Friday, July 22, 2022

You Know, Sex: Bodies, Gender, Puberty, and Other Things

You know, sex : a book about bodies, gender, puberty, and other things 
by Cory Silverberg 
illus. by Fiona Smyth 
Language: English 
New York : Seven Stories Press, 2022. 
432 p. : col. ill. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9781644210802 ; 1644210800 
Summary: In a bright graphic format featuring four dynamic middle schoolers, You Know, Sex grounds sex education in social justice, covering not only the big three of puberty—hormones, reproduction, and development—but also power, pleasure, and how to be a decent human being. Centering young people’s experiences of pressures and joy, risk and reward, and confusion and discovery, there are chapters on body autonomy, disclosure, stigma, harassment, pornography, trauma, masturbation, consent, boundaries and safety in our media-saturated world, puberty and reproduction that includes trans, non-binary, and intersex bodies and experience, and more. Racially and ethnically diverse, inclusive of cross-disability experience, this is a book for every kind of young person and every kind of family. You Know, Sex is the first thoroughly modern sex ed book for every body navigating puberty and adolesence, essential for kids, everyone who knows a kid, and anyone who has ever been a kid. 

Hjalte Donut 3

Værste bedste sommer (Hjalte Donut, 3) 
by Anja Hitz 
Language: Danish 
[Helsingør] : ABC, 2022. 
140 sider : ill. i farver 
ISBN: 9788775890194 
Summary: ”Det bliver bare mit livs bedste sommerferie,” siger Krusemynte. Det giver et lille stik i maven. Jeg ved ikke hvorfor. Hver dag må gerne være hendes livs bedste. Men en hel måned uden mig. Hvordan kan hun glæde sig så meget til det? ”Men jeg kommer selvfølgelig til at savne jer begge to helt vildt,” siger hun og blinker til mig. ”Jeg får ikke tid til at savne jer en skid,” udbryder Viktor. ”Jeg får alt for travlt med at skyde med harpun nede på bunden af havet.” Lalandia! tænker jeg. Det kan også noget. Især når man er i det helt rigtige selskab ... Sjette klasse er slut for altid. Krusemynte og Viktor er væk det meste af ferien, men så har Hjalte heldigvis gode planer med Alex og den nye familie. Eller har han? Pludselig er ferien fyldt med Selina og ting, der går galt. Selv Mulle har ændret sig... Dette er den tredje bog i serien om Hjalte Donut.

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Where the sky llives

Where the Sky Lives 
by Margaret Dilloway 
Language: English 
HarperCollins Publishers 2022. 
336 p. 
ISBN: 9780063047242 ; 0063047241 
Summary: When life doesn’t make sense, twelve-year-old amateur astronomer Tuesday Beals has always looked to the stars above Zion National Park, where she lives. Her beloved late uncle Ezra taught her astronomy, but now their special stargazing sites are all she has left of him, along with his ashes and a poem that may be a riddle. Then a new housing development next door threatens to ruin the night skies and her favorite astronomy spots. Desperate to focus on something besides the growing uncle-sized chasm between her and her mother, the park archeologist, Tuesday takes up photography with her best friend, Carter, after they find an abandoned camera. With this new way of seeing the universe, she tries to solve her uncle’s riddle to save the land. But one day, a photo reveals clues about an endangered animal—one that could halt construction. Will the discovery be enough to save the park and keep the rest of her world from falling apart?

Sunday, February 27, 2022

I Kissed Shara Wheeler

I Kissed Shara Wheeler 
by Casey McQuiston 
Language: English 
Wednesday Books, 2022. 
368 p. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1250244455 ; 9781250244451 
Summary: After seventeen-year-olds Chloe and Shara, Chloe's rival for valedictorian, kiss, Shara vanishes leaving Chloe and two boys, who are also enamored with Shara, to follow the trail of clues she left behind, but during the search, Chloe starts to suspect there might be more to Shara and her small Alabama town than she thought. 

Monday, February 21, 2022

Flight of the Puffin

Flight of the Puffin 
by Ann Braden 
Language: English 
New York : Penguin Young Readers Group, 2021. 
229 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm. 
ISBN: 9781984816061 ; 1984816063 
Summary: Told in multiple voices, seventh-grader Libby sets off a chain of events that brings hope and encouragement to four different individuals across the country who are dealing with bullies, acceptance, homelessness, and grief. 

