Sunday, April 15, 2018

Being fishkill

Being Fishkill 
by Lehrer Ruth 
Language: English 
Massachusetts : Candlewick Press,U.S., 2018. 
210 x 140mm. 
ISBN: 9780763684426 ; 0763684422 
Summary: Fishkill Carmel fends for herself, with her fists if need be -- until a thwarted lunch theft introduces her to strange, sunny Duck-Duck and a chance for a new start. Born in the backseat of a moving car, Carmel Fishkill was unceremoniously pushed into a world that refuses to offer her security, stability, love. At age thirteen, she begins to fight back. Carmel Fishkill becomes Fishkill Carmel, who deflects her tormenters with a strong left hook and conceals her secrets from teachers and social workers. But Fishkill's fierce defenses falter when she meets eccentric optimist Duck-Duck Farina, and soon they, along with Duck-Duck's mother, Molly, form a tentative family, even as Fishkill struggles to understand her place in it. This fragile new beginning is threatened by the reappearance of Fishkill's unstable mother -- and by unfathomable tragedy. Poet Ruth Lehrer's young adult debut is a stunning, revelatory look at what defines and sustains family. And, just as it does for Fishkill, meeting Duck-Duck Farina and her mother will leave readers forever changed. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Being-Fishkill-Ruth-Lehrer/dp/0763684422

Monday, April 9, 2018

The south wind

The south wind 
by Michael Phayer 
Language: English 
CreateSpace, 2018. 
436 p. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1547191031 ; 9781547191031 Summary: Seventeen year old John Hawk begins his adult life during World War II with the specific intention of someday winning back the land the United States government had taken from his people, the Kaw Nation. His life experiences bring about the realization that he is an American as well as a Native American. Still, he partially fulfills his youthful resolution with the help of his beloved grandson, Jack Bond. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/South-Wind-Michael-Phayer/dp/1547191031/

The incredible magic of being

The incredible magic of being 
by Kathryn Erskine 
Language: English 
New York : Scholastic Press, 2017. ©2017. 
256 p. : cm. 
ISBN: 9781338148510 ; 1338148516 
Summary: Nine-year-old Julian almost died when he was born and he believes that he has a special connection to the universe because of that, and he wants to make his two moms and his sister (who turned into a black hole of discontentment when she turned fourteen) happy because he is convinced that soon he will die and travel to the dog star--but now they have moved to Maine and he resolves to also use his "uni-sense" ability to help Mr. X, their neighbor, who is in desparate need of healing. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Incredible-Magic-Being-Kathryn-Erskine/dp/1338148516/

Thursday, April 5, 2018

806 : a novel

806 : a novel 
by Cynthia Weil 
Language: English 
Indianapolis, IN : Tanglewood, [2018] ©2018. 
232 pages ; 23 cm. 
ISBN: 9781939100146 ; 1939100143 
Summary: KT, sixteen, learns that her father was Donor 806, discovers two half-brothers, and travels with them from Missouri to California to meet their biological father, redefining their notions of "family" along the way. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/806-Novel-Cynthia-Weil/dp/1939100143/

The Day Always Comes

The Day Always Comes 
by Richard Osborn
Language: English 
Archway 2017. 
p. : cm. 
ISBN: 9781480843998 ; 1480843997 
Summary: Mike Gibbons, who was conceived through artificial insemination, is just four when his single mother is killed in a car accident. After he is sent to live with his grandparents, Mike grows into a popular young high school athlete. Unfortunately, Mike is still angry about his mother's sudden death and not knowing his father's identity. When he enlists in the navy after graduation, he befriends Mary without any idea she is about to change his life forever. One night after Mike tells Mary about his family history, she encourages him to search for his donor father. Even as Mike's internal struggles continue and his release date from the navy quickly approaches, he decides to try to locate his father. But when his research leads him to believe he has finally found the man who gave him life, Mike is left to wonder whether this man is truly his father or whether there is something much darker lurking in the shadows, just waiting to be revealed. In this mystery thriller, a young man searching for his birth father is led down a dark path he never could have imagined. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1480843997/

The gardener

The gardener 
by S. A. Bodeen 
Language: English 
New York : Square Fish, 2011. 
233, 8 pages ; 21 cm. 
ISBN: 9780312659424 ; 0312659423 
Summary: When high school sophomore Mason finds a beautiful but catatonic girl in the nursing home where his mother works, the discovery leads him to revelations about a series of disturbing human experiments that have a connection to his own life. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0312659423/

