Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The thought readers

The thought readers 
by Dima Zales 
Language: English 
Mozaika Publications, ©2014. 
iv, 297 pages ; 20 cm. 
ISBN: 9781631420276 ; 1631420275 
Summary: Everyone thinks I'm a genius. Everyone is wrong. Sure, I finished Harvard at eighteen and now make crazy money at a hedge fund. But that's not because I'm unusually smart or hardworking. It's because I cheat. You see, I have a unique ability. I can go outside time into my own personal version of reality, the place I call "the Quiet", where I can explore my surroundings while the rest of the world stands still. I thought I was the only one who could do this, until I met her. My name is Darren, and this is how I learned that I'm a reader. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Thought-Readers-Mind-Dimensions-Book/dp/1631420275/

Rebels by accident

Rebels by accident 
by Patricia Dunn 
Language: English 
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Fire, [2014]. 
310 pages ; 21 cm. 
ISBN: 9781492601388 ; 1492601381 
Summary: Mariam, a troubled teenaged Egyptian American, is sent to live with her grandmother in Cairo where she meets a girl named Asmaa who calls the people of Egypt to protest against their president, and Mariam finds herself in the middle of a revolution and falling in love for the first time. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Rebels-Accident-Patricia-Dunn/dp/1492601381

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Who are you?

Who are you? 
by Joan Lowery Nixon 
Language: English 
New York : Delacorte Press, ©1999. 
184 pages ; 22 cm. 
ISBN: 0385325665 ; 9780385325660 
Summary: When the police discover that a man who has been shot has been keeping a file of her entire life, sixteen-year-old Kristi, an aspiring artist, suspects a connection with the possible theft of a painting from a museum. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Who-Are-Joan-Lowery-Nixon/dp/0440227577

Swing sideways

Swing sideways 
by Nanci Turner Steveson 
Language: English 
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016] ©2016. 
278 pages ; 22 cm. 
ISBN: 9780062374547 ; 0062374540 
Summary: Annie has a "summer of freedom" in the country. She makes a friend, and tries to fix what's broken between her mother and grandmother.
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Swing-Sideways-Nanci-Turner-Steveson/dp/0062374540/

Saturday, April 9, 2016

First year

First year 
by J. P. Howards 
Language: English 
J. P. Howards, 2015. 
222 p. 
ISBN: 0996362010 ; 9780996362016 
Summary: Lauren Gillan is starting medical school. The last thing she needs in her life is a distraction. When an opportunity arises to learn the identity of her sperm donor father, Lauren gets more than she bargained for. Led by a series of puzzles, she embarks on a journey to discover the truth of her birth and the story behind the professor who is guiding her. Written by medical school anatomy professor, J. P. Howards, First Year captures the first few weeks of medical school through Lauren’s eyes, and the eyes of her professor, in a humorous and touching way. 
Available: http://www.amazon.com/First-Year-J-P-Howard/dp/0996362010

Friday, March 25, 2016

Devil and the bluebird

Devil and the bluebird 
by Jennifer Mason-Black 
Language: English 
New York : Amulet Books, 2016. 
ISBN: 9781419720000 ; 1419720007 
Summary: Armed with her mother's guitar, a knapsack of cherished mementos, and a pair of magical boots, Blue journeys west in search of her sister Cass, but when the devil she met at the town's crossroads changes the terms of their deal, Blue must reevaluate her understanding of good and evil.
Available: http://www.amazon.com/Devil-Bluebird-Jennifer-Mason-Black/dp/1419720007

The other f-word

The other f-word 
by Natasha Friend 
Language: English 
[S.l.] : Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2017. 
ISBN: 0374302340 ; 9780374302344 
Summary: Milo and Hollis are half siblings who met once when they were younger and have reconnected as teenagers to search for their sperm donor.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Scissors, sisters & manic panics

Scissors, sisters & manic panics 
by Ellie Phillips 
Language: English 
London : Electric Monkey, 2013. 
276 pages ; 20 cm. 
ISBN: 9781405258203 ; 1405258209 
Summary: Mrs Nellist came in for her cut and colour while Auntie and Tiffany were out the back having a coffee, leaving me to sweep up, and that's kind of where everything got really ugly. It was the hairstyle that Mrs Nellist never knew she wanted. That's all it was about. 
Available: http://www.amazon.com/Scissors-Sisters-Manic-Panics-Phillips/dp/1405258209