Maizy Chen's last chance

Maizy Chen's last chance 
by Lisa Yee 
Language: English 
New York : Random House, [2022] ©2022. 
276 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm. 
ISBN: 9781984830258 ; 1984830252 
Summary: Eleven-year-old Maizy Chen visits her estranged grandparents, who own and run a Chinese restaurant in Last Chance, Minnesota; as her visit lengthens, she makes unexpected discoveries about her family's history and herself. 

Field Notes on Love

Field Notes on Love 
by Jennifer E. Smith 
Language: English 
Ember, 2020. 
274 pages ; 21 cm. 
ISBN: 0399559442 ; 9780399559440 
Summary: It's the perfect idea for a romantic week together: traveling across America by train. But then Hugo's girlfriend dumps him. Her parting gift: the tickets for their long-planned last-hurrah-before-college trip. Only, it's been booked under her name. Nontransferable, no exceptions. Mae is still reeling from being rejected from USC's film school. When she stumbles across Hugo's ad for a replacement Margaret Campbell (her full name!), she's certain it's exactly the adventure she needs to shake off her disappointment and jump-start her next film. A cross-country train trip with a complete stranger might not seem like the best idea. But to Mae and Hugo, both eager to escape their regular lives, it makes perfect sense. What starts as a convenient arrangement soon turns into something more. But when life outside the train catches up to them, can they find a way to keep their feelings for each other from getting derailed? 

Sunday, February 20, 2022

Hjalte Donut 2 - venner, som k*****

Hjalte Donut 2 - venner, som k***** 
by Anja Hitz 
Language: Danish 
[Helsingør] : ABC, 2021. 
137 sider : ill. 
ISBN: 9788779169470 ; 8779169473 
Summary: Det er ikke helt nemt at være Hjalte. Mulle fra donorgruppen vil igen have Hjalte til at hjælpe sig, og endnu engang handler det om kys og kærester. Hjalte får tilbud om at være spilfigur, men han synes, han ligner en syg bæver på Veras tegninger. Mor kritiserer Alex og har svært ved at dele Hjalte med ham. Og så er der det med Krusemynte. Er hun og Hjalte bare bedste venner, eller er de blevet noget andet ... 

Hjalte Donut

Hjalte Donut 
by Anja Hitz 
illus. by Birgitte Ahlmann 
Language: Danish 
ABC Forlag : [sælges på internettet], 2020. 
p. ; cm. 
ISBN: 9788779168619 ; 8779168612 
Summary: ”Hvorfor skal du overhovedet kysse med en hel masse?” Jeg kan mærke, at jeg bliver helt rød i hovedet, da jeg selv siger kysse. ”Jeg prøver nogle forskellige, og så ser jeg, hvem jeg vil gå efter,” siger Mulle. Hjalte har ingen far. I hvert fald ikke en han nogensinde kommer til at kende. Sådan er det bare at være donorbarn. 

Donor Child: a child of love

Donor Child: a child of love 
by Emma Grønbæk 
Language: English and Danish 
Denmark: Saxo, 2021. 
123 pages 
ISBN: 8740401863 ; 9788740401868 
Summary: In this book, you will meet me, Emma, and my family. I share my story of being a donor child, how it has impacted my life, my parents' involuntary childlessness, and how we have dealt with donor conception in my family. Against the advice from doctors, my parents choose from the beginning to tell me the truth about the help they had received to become a family. Today, my parents have three children, all of whom have come into the world through fertility treatments. Our story is not unique. Many couples worldwide have difficulty having children and this means that up to every 10th child is born with the help of fertility treatments. I have invited leading Danish specialists to put my personal story in perspective with their knowledge of fertility treatment, choice of donor, relationships, and family life. Read the book as a impute on the debate regarding donor use and how it can influence children who are conceived through fertility treatments with donor conception. 

The Lost Family: How DNA Testing Is Upending Who We Are

The Lost Family: How DNA Testing Is Upending Who We Are 
by Libby Copeland 
Language: English 
New York : Abrams Press, 2020. 
ISBN: 9781419747939 ; 1419747932 
Summary: Journalist Libby Copeland explores the culture of genealogy buffs, the science of DNA, and the business of companies like Ancestry, and delves into the lives that have been changed by home DNA tests. 