Replica

Replica 
by Lauren Oliver 
Language: English 
New York, NY Harper, 2017. ©2016. 
236, 6 pages, 284, 10 pages ; 21 cm. 
Summary: Lyra's story begins in the Haven Institute, a building tucked away on a private island off the coast of Florida that from a distance looks serene. But up close the locked doors, military guards and bio-hazard suits tell a different story. Haven is a clandestine research facility where thousands of replicas, or human models, are born, raised and observed. When a surprise attack is launched, two of its young experimental subjects, Lyra, or 24, and the boy known only as 72, manage to escape. Gemma has been in and out of hospitals for as long as she can remember. A lonely teen, her life is circumscribed by home, school and her best friend, April. But after she is nearly abducted by a stranger claiming to know her, Gemma starts to investigate her family's past and discovers her father's mysterious connection to the secretive Haven research facility. Hungry for answers, she travels to Florida, only to stumble upon two replicas and a completely new set of questions. While the stories of Lyra and Gemma mirror each other, each contains revelations critically important to the other story. A flip book, each story can be read separately or in alternating chapters. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0062394169/

The Lotterys plus one

The Lotterys plus one 
by Emma Donoghue
Language: English 
London: Macmillan Children's Books, 2017. 
ISBN: 0545925843 ; 9780545925846 
Summary: Once upon a time, two couples with Jamaican, Native American, Indian, and Scottish ethnic roots won the lottery and bought a big house where all of them, four adults and seven adopted and biological children, could live together in harmony--but change is inevitable, especially when a disagreeable grandfather comes to stay. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0545925819/

Children of Eden

Children of Eden 
by Michael Beeney 
Language: English 
Underwood : InHouse Publishing. 2016. 
p. : cm. 
ISBN: 9781925497052 ; 1925497054 
Summary: Children of Eden by Michael Beeney takes us into the world of Harry Lester from London. Harry, like many others, took part in visiting unregulated infertility clinics when he was a medical student. Harry easily donated his genetic material to allow couples who were infertile to seek help. Twenty years after his donation period, Harry has given in to his wanderlust and is a doctor on a cruise ship. This allows him to work, but also travel as much as his heart desires. Harry's lifestyle is luxurious, carefree and fun. Twenty-year-old Jason Brown was born to a mother who desperately wanted him. He was the product of one of those unregulated infertility clinics, his father only ever known as a donor to him. That is until he becomes obsessed with finding out who his father is, and the drive to find this knowledge leads him on a journey around the world. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1857764307/

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Along the way

Along the way 
by Jacqueline A. Kolosov 
Language: English 
Carmel, Indiana : Luminis Books, [2015]. 
285 pages ; 22 cm. 
ISBN: 9781941311479 ; 1941311474 
Summary: Piper Rose, Dani Shapiro, and Alexandra ‘Tessa’ Louise De Mille Morrow share a history that goes back to their preschool years in Chicago when their families were still intact. Now Piper lives in Evanston with her divorced dad, her estranged, unstable mother popping in and out of her life at random moments. Meanwhile, Dani’s been living in Santa Fe with a psychologist mom pregnant with her fiancé’s IVF babies. The blueblood Tessa resides on a prominent street in Boston and dreams of a romantic and well-heeled love story like that of her great-grandmother who went to France during World War II. Now that it’s the summer before college, these radically different friends decide to celebrate their history and their future by walking the legendary pilgrimage along the Way of St. James, from the French Pyrenees to the Spanish city of Santiago. Along the way, each young woman must learn to believe in herself as well as in her friends, as their collective journey unfolds into the experience of a lifetime. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1941311482/

Fade to us

Fade to us 
by Julia Day 
Language: English 
New York : Wednesday Books, 2018. 
309 pages ; 22 cm. 
ISBN: 1250097371 ; 9781250097378 
Summary: Brooke's summer is going to be EPIC -- having fun with her friends and a job that lets her buy a car. Then her new stepfather announces his daughter is moving in. Brooke has always longed for a sibling, so she's excited about spending more time with her stepsister. But she worries, too. Natalie has Asperger's--and Brooke's not sure how to be the big sister that Natalie needs. After Natalie joins a musical theater program, Brooke sacrifices her job to volunteer for the backstage crew. She's mostly there for Natalie, but Brooke soon discovers how much she enjoys being part of the show. Especially sweet is the chance to work closely with charming and fascinating Micah--the production's stage manager. When her summer finally comes to an end, will Brooke finally have the family she so desperately wants--and the love she's only dreamed about? 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1250097371/

Tarnished

Tarnished 
by Kate Jarvik Birch 
Language: English 
Fort Collins, CO : Entangled Teen, an imprint of Entangled Publishing, LLC., [2018] ©2015. 
299 pages ; 20 cm. 
ISBN: 1633759040 ; 9781633759046 
Summary: Ella was genetically engineered to be the perfect pet-graceful, demure...and kept. In a daring move, she escaped her captivity and took refuge in Canada. But while she can think and act as she pleases, the life of a liberated pet is just as confining as the Congressman's gilded cage. Her escape triggered a backlash, and now no one's safe, least of all the other pets. But she's trapped, unable to get back to Penn-the boy she loves-or help the girls who need her. Back in the United States, pets are turning up dead. With help from a very unexpected source, Ella slips deep into the dangerous black market, posing as a tarnished pet available to buy or sell. If she's lucky, she'll be able to rescue Penn and expose the truth about the breeding program. If she fails, Ella will pay not only with her life, but the lives of everyone she's tried to save. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1633751279/