Monday, February 29, 2016

Deux petits ours au milieu de la tornade

Deux petits ours au milieu de la tornade 
by Francine Allard 
Language: French 
Hull, Québec : Vents d'Ouest, 1999. 
167 p. ; 19 cm. 
ISBN: 2921603993 ; 9782921603997 
Summary: Une mère monoparentale hérite d'un manoir à Rockstown. Elle décide de s'y installer avec son fils de 18 ans, Bertrand, qui est handicapé mental. Peu après leur arrivée, le garçon fait la connaissance de Bijou, une jeune voisine de son âge qui éprouve une déficience similaire à la sienne. Le père, un scientifique, fait des expériences secrètes dans la région. Il est aidé par un extraterrestre. Paul Simard, qui est veuf, rencontre donc Sylvia Chenette, la mère de Bertrand. Ils ont tôt fait d'éprouver l'un pour l'autre un sentiment identique à celui de leurs enfants. Lors d'essais de la fameuse machine à neutraliser les tornades, Bertrand et Bijou sont exposés à des ondes macrocinétiques. Sylvia a tôt fait de remarquer, de jour en jour, des progrès chez son fils et sa copine. Le docteur Appelbaüm constate les améliorations et Paul Simard en découvre l'origine. L'extraterrestre le prévient des dangers des expositions: le résultat est réversible et les scéances répétées limitent la vie à 5-6 ans. Le choix est douloureux. L'intervention d'un autre témoin vient compliquer le dilemme et, face aux exploitations possibles de son invention, Paul saborde l'appareil. Ils vivront ensemble, tous les quatre, le temps qu'ils auront à vivre. -- Un récit complexe dont la trame capricieuse, fait de plusieurs points, est tissée avec adresse sur un fond de science-fiction: insémination artificielle, famille monoparentale, déficients mentaux, responsabilité parentale, amour, choix de vie et de mort ... et à cela pourquoi pas un extraterrestre! Les sujets se juxtaposent sans heurt, ni répit. Les personnages sont attachants et bien campés. Un roman original, surprenant par sa densité et ses rebondissements. 
Available: http://www.renaud-bray.com/Livres_Produit.aspx?id=15233&def=Deux+petits+ours+au+milieu+de+la+tornade%2CALLARD%2C+FRANCINE%2C9782921603997

Ida-Jane et Olivier : secrets de famille

Ida-Jane et Olivier : secrets de famille 
by Francine Labrie 
illus. by David Goldstyn 
Language: French 
Montréal, Québec : Bayard Canada, [2014] ©2014 
72 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm. 
ISBN: 9782895795728 ; 289579572X 
Summary: Quand Ida-Jane arrive dans sa nouvelle classe, Olivier la trouve plutôt excentrique, surtout lorsqu’elle annonce qu’elle a deux papas. Lui, a deux mamans et s’est toujours bien gardé de le dire. Un travail d’équipe sur la reproduction des mammifères va obliger Oliver et Ida-Jane à travailler ensemble. Olivier va profiter de cet exposé pour provoquer le dialogue aves ses mères au sujet de sa conception. Il va aussi découvrir qu’il partage beaucoup de points communs avec Ida-Jane. 
Available: http://www.bayardlivres.ca/Product.aspx?ids=7611215

Go ask your father : one man's obsession with finding himself, his origins, and the meaning of life through DNA testing

Go ask your father : one man's obsession with finding himself, his origins, and the meaning of life through DNA testing 
by Lennard J. Davis 
Language: English 
New York : Bantam Books, 2009. 
227 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm. 
ISBN: 9780553805512 ; 0553805517 
Summary: The author describes his search to find out the true identity of his father after being told that his uncle was his biological father through the process of artificial insemination. 
Available: http://www.amazon.com/Go-Ask-Your-Father-Obsession/dp/0553805517

Sunday, February 28, 2016

My life after now

My life after now 
by Jessica Verdi 
Language: English 
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Fire, [2013] 
287 pages ; 21 cm. 
ISBN: 9781402277856 ; 1402277857 
Summary: When she loses a leading role and her leading man to another girl, sixteen-year-old Lucy, a member of the high school drama club, does something completely out of character that has life-altering consequences. 
Available: http://www.amazon.com/Life-After-Now-Jessica-Verdi/dp/1402277857

Dead ends

Dead ends 
by Erin Jade Lange 
Language: English 
New York : Bloomsbury, 2013. 
328 pages ; 22 cm. 
ISBN: 9781619630802 ; 161963080X 
Summary: When Dane, a bully, refuses to hit Billy D because he has Down Syndrome, Billy takes that as a sign of friendship and enlists Dane's help in solving riddles left in an atlas by his missing father, sending the pair on a risky adventure. 
Available: http://www.amazon.com/Dead-Ends-Erin-Jade-Lange/dp/161963080X

What lies within

What lies within 
by James Morris 
Language: English 
CreateSpace, 2015. 
218 p. : cm. 
ISBN: 1512283193 ; 9781512283198 
Summary: Shelley Marano is an ordinary, unexceptional high school senior...until the day she receives a cryptic text message, and her world tilts sideways. Now she's in real danger, although she doesn't know who would want her dead, or why. As she starts to unravel the mystery, the truth about who she really is proves to be more frightening than she ever imagined. With the lives of her and her friends hanging in the balance, one thing is certain: Nothing will ever be the same. 
Available: https://www.createspace.com/5509710

Double identity

Double identity 
by Margaret Peterson Haddix 
Language: English 
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, ©2005. 
218 pages ; 22 cm. 
ISBN: 0689873743 ; 9780689873744 
Summary: Thirteen-year-old Bethany's parents have always been overprotective, but when they suddenly drop out of sight with no explanation, leaving her with an aunt she never knew existed, Bethany uncovers shocking secrets that make her question everything she thought she knew about herself and her family. 
Available: http://www.amazon.com/Double-Identity-Margaret-Peterson-Haddix/dp/0689873794

