As a new year begins, 2017 brings us much more children’s and young adult literature to devour, and we couldn’t be more thrilled! Here are just a look at some of the titles we are most excited about in 2017 (Reviews from GoodReads, Amazon, Kirkus, and original CCYAL reviews):
Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
Ramona was only five years old when Hurricane Katrina changed her life forever. Since then, it’s been Ramona and her family against the world. One of only two out lesbians in her small town and standing over six feet tall with unmistakable blue hair, Ramona knows she’s destined for something bigger than the trailer she calls home in Eulogy, Mississippi. But juggling multiple jobs, her flaky mom, and her well-meaning but ineffectual dad forces her to be the responsible adult of the family. Now, with her sister, Hattie, pregnant, her responsibilities weigh more heavily than ever.
The return of her childhood friend Freddie brings a welcome distraction. Ramona’s friendship with the former competitive swimmer picks up exactly where it left off, and soon he’s talked her into joining him for laps at the pool.
As Ramona falls more in love with swimming, her feelings for Freddie begin to shift as well, and she must decide if knowing who she is is more important than figuring out who she might become. (Expected Release May, 2017)
As we ring in the New Year, we reflect back over some old and new initiatives at the CCYAL. An old initiative that we’re continuing for the 2017 year is the Student Review Board. In August, we asked students to share their thoughts on the YA and children’s books they are reading. Below is our most recent submission by Autumn at Hardin Valley. She’s reviewing Mosquitoland by David Arnold. If you know of a student that would be willing to read a current (past 18 months) book and then write a book review, please email email@example.com for more information. Students who participate will receive a free book from the Center collection.
In keeping with new resolutions, a new initiative we’re beginning this January is a monthly YA book club. Are you a teacher, librarian, parent, young adult, or young adult "at-heart" who reads young adult (YA) literature and wants to talk about it? Then join us in a YA book club! We'll be meeting the last Thursday of each month, beginning January 26th, from 6:00-8:00pm in the Lawson McGhee Library meeting room. Light refreshments will be provided. Our first book will be The Female of the Species, by Mindy McGinnis. We will take recommendations for other books to read, set a reading calendar, and ask for volunteers to lead future book discussions at this first meeting. Please join us! Happy reading!
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