The tree-sitter : a novel

The tree-sitter : a novel 
by Suzanne Matson 
Language: English 
New York ; London : W.W. Norton, 2007. 
pages cm. 
ISBN: 9780393329445 ; 0393329445 
Summary: A passionate and tensely pitched tale of first love and idealism set in the Oregon forests. Julie Prince is a top college student, destined for conventional success. But then she falls in love with Neil, a radical graduate student, and abandons her privileged East Coast life to tree-sit in the forests of Oregon. At first it is a romantic field trip; soon, though, Julie finds herself increasingly moved by the magnificence of the endangered forest and, like Neil, invested in its protection. Eventually pulled into a militant act of sabotage, Julie is forced to reassess her deepest held loyalties and beliefs. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0393329445/

The summer of broken things

The summer of broken things 
by Margaret Peterson Haddix 
Language: English 
New York : Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, [2018]. 
393 pages ; 22 cm. 
ISBN: 9781481417648 ; 1481417649 
Summary: Fourteen-year-old Avery Armisted is athletic, rich, and pretty. Sixteen-year-old Kayla Butts is known as “butt-girl” at school. The two girls were friends as little kids, but that’s ancient history now. So it’s a huge surprise when Avery’s father offers to bring Kayla along on a summer trip to Spain. Avery is horrified that her father thinks he can choose her friends—and make her miss soccer camp. Kayla struggles just to imagine leaving the confines of her small town. But in Spain, the two uncover a secret their families had hidden from both of them their entire lives. Maybe the girls can put aside their differences and work through it together. Or maybe the lies and betrayal will only push them—and their families—farther apart. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Summer-Broken-Things-Margaret-Peterson/dp/1481417649/

Sparrow

Sparrow 
by Sarah Moon 
Language: English 
New York : Scholastic US , 2018. 
272 p. 
ISBN: 9781338032581 ; 1338032585 
Summary: Sparrow has always had a difficult time making friends. She would always rather have stayed home on the weekends with her mother, an affluent IT Executive at a Brooklyn bank, reading, or watching the birds, then playing with other kids. And that's made school a lonely experience for her. It's made LIFE a lonely experience. But when the one teacher who really understood her -- Mrs. Wexler, the school librarian, a woman who let her eat her lunch in the library office rather than hide in a bathroom stall, a woman who shared her passion for novels and knew just the ones she'd love -- is killed in a freak car accident, Sparrow's world unravels and she's found on the roof of her school in an apparent suicide attempt. With the help of an insightful therapist, Sparrow finally reveals the truth of her inner life. And it's here that she discovers an outlet in Rock & Roll music. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1338032585/

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Le suivant sur la liste - L'intégrale

Le suivant sur la liste : l'intégrale 
by Manon Fargetton 
Language: French 
Paris : Rageot, DL 2017. 
1 vol. (547 p.) ; 210 cm. 
ISBN: 9782700253252 ; 2700253256 
Summary: Guidés par Nathan, leur ami décédé et réincarné en intelligence artificielle, Izia, Samuel, Morgane et Timothée découvrent qu'ils sont nés dans la même clinique par procréation médicalement assistée. Leurs capacités exceptionnelles sont-elles le fruit de manipulations génétiques ? Lorsqu'ils apprennent que la mort de Nathan n'est pas due au hasard et qu'ils se sentent menacés à leur tour, ils se lancent à la recherche de leur concepteur. 
Available: https://www.amazon.fr/suivant-sur-liste-Lint%C3%A9grale/dp/2700253256

Prunelle de mes yeux

Prunelle de mes yeux 
by Marion Muller-Colard 
Language: French 
Paris : Gallimard-Jeunesse, 2011. 
(88 p.) ; 18 x 13 cm. 
ISBN: 9782070638123 ; 207063812X 
Summary: Il faut dire aussi qu'on m'a appelée Prunelle. Et après on s'étonne que je fasse une adolescence précoce. Quatorze ans, d'ailleurs, c'est plutôt l'adolescence tout court, voire l'adolescence un peu à la bourre… Et l'un des problèmes avec ma mère, c'est qu'elle n'a jamais sérieusement envisagé que je puisse grandir. Comment j'ai pu marcher aussi longtemps dans ses délires ? Ce n'est pas une mère, c'est un garde du corps. Mais ça cache quoi, au juste, tout ça? 
Available: https://www.amazon.fr/Prunelle-mes-yeux-Marion-Muller-Colard/dp/207063812X/

