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The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake Little, Brown Books for Young Readers / Hachette Publication Date: October 1, 2019 ISBN: 978-1368048088
Loosely based on William Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night, Violet is sent to live
with her Uncle Toby in Lyric, Maine after her brother Sam is hospitalized for a
suicide attempt. Once there, Violet develops new friendships while trying to
learn more about her family history, including searching for a lost shipwreck.
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XL by Scott Brown Alfred A. Knopf Publication Date: March 26, 2019 ISBN: 978-1524766245 The morning of his sixteenth birthday, four foot and eleven inches tall Will wishes for two things: a girlfriend and to be taller. After he chickens out of telling his good friend Monica how he really feels, he sees his best friend/step brother kissing her. However, one of his wishes does come true: he starts growing and doesn’t stop. As Will’s life begins to change, he soon realizes that your character matters more than your height. The concept of the story was unique and told in an interesting way. The plot moves quickly. All of the characters are well-developed and well-rounded. The relationship drama, risk-taking and a little bit of humor make this an engaging read for reluctant readers. Readers of Rainbow Rowell and John Greenwill enjoy this fun quick read. It will also appeal to those who enjoyed the slight magical realism of The Opposite of Always by Justin Reynolds. –Elizabeth Nebeker