Scythe, by Neal Shusterman. “Scythe” is one of four 2017 Printz Honor Books, which are awarded yearly to books geared to young adults that exemplify “literary excellence in young adult literature.”
Strange the Dreamer, by Laini Taylor. The best-selling author of the “Daughter of Smoke & Bone” trilogy presents the story of a guilt-ridden hero, a dreamer librarian and a girl with dangerous powers who all combat monsters and treachery in the aftermath of a war between gods and men. Read the Kirkus review here.
The Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” – based on the best-selling book of the same name by Jay Asher – has received rave reviews for its actors, its storyline, and the authenticity with which it presents every parent’s worst nightmare.
After committing suicide, Hannah Baker leaves behind seven cassette tapes that are delivered to various classmates and one adult. Clay Jenkins, with whom Hannah had a close friendship, is accused of being one of the thirteen reasons she chose to end her life.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide is the third-leading cause of death of young people between the ages of 10 and 24, and proportionally more boys than girls commit suicide: 81% in contrast to 19%. As of March 2015, approximately 4,600 young people have committed suicide. Read more about the CDC report here. The Nemours Foundation provides a comprehensive explanation on teen suicide here.
Click on the trailer above for a glimpse of the Netflix series, and click here for a short history its creation. Click here for a short featurette on the young actors who portray the main characters, and how they interpret the reasons that drove Hannah’s drastic decision to kill herself.
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School of Laughs (I Funny, vol. 5), Dog’s Best Friend and Escape to Australia (Middle School, vols.8 and 9), all by James Patterson.
The End of Oz and Yellow Brick War (Dorothy Must Die, vols. 3 and 4), by Danielle Page.
New Series! Nemesis (Project Nemesis, vol. 1), by Brendan Reichs.
Summary: It’s been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown—alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased.Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink.
For the planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for two troubled teens. Yet on her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers in her bedroom, hoping not to die for the fifth time, Min has had enough. She vows to discover what is happening in Fire Lake and uncovers a lifetime of lies: a vast conspiracy involving the sixty-four students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders.
★ “Min is not your average 16-year-old. Every two years on her birthday, she’s murdered. And every two years she comes back, completely unharmed. She’s tried to escape the inevitable but knows it’s only a matter of time before the man in black returns for her. Now things are getting worse, with an asteroid headed toward Earth. . . [j]ust when she’s found that classmate Noah is having the same strange experiences she’s tried to keep hidden. . . . Hooked readers will be tapping their fingers waiting for the sequel.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
★ “There are many overworked adjectives for action books: page-turner, fast-paced, intense. For this book, multiply all of them. Reichs truly keeps readers guessing throughout, with twists on early every page.”—Booklist, starred review
In 2014 I became addicted to National Public Radio’s (NPR) new podcast “Serial.” The show’s premise was simple: Choose one story to thoroughly investigate, and broadcast the findings on a weekly basis over 12 weeks.
The freshman podcast’s first story was the 1999 unsolved murder of high school senior Hae Min Lee, a student at Woodmore High School in Baltimore, Maryland, whose body was found underneath a pile of leaves in nearby Leakin (pronounced “Lincoln”) Park. Her former boyfriend Adan Syed was arrested and, despite his claims of innocence, at age 19 was found guilty of Lee’s murder. Syed was convicted and sent to the North Branch Correctional Institution in Cumberland, Maryland, where he has been for 17 years.
(The Huffington Post compiled a series of pictures related to the podcast, including pictures of Lee and Syed, here.)
Due to the enormous popularity of the podcast and to the fact that Syed’s attorney failed to interview a key witness, Syed, now 37 years old, earned a new trial. Read more about the status of the new trial here, here, and here.
The newly published book Adnan’s Story:The Search for Truth and Justice After Serial, written by family friend Rabia Chaudry, presents new key evidence that the author maintains dismantles the State’s case against Syed, and introduces a potential new suspect.
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Above, from left: Laurie Hernandez, the Obama girls, Amandla Stenberg
Among those on the list: Laurie Hernandez, the gold-medal Olympic gymnast from the Rio 2016 games; Malia and Sasha Obama; and Amandla Stenberg, who will be appearing in Nicola Yoon’s movie adaptation of her best-seller Everything Everything.
Check out the list here.