Les effets du hasard

Les effets du hasard 
by Marie Leymarie 
Language: French 
Paris : Syros, DL 2016. 
1 vol. (204 p.) ; 22 cm. 
ISBN: 9782748520941 ; 2748520947 
Summary: Maïa a été choisie sur catalogue par ses parents. Et si elle ne répondait pas à leurs attentes ?... Maïa a les yeux noisette, les cheveux châtains, un petit nez légèrement retroussé et un QI de 117. Elle correspond en tout point aux critères choisis par ses parents sur catalogue, quinze ans plus tôt. Un soir, elle est abordée par Anthony, un garçon aux yeux verts. Maïa accepte de prendre un verre avec lui, bien qu'il lui semble beaucoup trop intelligent pour elle. Et dans sa tête tourne en boucle l'avertissement de sa prof de biologie : " Si vous tombez amoureux, ne vous affolez pas... ça fait partie des maladies bénignes de l'adolescence. Quelques comprimés de Deluvio 300, et c'est réglé." 
Available: https://www.amazon.fr/effets-du-hasard-Marie-Leymarie/dp/2748520947

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Donneur XT55

Donneur XT55
by Patrice Guiraud
Language: French
Saint-Denis : Édilivre, DL 2015.
1 vol. (104 p.) ; 21 cm.
ISBN: 9782332952981 ; 2332952985
Summary: Deux familles que rien ne pouvait réunir croisent leur destin au travers de la maladie et de l’acharnement d’un enfant qui veut donner un sens à sa vie en tentant de rechercher ses origines. Mais il ne se doutait pas que sa découverte sauverait une vie.
Available: https://livre.fnac.com/a8769664/Patrice-Guiraud-Donneur-XT55&prev=search

Chaîne de vie

Chaîne de vie 
by Roger Judenne 
Language: French 
Paris : Oskar jeunesse, 2008. 
1 vol. (70 p.) ; 20 cm. 
ISBN: 9782350002828 2350002829 
Summary: Ou découvre brutalement que son papa adoré n'est pas son père biologique, parce qu'il est dans l'incapacité de faire des enfants. Sa mère a été inséminée artificiellement avec le sperme d'un donneur anonyme. Cette nouvelle bouleverse Lou, et connaître ses origines devient son obsession. Heureusement, il y a Internet... 
Available:

Saturday, March 25, 2017

You're welcome, universe

You're welcome, universe 
by Whitney Gardner 
Language: English 
New York : Alfred A Knopf, 2017. ©2017 
297 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm. 
ISBN: 0399551417 ; 9780399551413 
Summary: When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural. Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a "mainstream" school in the suburbs, where she's treated like an outcast as the only deaf student. The last thing she has left is her art, and not even Banksy himself could convince her to give that up. Out in the 'burbs, Julia paints anywhere she can, eager to claim some turf of her own. But Julia soon learns that she might not be the only vandal in town. Someone is adding to her tags, making them better, showing off—and showing Julia up in the process. She expected her art might get painted over by cops. But she never imagined getting dragged into a full-blown graffiti war. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Youre-Welcome-Universe-Whitney-Gardner/dp/0399551417/

Saturday, January 14, 2017

The upside of unrequited

The upside of unrequited 
by Becky Albertalli 
Language: English 
[S.l.] : Balzer + Bray, 2017. 
352 p. : cm. 
ISBN: 0062348701 ; 9780062348708 
Summary: Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful. Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly's totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie's new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she'll get her first kiss and she'll get her twin back. There's only one problem: Molly's coworker, Reid. He's a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there's absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Upside-Unrequited-Becky-Albertalli/dp/0062348701/

The secret of a heart note

The secret of a heart note 
by Stacey Lee 
Language: English 
New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]. 
376 pages ; 22 cm. 
ISBN: 0062428322 ; 9780062428325 
Summary: An aroma expert embarks on what she fears will be a life of solitude and dreams of a normal high school existence before an accident leads to an unexpected forbidden romance. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Heart-Note-Stacey-Lee/dp/0062428322/

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Tomorrowland : 10 stories about the future

Tomorrowland : 10 stories about the future
by Michael Cart 
Language: English 
New York : Scholastic Press, 1999. 
ix, 198 pages ; 24 cm. 
ISBN: 0590376780 ; 9780590376785 
Summary: A collection of ten stories about the future, by such authors as Lois Lowry, Katherine Paterson, and Jon Scieszka. Includes one story, The other half of me, by Jacqueline Woodson, about a sperm donor conceived teenager. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Tomorrowland-Ten-Stories-about-Future/dp/0590376799/

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