Triple Helix : My donor-conceived story

Triple Helix : My donor-conceived story 
by Lauren Burns 
Language: English 
St. Lucia, Qld : University of Queensland Press, 2022. 
v. ; 23 cm. 
ISBN: 9780702265433 ; 0702265438 
Summary: The compelling story of one woman's journey to find out the truth about her paternity-and to come to grips with the rewriting of her own history and sense of identity. 

Brave new humans : the dirty reality of donor conception

Brave new humans : the dirty reality of donor conception 
by Sarah Dingle 
Language: English 
Richmond, VIC : Hardie Grant Books, 2021. 
vi, 345 pages ; 24 cm. 
ISBN: 9781743796382 ; 1743796382 
Summary: Journalist Sarah Dingle was 27 when she learned that her identity was a lie. Over dinner one night, her mother casually mentioned Sarah had been conceived using a sperm donor. The man who'd raised Sarah wasn't her father; in fact, she had no idea who her father was. Or who she really was. As the shock receded, Sarah put her professional skills to work and began to investigate her own existence. Thus began a ten-year journey to understand who she was - digging through hospital records, chasing leads, and taking a DNA test - that finally led her to her biological origins. What she discovered along the way was shocking: hospital records routinely destroyed, trading of eggs and sperm, women dead, donors exploited, and hundreds of thousands of donor-conceived people globally who will never know who they are. But there's one thing this industry hasn't banked on: the children of the baby business taking on their makers. In a profoundly personal way, Brave New Humans shines a light on the global fertility business today - a booming and largely unregulated industry that takes a startlingly lax approach to huge ethical concerns, not least our fundamental human need to know who we are, and where we come from. 

Uprooted : family trauma, unknown origins, and the secretive history of artificial insemination

Uprooted : family trauma, unknown origins, and the secretive history of artificial insemination 
by Peter J. Boni 
Language: English 
Austin, Texas : Greenleaf Book Group Press, [2022]. 
xv, 268 pages ; 24 cm. 
ISBN: 162634907X ; 9781626349070 
Summary: How a journey of self-discovery unearthed the scandalous evolution of artificial insemination. Just before his fiftieth birthday, Peter's seventy-five-year-old mother unveiled a bombshell: His deceased father was not biological. Peter was conceived in 1945 via an anonymous sperm donor. 

The Science of Being Angry

The Science of Being Angry 
by Nicole Melleby 
Language: English 
Chapel Hill, NC : Algonquin of Chapel Hill, 2022. 
288 p. : cm. 
ISBN: 1643750372 ; 9781643750378 
Summary: Eleven-year-old Joey navigates family, friendships, and her first crush, while looking for answers to why she feels so angry sometimes and by searching for the donor her moms chose.

The Epic Story of Every Living Thing

The Epic Story of Every Living Thing 
by Deb Caletti 
Language: English 
New York : Labyrinth Road, 2022. 
p. ; cm. 
ISBN: 0593485513 ; 9780593485514 
Summary: Harper Proulx has lived her whole life with unanswered questions about her anonymous sperm donor father. She's convinced that without knowing him, she can't know herself. When a chance Instagram post connects Harper to a half-sibling, that connection yields many more and ultimately leads Harper to uncover her father's identity. 

Love somebody

Love somebody 
by Rachel Roasek 
Language: English 
New York : Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, 2022. 
357 pages ; 22 cm. 
ISBN: 0374388962 ; 978-0374388966
  • Summary: Seventeen-year-old overachiever Sam attempts to encourage a love connection between her athletic ex-boyfriend Christian and her academic rival Ros while trying not to fall for Ros herself. 

Sunday, November 7, 2021

The End

The End 
by Mats Strandberg 
Language: English 
Arctis, 2020. 
384 pages 
ISBN: 1646900065 ; 9781646900060 
Summary: When will the world end? With Foxworth, a massive comet, hurtling toward Earth, humanity now knows the exact date. Seventeen-year-old Simon wants to spend his last weeks with the people he cares about most, especially his goal-oriented swimmer ex-girlfriend, Tilda, who dumped him shortly after the news broke. Since Lucinda was diagnosed with cancer she’s, retreated into herself preparing for the inevitable. Suddenly facing down a death that makes her the same as everyone else, she longs to connect again but doesn’t quite know where to start. Reaching out to her former best friend Tilda seems like a good first step. Then Tilda is found dead and accusations start circling that Simon is the killer. As the days tick down, Simon and Lucinda only want to know the truth, but the more they uncover the final days of the girl they both cared for deeply, the clearer the things that really matter become. Probing the question How would you spend your last days if you knew exactly when they’d run out? The End is a taut and riveting pre-apocalyptic thriller underpinned with sharp social commentary, that blends the urgency of Neal and Jarrod Shusterman’s Dry with the dark tension of Courtney Summer’s Sadie. 