Lucy : a novel

Lucy : a novel 
by Laurence Gonzales 
Language: English 
New York : Alfred A Knopf, 2010. 
307 p. ; 25 cm. 
ISBN: 9780307272607 ; 0307272605 
Summary: Jenny Lowe, a primatologist studying chimpanzees, is running for her life with the child of a murdered fellow scientist after a civil war explodes. Jenny grabbing the notebooks of the primatologist who's been killed. She brings the girl to Chicago to await the discovery of her relatives. The girl is fifteen and lovely, her name is Lucy. Realizing that the child has no living relatives, Jenny begins to care for her as her own. When she reads the notebooks written by Lucy's father, she discovers that the adorable, lovely, magical Lucy is the result of an experiment. She is part human, part ape, a hybrid human being. 
Available: http://www.amazon.com/Lucy-Laurence-Gonzales/dp/0307473902

Tomorrow

Tomorrow 
by Graham Swift 
Language: English 
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2007. 
255 pages ; 20 cm. 
ISBN: 0307266907 ; 9780307266903 
Summary: On a midsummer's night, Paula lies awake, her husband of twenty-five years asleep beside her and her teenage children in nearby rooms, anticipating the coming of the next day, when a revelation will redefine all their lives. 
Available: http://www.amazon.com/Tomorrow-Vintage-International-Graham-Swift/dp/0307386430

Inside the palisade

Inside the palisade 
by K. C. Maguire 
Language: English 
[Place of publication not identified] : Lodestone Books, 2015. 
173 p. : cm. 
ISBN: 1782797157 ; 9781782797159 
Summary: Omega has grown up surrounded by women – literally. Inside the palisade, women fall in love, marry and raise daughters, relying on an artificial insemination process known as the Procedure. But something goes horribly wrong. One day, Omega comes face to face with a mythical monster – a man – within the society’s walls. Men had been eradicated long ago to protect women from the threat of violence. But this boy is not what Omega has been led to believe. And he needs her help. She soon finds herself embroiled in a manhunt headed by a vigilante Protector, Commander Theta. When she falls into Theta’s clutches, Omega realizes that there’s more to the banishment of men, and to her own past, than she’s ever known. Ultimately, she is forced to make a choice between betraying the lost boy and betraying her society, a decision complicated by the realization that she has more in common with him than she cares to admit, and the fact that she is developing feelings for him. 
Available: http://www.amazon.com/Inside-Palisade-K-C-Maguire/dp/1782797157

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Saving Montgomery Sole

Saving Montgomery Sole 
by Mariko Tamaki 
Language: English 
New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2016. 
240 p. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9781626722712 ; 1626722714 
Summary: An outcast teen girl explores the mysteries of friendship, family, faith, and phenomena, including the greatest mystery of all--herself. 
Available: http://www.amazon.com/Saving-Montgomery-Sole-Mariko-Tamaki/dp/1626722714

Saturday, February 20, 2016

After the woods

After the woods 
by Kim Savage 
Language: English 
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016. 
296 pages ; 22 cm. 
ISBN: 9780374300555 ; 0374300550 
Summary: On the eve of the year anniversary of the Shiverton Abduction, two former best friends grapple with the consequences of that event. 
Available: http://www.amazon.com/After-Woods-Kim-Savage/dp/0374300550

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Specimen : stories

Specimen : stories 
by Irina Kovalyova 
Language: English 
Toronto, ON : House of Anansi Press, 2015. 
295 pages ; 21 cm. 
ISBN: 9781770898172 1770898174 
Summary: Inspired by a wide range influences — including early-twentieth century Russian avant-gardists, British science fiction and dystopian novels, as well as contemporary Canadian and American novelists — Specimen is a highly original collection of stories that explore the place where physical reality collides with our spiritual and emotional lives. In “Mamochka,” nominated for the 2012 Journey Prize, an archivist at the Institute for Physics in Minsk, must come to terms with her daughter’s marriage to a Chinese man in Vancouver. In “Peptide P,” scientists study a disease of the heart that seems to affect children after they eat hotdogs. In “Side Effects,” a woman’s personality is altered by botox injections. In “Specimen” a teenage girl discovers that she was conceived using a sperm donor. In “The Big One,” a woman and her daughter find themselves trapped in the rubble of an underground parking garage after an earthquake. In “The Blood Keeper,” a novella, a young academic travels to North Korea to work on her dissertation and embarks on a dangerous affair. 
Available: http://www.amazon.com/Specimen-Irina-Kovalyova/dp/1770898174

The edge of forever

The edge of forever
by Melissa E. Hurst
Language: English
New York : Skyhorse Publishing, Inc., [2015].
258 pages ; 23 cm.
ISBN: 9781632204240 ; 163220424X
Summary: In 2146, seventeen-year-old Bridger, one of a small group of people born with the ability to travel to the past, investigates why his by-the-book father traveled to 2013 to break the most important rule of time travel--to prevent someone's murder.
Available: http://www.amazon.com/The-Edge-Forever-Melissa-Hurst/dp/163220424X
Subject headings:

