Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2021) Nominees Round Up, November 24 Edition

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Lux: The New Girl by Ashley Woodfolk Book Cover
Lux: The New Girl by Ashley Woodfolk

Lux: The New Girl by Ashley Woodfolk
Workshop / Penguin
Publication Date: September 1, 2020
ISBN: 978-0593096017

When Lux is kicked out of yet another school for fighting, she has one more chance to fit in and make things work at a local high school. At Harlem’s Augusta Savage School of Arts, she meets a group of students known as the Flyy Girls. Being a good friend and leaving her old life behind is hard, even with the best of intentions.

This book is less than 150 pages and is smaller in size than a regular hardcover YA novel, with straightforward text and short chapters that include diary entries and lots of dialogue. The simple but real plot is not overly complicated and readers will end up caring about and relating to Lux’s success, stress over social media, family dynamics, and everyday obstacles. 

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Best Fiction for Young Adults (#BFYA2021) Nominees Round Up, September 18 Edition

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Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson
Katherine Tegen Books / HarperCollins
Publication Date: September 15, 2020
ISBN:  978-0062840356

Enchanted feels as if she is in a dream when music star Korey Fields mentors her singing career, but the dream quickly turns into an obsessive, violent nightmare. This book addresses the pattern of grown men abusing their power and being excused for their misogynistic behaviors, while young girls are blamed.

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Amazing Audiobooks (#AA2020) Nominees Round Up, August 7 Edition

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Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson; Narrated by Korey Jackson, Nile Bullock , Adenrele Ojo, and Adam Lazarre-White
Katherine Tegen Books / Harper Audio
Publication Date: January 1, 2019
ISBN: 9780062914323 

NYC teen Steph is dead, presumably because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. After his funeral, his sister Jasmine and his two best friends, Jarell and Quadir, discover his stockpile of mix tapes and notebooks of lyrics in the shoeboxes under his bed. But they also find drugs, a gun, and the business card of a police sergeant, raising some questions about just what Steph was up to in the months before his death. Nevertheless, the three band together to produce and market Steph’s music, which involves pretending a new recording artist “The Architect” is alive and ready to sign a record deal, but the illusion that Steph is still breathing draws dangerous attention from several quarters.

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#ALAMW19 Recap: Best Fiction for Young Adults 2019 Top Ten

During the Teen Feedback Session at ALA Midwinter, teens from Seattle and Oregon shared their opinions about the books on the Best Fiction for Young Adults 2019 list. With their input, the BFYA 2019 Blogging team determined the BFYA 2019 Top Ten:

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#BFYA2019 Nominees Round Up, August 3 Edition

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
Balzer & Bray/HarperTeen
Publication Date: April 3, 2018
ISBN: 9780062570604

Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to rise at Gettysburg and ended the war- not due to one side’s victory, but instead due to both sides’ fear.  The compromise that ended the Civil War abolished slavery in the South, but introduced the Negro and Native Reeducation Act, which allows former slaves, and their children, two options- either fight shamblers on the frontier, or attend special combat schools, in training to protect the lives of right white Southerners. Even though she’s the daughter of a white plantation owner and former slave, Jane can’t escape the future that has been preordained for her—she has spent her entire life learning the arts of combat and Southern society in order to take up the mantle as an Attendant. As Jane’s education at Miss Preston’s School of Combat in Baltimore nears its end, and her future looms closer, a close friend asks Jane to search for his lost sister as entire families also begin to go missing. Jane, along with another Attendant who also straddles both worlds, ends up in the West, where they must battle both the undead—and the living—for their very existence.

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#QP2019 Nominees Round Up, May 29 Edition

Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson
HarperCollins / Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: May 22, 2018
ISBN:  978-0062422675 

Monday Charles is missing and only her best friend Claudia seems to notice. Monday fails to show up for school for several days, yet school officials do not seem concerned. Monday’s mother and sister seem reluctant to answer questions.  Neighbors cannot seem to remember when they last saw Monday. How does a teenage girl disappear without anyone noticing?

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