Sunday, September 12, 2021

No fixed address

No fixed address 
by Susin Nielsen-Fernlund 
Language: English 
London : Andersen Press, 2020. ©2018. 
276 pages ; 20 cm. 
ISBN: 9781783448326 ; 1783448326 
Summary: Felix Knutsson is nearly thirteen, lives with his mother and pet gerbil Horatio, and is brilliant at memorizing facts and trivia. But Felix and his mom Astrid have a secret: they are living in a van. Astrid promises it's only for a while until she finds a new job, and begs Felix not to breathe a word about it. So when Felix starts at a new school, he does his very best to hide the fact that most of his clothes are in storage, he only showers weekly at the community center, and that he doesn't have enough to eat. When his friends Dylan and Winnie ask to visit, Felix always has an excuse. But Felix has a plan to turn his and Astrid's lives around. All he needs is a little luck and a lot of brainpower. 

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Proud of me

 

Proud of me 
by Sarah Hagger-Holt 
Language: English 
London : Usborne Publishing Ltd., 2021. 
1 volume ; 20 cm. 
ISBN: 9781474966245 ; 1474966241 
Summary: Becky and Josh are almost-twins, with two mums and the same anonymous donor dad. Josh can't wait until he's eighteen, the legal age when he can finally contact his donor, and he'll do anything to find out more - even if it involves lying. Becky can't stop thinking about her new friend, Carli. Could her feelings for Carli be a sign of something more? Becky and Josh both want their parents to be proud of them...but right now, they're struggling to even accept themselves. 

Monday, January 18, 2021

The people we choose

 

The people we choose 
by Katelyn Detweiler 
Language: English 
New York : Holiday House, [2021]. 
304 p. : cm. 
ISBN: 9780823446643 ; 0823446646 
Summary: When Calliope Silversmith meets her new neighbor Max, their chemistry is instantaneous, but the revelation of her biological father's identity throws her whole life into disarray. Calliope Silversmith has always had just two friends in her small Pennsylvania town, Ginger and Noah, and she's fine with that. She's never wanted anything more than her best friends, her moms, their house in the woods, and their family-run yoga studio--except maybe knowing who her sperm donor is. Her curiosity has been building for years, and she can finally find out this summer when she turns eighteen. But when Max and his family move into the sad old house across the woods from Calliope, she realizes it's nice to get to know someone new, so nice that she decides to break her no dating rule. The stability of her longtime trio wavers as she and Max start to spend more and more time together. When Calliope finally finds out who her sperm donor is, she learns a truth more shocking and unfathomable than she could have ever dreamed: her donor is Max's father. How is this even possible? As she and Max struggle to redefine their friendship, Calliope realizes that she can turn a horrific situation into something positive by recognizing and accepting that family is both the one we are born into and the one we choose to make. 

Saint Ivy: kind at all costs

 

Saint Ivy: kind at all costs 
by Laurie Morrison 
Language: English 
New York : Amulet Books, 2021. 
336 p. : cm. 
ISBN: 141974125X ; 9781419741258 
Summary: A thoughtful middle-grade novel about caring for others and for yourself––and what it truly means to be kind and vulnerable. Thirteen-year-old Ivy Campbell has always been a good kid: She supports her soccer-star brother, bakes with her nana, and puts her friends’ needs before her own. So of course, Ivy is 100 percent supportive when her mom decides to be a gestational surrogate, carrying and giving birth to her friends’ baby. But when Ivy finds out the surrogacy treatment worked and her mom is pregnant—and has been for weeks—she’s shocked that she’s jealous and worried about what others will think. And most of all, she’s ashamed that she isn’t reacting to this news in the right way. The Ivy way. Ivy is determined to prove to herself that she’s just as unselfish as she’s always believed, and she gets the chance to do that when she receives an anonymous email from someone who needs her help. But the more Ivy dives into helping this anonymous person, the further she gets from the people she loves—and from the person who she wants to be. 