  • Time travel -- Fiction. 
  • Science fiction. 
  • Mystery and detective stories.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Say her name

Say her name 
by James Dawson 
Language: English 
London : Hot Key Books, 2014. 
284 p. ; 20 cm.
ISBN: 9781471402449 ; 1471402444
Summary: Roberta 'Bobbie' Rowe is not the kind of person who believes in ghosts. A Halloween dare at her ridiculously spooky boarding school is no big deal, especially when her best friend Naya and cute local boy Caine agree to join in too. They are ordered to summon the legendary ghost of 'Bloody Mary': say her name five times in front of a candlelit mirror, and she shall appear...But, surprise surprise, nothing happens. Or does it? Next morning, Bobbie finds a message on her bathroom mirror...five days...but what does it mean? And who left it there? Things get increasingly weird and more terrifying for Bobbie and Naya, until it becomes all too clear that Bloody Mary was indeed called from the afterlife that night, and she is definitely not a friendly ghost. Bobbie, Naya and Caine are now in a race against time before their five days are up and Mary comes for them, as she has come for countless others before...This is a truly spine-chilling yet witty horror from shortlisted 'Queen of Teen' author James Dawson. 
Available: http://www.amazon.com/Say-Her-Name-James-Dawson/dp/1471402444

Diary Of A Teen Prodigy: The College Life - Taming The Golden Boys: Volume 3

Diary Of A Teen Prodigy: The College Life - Taming The Golden Boys: Volume 3 
by Alm Hlgh 
Language: English 
Summary: I am a normal 15 year old girl entrapped with a mind comparative to Einstein with a fondness and flair for fighting. I think someone described me as the great-granddaughter of Al Capone and Albert Einstein? Yup that’s me. Daisy (that’s my mom) wasn’t fond of traditional marriage and relationships just weren’t working for her, so she decided to pay a visit to a sperm bank; only it wasn’t a regular sperm bank. It was a repository made up of strictly sperm that had been donated by Nobel Prize Laureates and thus I was born: Nevada Tate child prodigy and martial arts extraordinaire. 
Available: http://www.publicbookshelf.com/contemporary/teen-prodigy/

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Flawless

Flawless 
by Lara Chapman 
Language: English 
New York : Bloomsbury, 2011.
258 pages ; 22 cm.
ISBN: 9781599905969 1599905965 
Summary: In this modern take on the Cyrano story, brilliant and witty high school student Sarah Burke, who is cursed with an enormous nose, helps her beautiful best friend try to win the heart of a handsome and smart new student, even though Sarah wants him for herself. 
Available: http://www.amazon.com/Flawless-Lara-Chapman/dp/1599905965

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Chromo kids

Chromo kids 
by Lynsey Lore 
Language: English 
Summary: This is a brief description of some of the thoughts that go through the mind of someone who found out that they weren't traditionally conceived, but rather are a product of a fertility clinic and a sperm donation. 
Available: http://www.amazon.com/Chromo-Kids-Lynsey-Lore-ebook/dp/B00UJGSZIO

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Archie Nolan: family detective

Archie Nolan: family detective 
by Beverley Ward 
Language: English 
DC Network, 2015. 
p. ; cm. 
ISBN: 
Summary: Science geek Archie Nolan tries to keep a low profile, but when his class are told to research their family tree, he is terrified twin sister and school swot Jemima is going to reveal that they are donor conceived. Archie’s in turmoil. The only person who understands is his donor conceived friend Cameron, but he seems to have unearthed a village vampire…..and Archie's far more interested in investigating that! 
Available: http://www.dcnetwork.org/products/product/archie-nolan-family-detective-story-8-12yr-olds

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Silence is Goldfish

Silence is Goldfish 
by Annabel Pitcher 
Language: English 
London : Indigo , 2015. 
384 p. ; 216 x 135mm 
ISBN: 9781510100435 1510100431 
Summary: What happens to a fifteen-year-old girl when she finds out for the first time that her own father feels revulsion toward her, finds her peculiar, and doesn't even consider her to be his daughter? That's what Tess discovers one night when, during an emergency, she had to go to the nearest computer in the house to find out how to put out a kitchen fire. Glancing at what her father had on the screen, she discovers a blog post he wrote for the Donor Conception Network, where he admits to not loving the "ugly red thing gnawing" at his wife's breast on his daughter's first day of life. This is how in fact Tess discovers that she was actually conceived via sperm donor, and that the only father she has ever known is not really her father. This truth completely unmoors her. At first Tess runs away from home, but decides against it after four hours on her own in the middle of the night, only to wonder how she is to live with this man and this new knowledge. She returns home but within 24 hours, Tess becomes mute as a protest against her parents for a lifetime of lies. The book is told in the first person and though mute, Tess has a lot to say, but all of the dialogue stays in her head as she communicates only with a plastic goldfish she bought when she ran away and that she now keeps in her pocket. Meanwhile, finding out the truth about her conception is just one of her problems. Tess is brutally bullied both online and at school for being fat and for her large frame, which she now knows she mustn't have gotten from her father, and she loses her best friend when she can no longer confide in her about what she found out on her father's computer that night. Tess also becomes fixated on the substitute math teacher who has the same blonde hair, brown eyes, and fat fingers that she has. Convinced they share the same DNA, she becomes obsessed with learning more about him, and what she does is so shocking that it finally leads her out of her mutism. This book explores what happens when parents keep the truth from their children in cases where they had to use donor sperm to conceive. It is not so much this fact that causes Tess's problems as much as it is the fact that the truth has been kept from her her entire life. Except for scenes of cruel bullying, there is no violence, sex, or foul language in this book. Recommended for ages 12 and up.
Available: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Silence-Goldfish-Annabel-Pitcher/dp/1780620004

