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Spring embodies hope and renewal so X.R. Pan's novel is the fitting read! "Leigh Chen Sanders is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird. Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. There, she is determined to find her mother, the bird. In her search, she winds up chasing after ghosts, uncovering family secrets, and forging a new relationship with her grandparents. And as she grieves, she must try to reconcile the fact that on the same day she kissed her best friend and longtime secret crush, Axel, her mother was taking her own life. Alternating between real and magic, past and present, friendship and romance, hope and despair, The Astonishing Color of After is a novel about finding oneself through family history, art, grief, and love." Goodreads
One of the most talked about and highly reviewed book and movie of the year . . . let's read it! "Wrenching, soul stirring, funny, endearing, painful, and frustratingly familiar, this novel offers a powerful look at a few weeks in a fairly typical teen girl's life -- with one horrific exception. Sure she worries about school, issues with friends, and her secret boyfriend, but she's also the sole witness to the fatal shooting of her best friend by a police officer. In The Hate U Give, author Angie Thomas manages to bring humanity -- deep, emotionally binding, full-bodied humanity -- to the victims of police brutality and the families and friends they leave behind. " Common Sense Media
'Strange the Dreamer' is a young adult masterpiece to be savored This novel is a sparkling, mesmerizing Fabergé egg. If you ever loved Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” trilogy, puzzled over Greek mythology, or read literally any fairy tale, “Strange the Dreamer” will move you. Here's every fantasy lover's dream: a fiercely imaginative, lushly told story with fantastic and complex characters full of yearning.
If you are able to put down Nora Roberts' series, here is another page turner to read this summer! "Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?" Goodreads