First Day of My Life

 

First Day of My Life 
by Lisa Williamson 
Language: English 
Oxford : David Fickling Books, 2021. 
p. : cm. 
ISBN: 9781788451536 ; 1788451538 
Summary: A brand new YA novel from bestselling, award-winning author Lisa Williamson! A love letter to best friendship, first loves, and unexpected surprises, and a powerful reminder that every day is the first day of the rest of your life. Best friends Frankie and Jojo do everything together - so when Jojo goes missing on GCSE results day, Frankie knows something must be seriously wrong. Then news breaks that a baby has been stolen. When Frankie finally gets a return call from Jojo and hears a crying baby in the background, she can't help but jump to conclusions. She asks her ex-boyfriend Ram to help her track down Jojo but he's less than convinced by her theory. Jojo is the most reliable person he knows - there's got to be another explanation. Right? As the race to find Jojo begins, it becomes clear there are three sides to this story. Friendships are put to the ultimate test as Frankie and Ram are forced to work together to find out the truth - even if that truth destroys everything. 

Friday, July 24, 2020

Hollys Hav

Hollys Hav 
by Lone Elmstedt Bild 
Language: Danish 
Høst & Søn : [sælges på internettet], 2019. 
p. : cm. 
ISBN: 9788763865050 ; 876386505X 
Summary: Hollys Hav er en roman om Ydre og Indre forandringer, om den første forelskelse, om venskaber, identitet, ensomhed, og om hvad det vil sige at være en familie. Da Hollys mor fortæller, at hun er gravid med en anden mand, og at Hollys fartter, bliver der vendt op og ned ned Hollys tilværelse. Hollys far er ikke hendes biologisk far, og Holly bliver i tvivl, om han så stadig er hendes far, når han ikke bor der mere. På trods af et nyt Akvarium og en spirende forelskelse bliver 13-årige Holly mere og mere forvirret og trist. 
Available: https://www.adlibris.com/fi/kirja/hollys-hav-9788763865050

Saturday, March 7, 2020

The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza

The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza 
by Shaun David Hutchinson 
Language: English 
Simon Pulse, 2018. 
448 p. ; cm. 
ISBN: 1481498541 ; 9781481498548 
Summary: Sixteen-year-old Elena Mendoza is the product of a virgin birth. This can be scientifically explained (it’s called parthenogenesis), but what can’t be explained is how Elena is able to heal Freddie, the girl she’s had a crush on for years, from a gunshot wound in a Starbucks parking lot. Or why the boy who shot Freddie, David Combs, disappeared from the same parking lot minutes later after getting sucked up into the clouds. What also can’t be explained is the talking girl on the front of a tampon box, or the reasons that David Combs shot Freddie in the first place. As more unbelievable things occur, and Elena continues to perform miracles, the only remaining explanation is the least logical of all—that the world is actually coming to an end, and Elena is possibly the only one who can do something about it. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Apocalypse-Elena-Mendoza-Shaun-Hutchinson/dp/1481498541/

Lucky Few

Lucky Few 
by Kathryn Ormsbee 
Language: English 
Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2016. 
400 p. ; cm. 
ISBN: 148145529X ; 9781481455299 
Summary: The life of homeschooler Stevie Hart gets all shook up when she meets Max, a strange boy who survived a freak near-fatal accident and is now obsessed with death. He enlists her and her best friend, Sanger, to help him complete his absurd “23 Ways to Fake My Death Without Dying” checklist. What starts off as fun begins spiraling downward when Stevie’s diabetes sabotages her fumbling romance with Max, Sanger announces she’s moving out of state, and then death—real death—cuts a little too close to home. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Lucky-Few-Kathryn-Ormsbee/dp/148145529X

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Ganz der Papa! : Samenspender: unbekannt

Ganz der Papa! : Samenspender: unbekannt 
by Arthur Kermalvezen 
Language: German 
Düsseldorf : Patmos, 2009. 
167 Seiten ; 22 cm. 
ISBN: 9783491360211 ; 3491360218 
Summary: Wo kommen wir her? Kinder werden im Reagenzglas oder mittels Samenspende gezeugt oder von Leihmüttern ausgetragen. Andere wachsen in Patchworkfamilien auf. Eine biologische Verwandtschaft mit beiden Eltern, wie es das konventionelle Familienmodell vorsah, ist längst nicht mehr die Regel. Vor dreißig Jahren kam das erste Retortenbaby zur Welt, seither ist die künstliche Befruchtung Routine geworden – in Deutschland verdankt mehr als jedes hundertste Kind der Reproduktionsmedizin sein Leben. Wie fühlt man sich als Spenderkind? Arthur Kermalvezen, der erwachsene Sohn eines anonymen Samenspenders, erzählt seine Geschichte und erörtert die Frage, wie wichtig die genealogische Abstammung für unser Selbstverständnis ist. 
Available: https://www.amazon.de/dp/3491360218