Saturday, October 17, 2015

I heart robot

I heart robot 
by Suzanne Van Rooyen 
Language: English 
Month9Books, LLC, [2014] ©2014. 
ISBN: 9781942664109 ; 1942664109 
Summary: Sixteen-year-old Tyri wants to be a musician and wants to be with someone who won't belittle her musical aspirations. Q-I-99 aka 'Quinn' lives in a scrap metal sanctuary with other rogue droids. While some use violence to make their voices heard, demanding equal rights for AI enhanced robots, Quinn just wants a moment on stage with his violin to show the humans that androids like him have more to offer than their processing power. Tyri and Quinn's worlds collide when they're accepted by the Baldur Junior Philharmonic Orchestra. As the rift between robots and humans deepens, Tyri and Quinn's love of music brings them closer together, making Tyri question where her loyalties lie and Quinn question his place in the world. With the city on the brink of civil war, Tyri and Quinn make a shocking discovery that turns their world inside out. Will their passion for music be enough to hold them together while everything else crumbles down around them, or will the truth of who they are tear them apart? 
Available: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0692337334?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=ox_sc_act_title_2&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Spirit level

Spirit level
by Sarah N. Harvey
Language: English
Victoria, British Columbia : Orca Book Publishers, 2016.
233 pages ; 21 cm.
ISBN: 9781459808164 ; 1459808169
Summary: An only child, Harriet (also known as Harry), has also never had a dad. Born to a “single mother by choice,” she was donor-conceived because her mother always wanted a child but did not want a relationship. This Harriet has always known. Never having been even slightly curious to find out if she had any donor siblings or even to try to contact her donor father, Harriet, now in high school, comes across a magazine article one day about a guy who sired 500 kids through sperm donation. It suddenly occurs to Harriet that she could be one of his kids. Having known about the Donor Sibling Registry, a service that matches donors, offspring, and siblings, since “before she could read” (because her mother purchased a lifetime membership when Harriet was young), Harriet decides to finally take a look to see if she has any half-siblings. She registers her information on the DSR and when she begins to receive emails from some of her half-siblings, she is excited to meet them, especially fifteen-year-old Lucy who also lives in Seattle and who, being the child of two moms, has also always known she was donor-conceived. One other half-sibling ends up in the picture though and that is eighteen-year-old Meredith who has come all the way to Seattle from Missoula, Montana in search of her sperm donor father. She has a hunch he is still in the city in which he donated sperm and she is hell-bent on finding him and she wants Lucy and Harriet to experience the quest with her. But Lucy and Harriet are not ready to find (or meet) their sperm donor father, instead content with having just met each other. Tensions begin to build between Harriet and Meredith, especially when Meredith’s best friend Alex, who has left Montana to accompany Meredith on her journey, starts to like Harriet and the two develop a relationship outside of the one each has with Meredith. When Meredith, despite being Harriet’s “sister” catches wind of Harriet's budding relationship with her best friend Alex, she takes out her jealousy on Harriet physically, landing Harriet severely hurt. It turns out that Meredith is deeply troubled, mostly because of the fact that, unlike Harriet and Lucy who have always known, she did not find out that she was donor-conceived until she was twelve years old. Feeling betrayed and lied to by her parents, she is profoundly hurt and acutely angry and now feels betrayed again by her half-sister Harriet. Is it better to have always known, like Harriet and Lucy have? Is it not painful to find out later in life that you are donor-conceived and that the father you always thought was your father was not your father at all? These are just some of the issues explored in this novel. There is no sex, violence, or foul language used in the book and it is recommended for ages twelve and up.
Subject headings:


  • Children of sperm donors -- Juvenile fiction 
  • Seattle (Wash.) -- Juvenile fiction 
  • Sisters -- Juvenile fiction
  Available: http://www.orcabook.com/Spirit-Level-P1091.aspx

