Brie Spangler, Kristin Elizabeth Clark & M. G. Hennessey
Sunday, November 6 @ 4:00 PM
Brie Spangler’s Beast (Alfred A. Knopf) is a witty, wise, and heart-wrenching reimagining of Beauty and the Beast that will appeal to fans of Rainbow Rowell and David Levithan. Tall, meaty, muscle-bound, and hairier than most throw rugs, Dylan doesn’t look like your average 15-year-old, so, naturally, high school has not been kind to him. Kristin Elizabeth Clark’s Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) is a timely, fresh, and funny YA novel about a life-changing road trip for two best friends, one of whom is transgender. A male-to-female trans teen, Jess, and her male best friend, Chunk, take a cross-country road trip to attend Jess's father's wedding to her mother's former best friend. Hilarity, self-discovery, and some romance ensue. Twelve-year-old Shane Woods is just a regular boy. He loves pitching for his baseball team, working on his graphic novel, and hanging out with his best friend, Josh. But Shane is keeping something private, something that might make a difference to his friends and teammates, even Josh. And when a classmate threatens to reveal his secret, Shane's whole world comes crashing down. It will take a lot of courage for Shane to ignore the hate and show the world that he's still the same boy he was before. The Other Boy (HarperCollins) is M. G. Hennessey’s beautifully heartfelt story about one boy’s journey toward acceptance.