My name is Lexi (rhymes with sexy) is the first line of this story in verse. Sixteen and unsure of her place in the world, she carries the burden of her baby sister’s death and the grief of those around her. Until she falls apart.
The edge of survival, literally. Coe, one of 476 survivors of a tiny island surrounded by the Ocean, is forced with everyone (except Royalty) to stand on a small platform during every high tide. Depending on the ocean’s moods, the waves have been known to sweep people out to sea. Coe, the only dark haired girl, is feared to be a demon.
On his deathbed, The King shares a secret of a path to another land with Tiam, his chosen successor. The King dies, chaos reigns, and no one can be trusted. Will Coe and Taim find the path and save the remaining survivors before the sea claims them all?
This month’s Book of the Month nod is to fashion! The book is full of creative ideas for fashion shoots and explains each step in detail. Do you know what a moodboard is? Have you ever created a storyboard? Thought about backdrops? Considered how many people are needed for a shot? This book has it all! This is a great way to “try on” different career options in the fashion industry while having a blast!
Though fiction, it’s a vivid look at what actually happened and still happens in Gulu, Uganda. McKay based this book on interviews with child soldiers, abducted from schools and from their families, who were forced to kill or be killed. These children escaped and returned to their homeland. But while they attempt to lead a normal life, they continue to carry the horrific memories with them.
The topic, transgender, is just beginning to be openly discussed in society. If you are, or know someone who is transgender, this book not only described the various aspects of transgender but portrays it through authentic stories. In order to accept transgender teens, it’s important to understand who they are. This book definitely provides that information.
Please don’t judge this book by its cover! The story is set in London which offers a unique cast of characters, the main one being Mira, of course! This is what I call a Kleenex book, surprisingly sad but with a rich mix of teen emotions in a period of two months. The story is part of a journal assignment for writing group, giving an intimate peek into Mira’s private thoughts about herself, her friends, her family, and her first love. A great read!
Lilac is the daughter of a multi-millionaire and Tarver is a soldier. While traveling on the spacecraft Icarus, an accident in hyperspace results in the death of everyone on board except Lilac and Traver who escape in a pod and become stranded on what they think is on uninhabited planet. What begins as a test of survival soon turns into love. When they find the means to contact rescue ships they ask the questions: do they really want to leave?
Hayley Kincaid and her father, a war veteran, return to his childhood home and attempt to live a normal life. Unfortunately, he has PTSD and horrible memories of war that he tries to block out with drugs and alcohol. Hayley tries to be a normal teenager but the stress of her father’s illness makes it impossible. Enter Finn, with his own family drama, who offers support, understanding, and romance. What does “happily ever after” look like for them? Read and find out, just don’t forget the Kleenex.
It’s the New Year so why not learn something new? Inside Delta Force by Eric Haney is written by a founding member of the elite, super-secret, counter-terrorist unit. It’s a detailed recollection of being chosen (with 162 other soldiers), to participate in nine months of strenuous specialized training. At the end of the nine months all that remained were 18 soldiers, and after the commander’s board evaluation, Haney was one of twelve soldiers to form the first Delta Force unit. This is an inside view of a unit “that doesn’t exist” but is in operation all over the world!