A big dose of lucky

A big dose of lucky
by Marthe Jocelyn
Language: English
Victoria, British Columbia : Orca Book Publishers, 2015.
249 pages ; 21 cm. 
ISBN: 9781459806689 ; 1459806689
Summary: Since she was a day old, the only world Malou Gillis has ever known is the 16 years she spent living in the Benevolent Home. When a fire breaks out one night, completely burning the home to the ground, Malou is told it is time for her and all the other teenage girls living there to leave to make their way in the world. Before she goes though, Mrs. Hazelton gives Malou two clues to her past - a baby bracelet with the words "Baby Fox" inscribed on it and the town of Parry Sound,  about 5 hours from the orphanage where she grew up. Having nothing except the $138.00 that was given to her,  Malou sets off to see if she can find out who her parents are. A series of unusual coincidences lead her to a job at the hospital where she is pretty sure she was born, a piece of paper with seven names on it, which she finds in the hospital's record room, one of whom she suspects is her mother's, and an encounter with several young people who all share her brown skin color. But it isn't until Malou shows up in town that they will all learn how they are connected. It turns out they were all donor-conceived at that same hospital. Does that mean they are all siblings and that Malou was donor-conceived as well? And if so, how do two parents go through all that trouble to have a baby only for that baby to end up in an orphanage? Except for one graphic description of how exactly men make deposits in the case of sperm donation, there is no sex, violence, or foul language in this book. Recommended for ages 12 and up.
Available: http://www.amazon.com/A-Big-Dose-Lucky-Secrets/dp/1459806689

Friday, May 15, 2015

Lola and the boy next door

Lola and the boy next door 
by Stephanie Perkins 
Language: English 
New York, N.Y. : Dutton Books, 2011. 
338 p. ; 22 cm. 
ISBN: 9780525423287 ; 0525423281 
Summary: Budding costume designer Lola lives an extraordinary life in San Francisco with her two dads and beloved dog, dating a punk rocker, but when the Bell twins return to the house next door Lola recalls both the friendship-ending fight with Calliope, a figure skater, and the childhood crush she had on Cricket. 
Available: http://www.amazon.com/Lola-Next-Door-Stephanie-Perkins/dp/0142422010/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1431689641&sr=8-1&keywords=Lola+and+the+boy+next+door+%2F+Stephanie+Perkins

Sunday, May 10, 2015

How I fell in love & learned to shoot free throws

How I fell in love & learned to shoot free throws 
by Jon Ripslinger 
Language: English 
Brookfield, Conn. : Roaring Brook Press, ©2003. 
170 pages ; 22 cm. 
ISBN: 0761327479 ; 9780761327479 
Summary: Seventeen-year-old Danny Henderson, an indifferent basketball player, has his eye on Angel McPherson, star of the girls' team in their Iowa high school. 
Available: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0761318925/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Sorta like a rock star

Sorta like a rock star : a novel 
by Matthew Quick 
Language: English 
New York : Little, Brown, 2010. 
355 p. ; 22 cm. 
ISBN: 9780316043526 ; 0316043524 
Summary: Although seventeen-year-old Amber Appleton is homeless, living in a school bus with her unfit mother, she is a relentless optimist who visits the elderly at a nursing home, teaches English to Korean Catholic women with the use of rhythm and blues music, and befriends a solitary Vietnam veteran and his dog, but eventually she experiences one burden more than she can bear and slips into a deep depression. 
Available: http://www.amazon.com/Sorta-Like-Rock-Matthew-Quick/dp/0316043532/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1431256509&sr=8-1&keywords=sorta+like+a+rock+star

Saturday, April 18, 2015

The friendship riddle

The friendship riddle 
by Megan Frazer Blakemore 
Language: English 
New York : Bloomsbury, 2015. 
368 p. 
ISBN: 9781619636309 ; 1619636301 
Summary: With nods to classic fantasy expertly woven into this surprising and emotionally-charged journey through the ups and downs of middle school, Megan Frazer Blakemore proves that even the bravest heroes need true friends by their side. Ruth Mudd-O'Flaherty has been a lone wolf at her new middle school ever since her best friend, Charlotte, ditched her for "cooler" friends. Who needs friends when you have fantasy novels? Roaming the stacks of her town's library is enough for Ruth. Until she finds a note in an old book...and in that note is a riddle, one that Ruth can't solve alone. With a tantalizing set of clues before her, Ruth must admit she needs help, the kind that usually comes from friends. Lena and Coco, two kids in her class could be an option, but allowing them in will require courage, and Ruth must decide: Is embarking on this quest worth opening herself up again? 
Available: http://www.amazon.com/Friendship-Riddle-Megan-Frazer-Blakemore/dp/1619636301

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Whose Eyes are These?

