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The Mighty Miss Malone by Christoper Paul Curtis
The Mighty Miss Malone

Beverly B, February 17, 2015

Christopher Paul Curtis has written another wonderful story of the power of strong families and fortitude. "We are a family on a journey to a place called Wonderful" is the motto of Deza Malone's hard working loving family. The Great Depression has hit the rust belt hard and the Black families hardest. When her father leaves Indiana to find work, Deza innocently thinks it will be a short absence. When her family is evicted, Deza optimistically thinks things will be better when they find her father's family in Detroit. Deza's determination, audacity and assertiveness are inspiring even when her over-abundance of confidence gets her in sticky situations. Luckily, her love of talking, love of the thesaurus and charm usually get her out of trouble quickly.
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Five, Six, Seven, Nate! by Tim Federle
Five, Six, Seven, Nate!

Beverly B, February 17, 2015

Hooray! Nate Foster (Better Nate Than Ever) is back and eager for his premiere on Broadway. His infectious charm, quirkiness, wit and enthusiasm are back as well. Sadly, things are not at all what Nate imagined when he was cast in ET the Musical. Turns out there are several ET understudies, and his unique dancing style has landed him in the very back row of the chorus. He is also dismayed to discover he is almost as much of a misfit in the theater as he is in school. He is the only one without an agent and a manager. His clumsiness ruins many routines and delays many rehearsals. Luckily, his strong work ethic and uncanny ability to almost instantly memorize everyone's lines wins him fans among the cast. He even has a secret admirer. But will he survive the grueling rehearsals? Will the play make it to Broadway? Will he get a chance to shine on stage? Can't wait for book 3.
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Jesus Jackson by James Daley
Jesus Jackson

Beverly B, February 17, 2015

Jesus Jackson is half intriguing mystery thriller and half crisis of faith coming of age. James Daley creates a angst-filled authentic teen protagonist who is not afraid to challenge the beliefs of his parents and seek out his own answers to life's biggest questions. The mystery also serves as the inciting force of Jonathan's spiritual crisis. Jonathan and his older brother, Ryan had decided they were atheists, but when Ryan dies, Jonathan panics. What happens to atheists when they die? Jonathan can't bear thinking his brother just disappears into nothingness. He also doesn't believe Ryan's death was an accident. Enter spiritual guru, Jesus Jackson who guides Jonathan on his quest to find Ryan's killer and gain clarity on what he actually believes. Teens who like books that make them think will love Jesus Jackson. Teens who like a good mystery thriller will also enjoy Jesus Jackson.
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Golden Boy by Tara Sullivan
Golden Boy

Beverly B, February 17, 2015

Golden Boy is a truly memorable coming of age story with a unique twist. It is set in Tanzania, and the young protagonist, Habo, is an albino. Author, Tara Sullivan, seamlessly weaves ancient Tanzanian superstition and customs with universal themes of acceptance and perseverance into a powerful story of a young teen's journey to self-reliance and self-love. In the rural northern region of Tanzania that is Habo's home, albinos deal with harassment and discrimination daily. Habo is lonely and isolated. He sees himself as a burden to his family. Their indifference and aloofness towards him makes him feel they don't love him. When his family is forced to move to the city, they are horrified to discover that albinos are considered the ultimate good luck. Albinos are kidnapped and murdered so their body parts can be sold for talismans. Habo runs away to save his life and protect his family from harm. He goes to a large port city on the central coast and ends up working in the home of a respected artist who changes Habo's life and future. Golden Boy is a must read for teens and adults both.
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No Safety in Numbers #03: No Dawn Without Darkness by Dayna Lorentz
No Safety in Numbers #03: No Dawn Without Darkness

Beverly B, January 27, 2015

I am so glad No Dawn Without Darkness is the last in the series. My heart and blood pressure could not take any more of this dark, scary and compelling series about a bio-terror attack on a shopping mall. I rarely read a complete series - only when each book is better than the previous do I keep going. Author, Dayna Lorentz, did just that. I am also impressed that she did not back down from the terrifying turn some of her main characters took when they realized they were not going to be saved. Their "whatever it takes to survive" attitude was horrific and realistic. Even the characters who were trying to hold on to their humanity and do the right thing were forced to make hellish decisions. Needless to say, no one survives unscarred.
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