Crazy Messy Beautiful, by Carrie Arcos. Falling repeatedly in love but unable to succeed in the style of the poet who inspired his name, 16-year-old Neruda Diaz is partnered on a school assignment with a girl unlike anyone he typically falls for and discovers the magic and mess of a romance born from friendship. Read Publisher’s Weekly review here.
Alex & Eliza, by Melissa de la Cruz. “Hamilton” for the YA set. The New York Times best-selling author of The Witches of East End and The Descendants series brings to life the romance between young Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler. Read the Historical Novel Society here.
Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History, by Karen Blumenthal. The author of Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different presents an accessible, carefully researched portrait of the former first lady, senator and secretary of state that traces her unconventional upbringing, political achievements and devotion to activist causes. Read Publisher’s Weekly starred review here.
Nightstruck (Nightstruck Series, vol. 1), by Jenna Black. Struggling with her parents’ divorce and high expectations while working on her college applications, Becket is tricked into opening a door between worlds and unleashing magical monsters into her Philadelphia community. Read Tor review here.
The best-selling book by Nicola Yoon is now a movie, due for release later this spring/early summer.
Maddie has lived a sheltered existence most of her life, which her mother explains is due to her life-threatening allergies. When Maddie befriends – and falls in love with – Oliver, the boy next door, she embarks on an adventure that not only risks her life, but forces her to reconsider her condition, her relation to her mother, and her love for Ollie.
Click here for more information on the movie, and more about author Nicola Yoon and the book. Come check it out!
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Theresa Flores was a 15-year-old girl when she was abducted by a fellow student and entered into human trafficking – all while living with her parents one street over in an upper-class neighborhood in Detroit, a few blocks away from her high school. Her book “The Slave Across the Street: The True Story of How an American Teen Survived the World of Human Trafficking,” serves as a reminder that female sex trafficking is not a foreign phenomenon, but a tragedy that happens in the U.S. on a daily basis.
The White Rose was a group of students in Nazi Germany, appalled by Adolf Hitler’s mass slaughter of Germin citizens and determined to resist his regime at any cost. The group’s origins, significance, and its extraordinary members – willing to sacrifice everything for freedom – are recounted in Russell Freedman’s “We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler,” and details the bravery of the young people who fought Germany’s Nazi regime from within.
The pioneering female journalist Nellie Bly became a household name in late nineteenth-century America, and readers followed her enthralling career as she performed “stunt journalism” that raised awareness of political corruption, poverty and human rights abuses. The journalistic stunt that skyrocketed her to fame is retold in this vivid biography “Ten Days a Madwoman: The Daring Life and Turbulent Times of the Original ‘Girl’ Reporter Nellie Bly“: pretending to be insane, she was committed to the notorious asylum on Blackwell’s Island, and wrote a shocking expose of the clinic’s horrific treatment of its patients.
Before I Fall trailer
Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events trailer
Before I Fall, the best-selling book by Lauren Oliver about a teen girl who is forced to relive the last day of her life seven times – has been made into a movie and is due in theaters March 3, 2017; check out the first trailer above. Be sure to read the book before seeing the movie – it is fantastic.
Coming to Netflix: Lemony Snicket’s a Series of Unfortunate Events! See the latest trailer above. The series debuts on Friday, January 13 (get it?).
In the works: A film adaptation of Nicola Yoon’s best-seller Everything Everything, due for release August 2017. Read more about it here and here.
Rick Riordan – author of “The Lightning Thief” – is back with yet another series, this one about the Norse gods of Asgard: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard. In “The Sword of Summer,” the first book in the series, teenager Magnus Chase is surviving on his own on the streets of Boston, eventually finding out from his crazy uncle Randolph that Magnus is the son of a Norse god. Gripping and hilarious.
Rachel Renée Russell, author of “The Dork Diaries,” has also come out with a new series with “The Misadventures of Max Crumbly.” In the first book, “Locker Hero,” Max has just started middle school and is having a tough time dealing with being the new kid on the block, but also with staying out of the way of the school bully.
“The Leaving” by Tara Altebrando revolves around six children who disappeared as kindergartners and have returned year later as teenagers – mostly. They have no memory of the past eleven years of the lives, and Max, who left with them, has not returned.
Finally, “Graduation Day” by Joelle Charbonneau concludes the “Testing” series. The first book in the series – “The Testing” – was included in this year’s Flume nominees for Best Book for New Hampshire students grades 9 – 12.
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