Readbrightly.com shares this November's best children's and YA books.
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"I absolutely loved Caymen's voice; any time a character uses sarcasm, I immediately like them as it's my main form of humor. Her interactions with Xander were a joy to read and seeing them grow closer together as the novel went on was so much fun." –– BookChic Club
"This book reminds me of this quote from Romeo and Juilet 'My bounty is as boundless as the sea, ... My bounty is as boundless as the sea, My love as deep; the more I give to thee.' This is a love story that all readers will enjoy." –– Jon @ Scott Reads It
"Yes, it's a contemporary romance, and it's light and fluffy. But I'm giving it five stars because I got exactly what I wanted out of it - an adorable story filled with sunshine and rainbows, but also given depth and meaning by dealing with some more serious subjects as well." –– Nikki @ There Were Books Involved
"I'm not sure there are words to accurately describe how much I loved this book. I think that Katja Millay is a genius. Simple as that. The premise to this story is fairly straight forward - damaged girl meets damaged boy. Stuff happens. But, it is so much more than that. This is the book I wish I could write." –– Christina @ allodoxophobia
" This story highlights what LaZebnik does best...creating a story where the female protagonist may not know who she is or what she wants by the beginning of the journey, but during the process she figures it out. " –– Aly @ My Heart Hearts Books
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Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can't walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. Plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, neurotic rituals, and crippling fear. Both in desperate need of someone to help them reach out to the world, Amy and Matthew are more alike than either ever realized.
It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.
Elsewhere is where fifteen-year-old Liz Hall ends up, after she has died. It is a place so like Earth, yet completely different. Here Liz will age backward from the day of her death until she becomes a baby again and returns to Earth. And now that she’s dead, Liz is being forced to live a life she doesn’t want with a grandmother she has only just met.
In this riveting and masterful novel told in verse, Ellen Hopkins takes readers on an emotional roller-coaster ride. From the highs of true love to the lows of abuse, Pattyn's story will have readers engrossed until the very last word.
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.
The basics: My favorite non-academic books about NYC history published in the past 100 years.
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Alex Award Winner: Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure -- a blind girl that flees with her father when the Nazis invade Paris -- and Werner -- an orphaned German boy whose talent wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy -- Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.
Alex Award Winner: A high school music festival goes awry when a young prodigy disappears from a hotel room that was the site of a famous murder/suicide fifteen years earlier, in a whip-smart novel sparkling with the dark and giddy pop culture pleasures of The Shining, Agatha Christie, and Glee.
Alex Award Winner: Meet Bingo, the greatest drug runner in the slums of Kibera, Nairobi, and maybe the world. A teenage grifter, often mistaken for a younger boy, he faithfully serves Wolf, the drug lord of Kibera. But when Bingo witnesses a drug-related murder and Wolf sends him to an orphanage for “protection,” Bingo’s life changes and he learns that life itself is the “run.”
Alex Award Winner: After an engagement that ended in tragedy, all Yuko Moriguchi had to live for was her four-year-old child, Manami. Now, after a heartbreaking accident on the grounds of the middle school where she teaches, Yuko has given up and tendered her resignation. But first, she has one last lecture to deliver. She tells a story that will upend everything her students ever thought they knew.
Alex Award Winner: Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. When Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos, forcing them to confront the long-kept secrets that have been slowly pulling them apart.