminal. When he sees a Cadillac sitting running in the parking lot with no one in it, he can’t resist. What he doesn’t realize is that the daughter of Nike’s president is in the back of the car.

Cheyenne finds herself being held prisoner, desperately sick and desperate to escape. And for the first time, Griffin is caring for someone other than himself. But will that be enough to get Cheyenne out before it’s too late?

 

Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Henry, A.

All-American Girl by Meg Cabot

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Samantha just wants to draw pictures in her own way and not get in trouble for being in love with her big sister, Lucy’s, boyfriend. But when Lucy is the most popular girl at school and her younger sister, Rebecca, is a nationally certified genius, Sam feels forgotten by everyone.

Things begin to look up when Sam skips art class and ends up saving the president from an assassin. But when Sam realizes that the president’s son, David, is in love with her and that she’s been named the Teen Ambassador to the United Nations, things get way more complicated.

 

Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Cabot, M.

A Time for Dancing by Davida Wills Hurwin

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Sam and Jules have been best friends and fellow ballet dancers for years. They’re beginning their senior year of high school when Jules is suddenly diagnosed with a deadly form of cancer. Everything changes.

Sam tries to cope with her mom’s love life and her own first boyfriend. Jules is constantly at the hospital, getting chemo, near death many times. Even as they’re drifting apart, Sam and Jules hang on to their friendship, desperate for what little time they have left.

 

Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Hurwin, D.

The Wanderer by Sharon Creech

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Sophie was adopted when she was young and has a past — a past that haunts her. All she can remember is a huge white wave. So when her uncles and cousins decide to sail across the Atlantic Ocean on their small private sailboat, called the Wanderer, to visit Bompie, their grandfather, she decides to go along to see if she can overcome her past.

On the way, Sophie tells stories about Bompie — stories that none of her family have ever heard before. Her cousin Cody is learning to accept her. But in the face of a horrible storm, can Sophie find the strength to leave the past behind? You will have to read to find out.

 

Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC Creech, S.

Thou Shalt Not Road Trip by Antony John

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Luke’s book, written at church camp, is suddenly a best seller. He’s off on a promotional tour down Route 66 — a tour which might get a little crazy. Matt, Luke’s happy-go-lucky brother, is driving him, Matt’s girlfriend Alex, and Alex’s sister Fran.  Completely the wrong group of people for this kind of road trip! Luke used to be in love with Fran — before she changed — and now he’s desperate to reclaim her as the girl she once was.

 

Find it in APL TEEN Fiction YA FIC John, A.

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