Whose Eyes are These? 
by Marcia Byalick 
Language: English 
Black Rose Writing, 2015. 
118 p. 
ISBN: 161296463X ; 9781612964638 
Summary: Sloane, the best hip hop dancer in Lakeview Middle School, discovers her dad is not her biological father after he's diagnosed with leukemia, and doctors hopscotch over her to get the compatible, life-saving bone marrow he needs from her eight-year-old sister. The fallout from this news... anger at her parents for their secrecy, jealousy toward Emma, (their "real" child)... and most of all, intense curiosity about the mystery man responsible for her blue eyes... leads Sloane to make questionable alliances and take uncomfortable risks. Sloane's unhappiness infects how she handles the job she's most proud of... choreographer of the seventh grade talent show. As she figures out exactly how important what's inherited is in creating who she is, she moves from assigning blame and regains confidence in her role as a daughter. Along the way she gains a better understanding of forgiveness, loyalty and the unbreakable bonds of love. 
Available: http://www.amazon.com/Whose-Eyes-These-Marcia-Byalick/dp/161296463X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1425559653&sr=8-1&keywords=marcia+byalick

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Dasœ Geheimnis des ehrenwerten Hauses eine etwas andere Detektivgeschichte

Dasœ Geheimnis des ehrenwerten Hauses eine etwas andere Detektivgeschichte 
by Stefan Remigius 
illus. by Doris Wallraff 
Language: German 
Mörfelden FamART-Verl. 2014.
160 S. Ill. 21 cm, 240 gr. 
ISBN: 9783981141085 3981141083 
Summary: Eine Detektivgeschichte für Kinder ab 8 Jahre - und eine Geschichte über Freundschaft, Hilfe in der Not und über Familien, die etwas anders und doch ganz gewöhnlich sind. 
Available: http://www.amazon.de/Das-Geheimnis-ehrenwerten-Hauses-Detektivgeschichte/dp/3981141083/ref=sr_1_17?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1413723282&sr=1-17&keywords=Samenspende

Virus 57

Virus 57
by Christophe Lambert; Sam Vansteen
Language: French
Paris : Syros, 2014.
376 p. ; 21 cm.
ISBN: 9782748514650 ; 2748514653
Summary: 57 adolescents, procréés par insémination artificielle et issus du même donneur, sont porteurs d'un virus virulent et contagieux qui se déclenche à l'adolescence et lorsqu'il fait plus de 45 degrés. 57 bombes bactériologiques lâchées dans la nature et aucun remède...
Available: http://www.amazon.fr/Virus-57-Christophe-Lambert/dp/2748514653

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fast genial

Fast genial 
by Benedict Wells 
Language: German 
Zürich : Diogenes, 2011. 
336 S. ; 184 mm x 116 mm. 
ISBN: 9783257067897 ; 3257067895 
Summary: Die unglaubliche, aber wahre Geschichte über einen mittellosen Jungen aus dem Trailerpark, der eines Tages erfährt, dass sein ihm unbekannter Vater ein Genie ist, und sich auf die Suche nach ihm macht – das Abenteuer seines Lebens. 
Available: http://www.amazon.de/Fast-genial-Roman-Benedict-Wells/dp/3257241984/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1413288946&sr=1-1&keywords=Fast+genial+Wells%2C+Benedict

Das unsichtbare Herz

Das unsichtbare Herz 
by Friedrich Ani 
Language: German 
München : C. Hanser, 2005. 
219 p. ; 22 cm. 
ISBN: 9783446206045 3446206043 
Summary: Sie lernen sich in einem Chatroom kennen und wollen es erst nicht glauben: Alle drei wurden künstlich gezeugt. Merit, 17, weil ihre Mutter in einer lesbischen Beziehung lebt. Frederick, 15, weil sein Vater unfruchtbar ist. Dennis, 15, weil seine gehörlose Mutter ein gehörloses Kind haben wollte. Sie könnten unterschiedlicher nicht sein, doch in einem sind sie sich einig: Sie möchten wissen, wer ihre leiblichen Väter sind. 
Available: http://www.amazon.de/Das-unsichtbare-Herz-Friedrich-Ani/dp/3423623861/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1413287818&sr=1-1&keywords=Das+unsichtbare+Herz

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Panic

Panic 
by Lauren Oliver 
Language: English 
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]. 
408 pages ; 22 cm. 
ISBN: 9780062014559 ; 0062014552 
Summary: In the poor town of Carp, New York, a group of teens enters a high-stakes game that involves a series of secretive, possibly deadly challenges throughout the summer, with the winner receiving more than $50,000--enough money to start a new life. 
Available: http://www.amazon.com/Panic-Lauren-Oliver/dp/0062014552/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1406372918&sr=1-1&keywords=panic+lauren+oliver

Boy Red

Boy Red 
by S. D. Everington 
Language: English 
Musa Publishing, 2013.
ISBN: 9781619375154 
Summary: Boy Red is a story about identity, about where you come from and where you belong. The day after his sixteenth birthday, Red discovers that the man he calls ‘Dad’ is not his biological father. Will Red be able to track down the anonymous sperm donor who gave him life? What will he learn about himself along the way? And just what else are his parents hiding? 
Available: http://musapublishing.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=5&products_id=672

The making of us : a novel

The making of us : a novel 
by Lisa Jewell 
Language: English 
New York : Atria Books, 2012. 
403 p. ; 22 cm. 
ISBN: 9781451609110 ; 1451609116 
Summary: As a man named Daniel slowly fades away in a London hospice, he tells his friend Maggie that he was an anonymous sperm donor who fathered four children--a revelation that unexpectedly brings together a group of strangers, in this powerful celebration of family, friendship, life, and love. 
Available: http://www.amazon.com/The-Making-Us-A-Novel/dp/1451609116/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1406370111&sr=8-5&keywords=making+of+us

