Maryann

Last time I visited GHS, I saw Maryann in the hall on her way to hang out...in the library. She's a prolific reader, so stop in and say hi and pick her brain - especially about teen and kid books.

Frankly in Love Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781984812209
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 10th, 2019

Wow! 

Frank Li is a Korean-American. His parents immigrated from Korea in search of a better life. They believe in all things Korean. For example, Frank Li is only allowed to date Korean girls. However, he falls in love with an American girl. 

Frank’s family has a gathering with other families that migrated with them. They all have kids around the same age, which he calls "The Limbo’s." 

Frank is in love with an American girl.

Joy (one of the Limbo’s) is in love with a Chinese boy.

They come up with the idea to start start fake-dating each other in order to keep their real relationships a secret. 

This beautiful story of love, racism, life, death, and everything in between will make you want to carry this book wherever you go. No doubt one of my all-time favorite books! 


The Nickel Boys: A Novel Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780385537070
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Published: Doubleday - July 16th, 2019

Nickel Boys is a heartbreaking story about what it was like to be a "troubled" kid.

Based on a real reform school, Nickel is a place where kids go to be "reformed" but are abused, and sometimes even killed instead. These boys went through tremendous amounts of torture, and it was heartbreaking to learn that this was all based on real events. 

Our main character, Elwood Curtis, is sent to Nickel. With inspiration from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Elwood keeps a somewhat positive outlook on life in this hostile environment.

This is a must read for everyone!

 


Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You Cover Image
By Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jonny Sun (Illustrator)
$22.00
ISBN: 9781984854278
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Published: Random House - October 16th, 2018

Wake up every morning with a pep talk.

Go to bed every night with a pep talk.

On those days when you need an extra pick me up, Gmorning, Gnight! will raise your spirits. 

I loved this book and it made me smile on the gloomy days. Make everyday a good day, and don't forget to smile.

 


The Memory Police: A Novel Cover Image
By Yoko Ogawa, Stephen Snyder (Translated by)
$25.95
ISBN: 9781101870600
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Published: Pantheon - August 13th, 2019

Oh. My. Gosh.

On an island controlled by the Memory Police, memories of everyday items are slowly taken away. For example, ribbon, perfume, hats, birds, etc. The Memory Police are to ensure that everyone on the island has completely forgotten about things that disappear. However, there are people who can still remember, and if you still remember, you get taken away…

This book was frightening, and made me cry at times because of how heart breaking it must be to lose the things closest to you but not remember why you cherished them.

While reading this book, I couldn't help but think that this could actually happen in our society, and that is truly horrifying!

 I absolutely loved this book, and you will too!


The Girl Who Could Move Sh*t with Her Mind Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780316519151
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Published: Orbit - June 18th, 2019

 I absolutely loved this book! It was hilarious and adventuresome, heartwarming and chilling. One of the best books I've read in a while. 

Teagan has unusual powers and is part of a Black Ops Team, working with them as a form of protection so the government doesn't kill her to see how she can do what she does. However, she just been framed for murder, and she didn't do it. Everyone thinks she did it because she is the only one (that they know of) that has psychokinetic powers. In a race to find out what really happened before the government finds her, we learn that there are more people in the world that have these powers.

If you liked Stranger Things, and like to laugh, I'd strongly suggest this book. You'll love it.


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The Printed Letter Bookshop Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780785222002
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Published: Thomas Nelson - May 14th, 2019

After the death of her aunt, Madeline finds out that she has been left a bookshop, a house,  huge debt, and everything in between.

Throughout the book, Madeline works hard to make ends meet to be able to keep the bookshop open because it means so much to the community. 

This book was so cute and very well written.

 Reading through it, I could relate to a lot because the author really nailed the everyday life of a bookseller. 

I loved this book so much and would definitely give it a reread for a good smile. 


The Last House Guest Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781501165375
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 18th, 2019

Megan Miranda was first brought to my attention a few years ago with the book, The Safest Lies, and since then I have gotten every single one of her new books. 

In this book, Avrey finds out that her best friend committed suicide. However, she does not believe it was a suicide, but that it was a murder. As we follow the mystery of what really happened, we learn more about the characters and how they could possibly be suspects. 

Throughout this book, I could not guess who did it, and was shocked to find out who actually killed Sadie.


The Sun and Her Flowers Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781449486792
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - October 3rd, 2017

 The sun and her flowers is a beautiful book of poetry of what it’s like to grow up in a world that you are so different from. 

Learning how to be confident is such a hard thing to do in a society where we are taught that we are not good enough and/or pretty enough if we do not look like a Barbie doll. 

Rupi Kaur is such an inspirational poet, who will make you feel loved as one should. 


F**k Plastic: 101 Ways to Free Yourself from Plastic and Save the World Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781984826022
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Published: Rodale Books - April 2nd, 2019

In this book, you get 101 ways to improve your life, and save the world!

Did you know that there are 51 trillion pieces of microscopic pieces of plastic in the ocean? That is 500 times the number of stars in our galaxy!  If that does not make you want to cut down on your plastic use, I don't know what will. 

Cutting down on plastic doesn't mean you have to spend more money or change your life completely; it  just means changing some habits in your life. Little changes can lead to big results. This book tells you how.


SHOUT Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780670012107
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - March 12th, 2019

Told through poems, author Laurie Halse Anderson tell her heart-breaking story about rape and the impact it had on her life. Anderson gives a very inspiring perspective on speaking out about rape and helping victims. 

Shout takes not only the authors story, but hundreds of thousands of other people’s stories and gives them a voice.  


The Good Egg Cover Image
By Jory John, Pete Oswald (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062866004
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Published: HarperCollins - February 12th, 2019

The Good Egg is an inspirational children's story about how you need to take time to be who you are, instead of trying to be perfect all the time. 

He tries to fix his chaotic family and make them more like himself- perfect. He soon realizes he is under so much stress that he couldn't take it anymore and leaves to become a better version of himself. 

This is a very cute and simple story to help kids realize that you don't have to be perfect to be who you are.