Friday, June 16, 2017

Top 5 in 2017: Pat's Best

This week we're looking at our favorite books of the year... so far. 

Pat has some faves to share today:
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

In what could have been pulled directly from the headlines, The Hate U Give tells the story of 16-year-old Starr Carter whose voice you won’t soon forget. Absolutely timely and riveting—everyone should read this book.

American Street by Ibi Zoboi (see our full review)

When her mother is detained by U.S. Immigration en route from Haiti to Detroit, Fabiola must navigate her way through an entire new universe as she tries to free her mother and function in this new world.  Gritty, inspiring, moving, powerful.

My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier

What do you do if you’re the only one who knows that your ten-year-old sister is a psychopath—a real psychopath?   That’s what 17-year-old Che Taylor has been trying to figure out since Rosa was little. You’ll be turning the pages while holding your breath, guaranteed. I did not see the ending coming.

Undefeated:  Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle School Football Team by Steve Sheinkin

The extraordinary story of how Jim Thorpe, arguably the greatest athlete of the 20th century went to the Carlisle Indian School and became the face of “the team that invented football,” while facing crushing institutional racism and outright bigotry.  Another winner by Steve Sheinkin, who writes gripping history, no matter the subject.   

Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson

Frank Banning, a one-of-a-kind nine-year-old, is the son of a reclusive author and the beating heart of this comic, heart-breaking  Alex Award winning novel. You’ve not met another character quite like Frank and you won’t soon forget him.


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