Andrew Smith has captivated readers with his YA novels In the Path of Falling Objects, The Marbury Lens and Passenger - and his newest book is no different. Grasshopper Jungle doesn’t hold back any punches; it’s brutally honest narrator clinically recounts the beginning of the end of the world, as he and his friends try to figure out their own feelings for each other, which part of their families’ pasts can be connected to the present, and what caused their little Iowan town to turn so horrifying, so quickly.
In Katie Cotugno’s novel How to Love, we’re told an unconventional love story, about what happens when the love of your life disappears , and how that love is transferred and transformed into a new kind for the daughter that you’re left with. Cotugno beautifully weaves between the past and present as we find out how a single teenage parent tries to claim back her life and voice.
High school is hard enough having already known your classmates since grade school, but when you’re thrown back in after years of being home schooled in an 18-wheeler, it’s just a little bit harder to kind your place amongst the freaks & zombies – but for our main character Hayley, in Laurie Halse Anderson’s new novel The Impossible Knife of Memory, it’s even more so. Hayley is under significantly more pressure and stress because her father is severely suffering from PTSD, and she’s struggling to keep both of their lives together.
Laurie Halse Anderson - The Impossible Knife of Memory
Anderson will be at Oblong Books Monday evening January 20th at 6PM in Rhinebeck NY.
Ruta Sepetys debut novel, Between Shades of Gray, took the literary world by storm winning dozens of awards and landing at the top of the ‘Best of’ lists, as she followed a 15 year old girl struggling to stay alive at a work camp in Siberia during World War II.
Now in her much anticipated second novel, Out of the Easy, Sepetys brings us to 1950’s New Orleans, and a young girl trying to break free from the web of secrets that tie her to the French Quarter.
Holly Goldberg Sloan has taken the literary world by storm with her novel Counting By 7s. As the characters defy the labels they’ve been branded with, the reader embarks on a humorous, and sometimes heartbreaking, journey of reflection and hope. We also learn, like with many things in life and our main character’s last name, it all comes down to Chance.
In time when most authors are writing about the end of the world, zombies and vampires, Sarah Dessen has remained true to her roots - and with wild success. For almost two decades, Dessen has delighted young adult readers with her stories of friendship, love, family and growing up. Her newest novel, The Moon and More is no exception. We’re brought back to Colby, North Carolina where we explore what constitutes as a family, and the fine balance between locals and vacationers.
For over twenty years Mary Pope Osborne has entertained and educated her readers with brother-sister team Jack and Annie as they explore the world in the Magic Tree House series. Each book is a new adventure for everyone as they meet people like Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, explore the moon, and experience the Great Depression firsthand.
Kate Messner’s new novel, Wake Up Missing, has all the qualities you want in a thriller: deceit, science taken to the extreme, and characters that you root for – especially when it looks like there is no hope. Messner has taken two very prominent issues ripped from the headlines, and combined them into a fast paced cranial feast as she explores concussions and gene therapy.
David Levithan’s new novel, Two Boys Kissing will make you laugh and cry, but best of all, it will make you relive those perfect innocuous moments of finding and then being with your first love. Levithan also takes it several steps further by having the lost generation of AIDS victims tell the story as they see it unfolding.
In Sara Farizan’s debut novel, If You Could Be Mine, she articulately weaves a tale of secret love, self-actualization, and most of all hope for a better tomorrow. Set in current day Iran, Farizan writes about being gay in a society that punishes homosexuality and tries to fix them by offering transgender surgery, while also capturing the multitude of emotions that love infects in everyone.