Teen spirit

Teen spirit 
by Francesca Lia Block 
Language: English 
New York : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014] 
234 pages ; 22 cm. 
ISBN: 9780062008091 ; 0062008099 
Summary: Julie wanted nothing more than to feel connected to her deceased grandmother, but when she actually makes contact with the other side it's not her grandmother that responds, but a spirit that has its own sinister agenda. 
Available: http://www.amazon.com/Teen-Spirit-Francesca-Lia-Block/dp/0062008099/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1406369706&sr=8-1&keywords=teen+spirit+block

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Progeny

Progeny 
by Anita Bihovsky 
Language: English 
CreateSpace, 2014 
244 pp. 
ISBN: 1495474801; 9781495474804 
Summary: Sitting beside her mother's deathbed, twenty-year-old Selene Mannon learns that the woman she's about to lose isn't her biological parent. Grieving and confused, Selene sets out to discover the identity of her real mother. Little does she know, the question isn't as simple as it seems. Curiously missing medical files kick off a mystery layered in deceit. Selene soon crosses paths with pediatrician Deandra Robbins, who is seeking the same files -- which may hold the key to diagnosing three of her young patients' puzzling symptoms. Aided by private investigator Max Field, they work together to unearth a past that others are determined to keep buried at all costs. But just when Selene believes she's finally gotten to the bottom of things, the biggest shock still awaits. While all this is happening, a mysterious born-again nurse, Merle Addison, is blackmailing a doctor she once worked for to ultimately fund a deadly plot that will intersect with Selene. Can Selene forgive the mother who raised and deceived her? Will she ever find her real mother? How far will people go to find -- or hide -- the truth? Join Selene and her friends as they struggle against the odds in search of answers that may be harder to cope with than a lifetime of lies. 
Available: http://www.amazon.com/Progeny-Anita-Bihovsky/dp/1495474801/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1398261652&sr=8-1&keywords=Anita+Bihovsky

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Lizzie!

Lizzie!
by Maxine Kumin
Language: English
New York : Seven Stories Press, [2014]
ISBN: 9781609805180; 1609805186
Summary: A bright, curious girl in a wheelchair who enjoys visiting a petting zoo in her Florida town uncovers a mystery surrounding a shack full of screeching monkeys.
Available: http://www.amazon.com/Lizzie-Maxine-Kumin/dp/1609805186/ref=lh_ni_t?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Ici Julie Joyal : une sorte de petit roman en quarante et un tableaux

Ici Julie Joyal : une sorte de petit roman en quarante et un tableaux
by Jean-Pierre April
Language: French
Montréal : XYZ éditeur, 2009.
162 p. ; 21 cm. 
ISBN: 9782892615463; 2892615461
Summary: Julie Joyal, née par insémination artificielle, est à la recherche de son père biologique.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Missing me

Missing me
by Sophie McKenzie
Language: English
London : Simon and Schuster, 2012.
290 p. ; 22 cm.
ISBN: 9780857077271; 0857077279
Summary: Six years have passed since the end of 'Sister, Missing'. Madison is now a teenager and learns that their biological father was an anonymous sperm donor and sets out to track him down. Her search bears fruit sooner than she expects, but is the father she discovers all he seems? As Madison gets drawn into a mysterious investigation involving missing girls and secret hideaways, she finds herself in more and more danger.
http://www.sophiemckenziebooks.com/

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Kid kind

Kid kind
by Caja Cazemier
Language: Dutch
Houten : Van Holkema & Warendorf, 2001.
144 p. ; 22 cm.
ISBN: 9026993986; 9789026993985
Summary: Als ze bijna 16 is, komt Emma erachter dat haar vader niet haar biologische vader is; ze gaat op zoek naar haar identiteit. Vanaf ca. 12 jaar.
Google translation: When she was almost 16, is Emma finds out that her father is not her biological father, she goes in search of her identity. From about 12 years.
http://www.cajacazemier.nl/

Friday, June 29, 2012

Dads, geeks and blue haired freaks

Dads, geeks and blue haired freaks
by Ellie Phillips
Language: English 
London : Electric Monkey, 2012.
295 p. ; 20 cm.
ISBN: 9781405258197; 1405258195  
Summary: Sadie Nathanson spends her life trying to survive the excruciating embarrassment of simply existing. It's hard enough being a bit of a shrinking violet within a loud and outspoken extended family, but the unexpected card from 'Dad' on her 15th birthday is the last straw. As 'Dad' was an Internet sperm-donor, it doesn't take a genius to work out that this is a bad joke, probably set up by her ex-best-friend Shonna. But it starts Sadie wondering - just who was her father? Is he the cause of her worry crinkle and wonky bum? What would happen if she tracked him down? So she decides to do just that. With help from her nerd cousin Billy, his friend Nodding Tony and a regular dose of 'Haironomics' (Sadie's own hairstyle-related philosophy system), they uncover a lot more than they bargain for.
http://www.elliephillips.co.uk/