Friday, June 10, 2016

Top 5 in 2016 (so far): Lisa's Bests



Lisa shares the books she loved the most... so far:

Free Verse by Sarah Dooley
This book is saturated with sadness and loss, but it’s so beautifully written that I’d give it a Newbery award in a heartbeat. Thirteen-year-old Sasha’s mom ran off when Sasha was little. Her father died in a coal mining accident when she was eight. Her older brother has just died in a fire. How can anyone deal with such grief? Sasha discovers poetry, and it helps to heal her rages and her sorrow.
When We Collided by Emery Lord
Upbeat, energetic Vivi has just moved to Verona Cove, CA. Jonah has lived there all his life, and is trying to hold his family together after his father died and his mother took to her bed. Neither Vivi nor Jonah will be the same once their lives collide.
Booked by Kwame Alexander
In this quick-paced novel in verse soccer and word nerdery take the field.
Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina (see our full review here)
What was it like to live in New York in 1977 as the city was plagued by arson, Son of Sam the serial killer, and a blackout that led to looting and mayhem? Meg Medina burns that experience into your brain as you read this compelling story of a family scorched by abuse.
Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork 
After a failed suicide attempt Vicky Cruz gains strength and insights with the help of a doctor and her new friends in the psych ward. An honest look at depression and the aftermath of a suicide attempt that’s lightened with the humor and love that emerge when hurting teens face their demons together.

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