Thursday, June 16, 2016

Best of 2016 (so far): Ruth's Bests

Librarian Ruth is new to the blog, we're glad to welcome her here to share her best of the year (so far!):

Thicker Than Water by Kelly Fiore
Cecelia is charged with her brother's murder, but her story, powerfully written, draws readers into a world of athletes hooked on drugs and leaves readers wondering if they would have made the same choices as Cecelia.

Free Verse by Sarah Dooley
Even though written for middle school it is amazing!)

Evocative prose and poetry bring Sasha's story of familial grief in a coal mining community, foster care, and the school's Poetry Club directly into readers' hearts as we watch Sasha struggle to find a new place in the world.

Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina (see our full review here)
It's the late 1970s in NYC, where heat and blackouts, a serial killer, and an abusive brother set Nora's life on a chaotic path that she, and readers, may not survive.

The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry (see our full review here)
Set in the 13th century, in a time of heretics & burnings, readers meet Botille and Dolssa the mystic who is loved by some and hunted as a heretic by others and we wonder if these women will survive the misogyny of the "Church."

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
In the harrowing backdrop of Pentecostal faith, the handling of serpents, and child porn stings, we follow Dill, Travis, and Lydia as they try to make it through High School in hopes of a better future outside the Bible Belt.

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