January Book of the Month

This month’s pick is Stronger than you know by Jolene Perry

Joy, an emotionally broken teen, arrives at her Aunt and Uncle’s house after being removed from her Mother by Social Services. After suffering years of physical and emotional abuse, she finally experiences life in a normal family. Slowly, Joy finds the strength to heal and allow love and kindness into her life.

This book is recommended for the mature reader due to the subject matter.

December Book of the Month

This month’s pick is Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire

This is an intriguing tale of mystery, adventure, mistaken identity, fairy tales and Baga Yaga! It begins when Elena, a peasant, and Ekaterina, of high society, accidently switch places. Set in Russia, the weather is going crazy, but how can a magical house that walks on chicken legs, a cat that talks, a Faberge egg, and a Firebird egg help to set things right? Let’s start with Baga Yaga, if you remember, she eats children!

November Book of the Month

This month’s pick is Teeny little grief machines by Linda Oatman High.

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.

September Book of the Month

This month’s pic is drowned by Nichola Reilly.

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?

August Book of the Month

This month’s pic is DIY Fashion Shoot Book by Emily Stein and Celia Willis.

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!

July Book of the Month

This month’s pic is War Brothers: The Graphic Novel by Sharon E. McKay.

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.

June Book of the Month

This month’s pic is Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin, reviewed in recognition of LGBT month.

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.

May Book of the Month

This month’s pic is Mira in the Present Tense by Sita Brahmachari.

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!

April Book of the Month

This month’s pic is These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner.

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?

This book will soon be made into a TV series!