Bis ich ihn finde: Die Geschichte einer Vatersuche

Bis ich ihn finde: Die Geschichte einer Vatersuche 
by Christine Fehér 
Language: German 
Originalausgabe, 2020. 
320 p. 
ISBN: 357031300X ; 9783570313008 
Summary: Für andere bedeutet der 16. Geburtstag den Mofa-Führerschein oder endlich legal Bier trinken zu dürfen ― für Elena bedeutet er die langersehnte Möglichkeit, ihren Vater, den anonymen Samenspender, kennenzulernen. Dass diese Entscheidung nicht nur ihre Mütter in Unruhe versetzt, sondern auch Elenas Leben gehörig durcheinanderwirbelt, war ihr klar ― und doch kommt alles anders als gedacht ... In Deutschland gibt ca. 100.000 durch Samenspende gezeugte Kinder, aber die meisten von ihnen wissen nichts davon. Ähnlich wie adoptierte Kinder haben über 80% der aufgeklärten Spenderkinder ein Bedürfnis, ihren biologischen Vater kennenzulernen. Erst 2017 wurde im Bundestag ein eigenes Gesetz zur Regelung des Rechts auf Kenntnis der Abstammung verabschiedet, das Betroffenen jedoch nicht weit genug geht. 
Available: https://www.amazon.de/gp/product/357031300X/

Coup de Meltem

Coup de Meltem 
by Sigrid Baffert 
Language: French 
Genève : La Joie de lire, DL 2014. 
1 vol. (202 p.): Cover. ill. ; 21 cm. 
ISBN: 9782889082216 ; 2889082210 
Summary: Un roman fort sur un thème d’actualité qui fait débat, la procréation médicale assistée. Virgil est un adolescent américain comme les autres, jusqu’au jour où il perd connaissance lors d’une compétition de natation et qu’il apprend que son père n’est pas son père, mais un donneur anonyme, et qu’en plus, cet illustre inconnu lui a laissé en cadeau une terrible maladie, la maladie du Coeur de Verre. Frustré, en colère, Virgil cherche à savoir s’il a des demi-frères et des demi-soeurs souffrant du même mal. Il les retrouve dans un hôpital pour une batterie de tests et rencontre notamment Meltem, le petit Nobel et son frère Julius. Face à un avenir incertain, ils vont nouer de vrais liens fraternels. Et ensemble, trouver certaines réponses à leurs questions… Paraît simultanément dans la même collection : Autopsie d’un papillon. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Coup-de-Meltem/dp/2889082210

The princess and the fangirl : a Geekerella fairy tale

The princess and the fangirl : a Geekerella fairy tale 
by Ashley Poston 
Language: English 
Philadelphia : Quirk Books, [2019]. 
319 pages ; 22 cm. 
ISBN: 1683690966 ; 9781683690962 
Summary: "Imogen Lovelace is an ordinary fangirl on an impossible mission: save her favorite character, Princess Amara, from being killed off from her favorite franchise, Starfield. The problem is, Jessica Stone--the actress who plays Princess Amara--wants nothing more than to leave the intense scrutiny of the fandom behind. If this year's ExcelsiCon isn't her last, she'll consider her career derailed. When a case of mistaken identity throws look-a-likes Imogen and Jess together, they quickly become enemies. But when the script for the Starfield sequel leaks, and all signs point to Jess, she and Imogen must trade places to find the person responsible"--Dust jacket flap. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1683690966/

Saturday, January 4, 2020

The only black girls in town

The only black girls in town 
by Brandy Colbert 
Language: English 
New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2020. 
368 p. 
ISBN: 9780316456388 ; 0316456381 
Summary: Beach-loving surfer Alberta has been the only black girl in town for years. Alberta's best friend, Laramie, is the closest thing she has to a sister, but there are some things even Laramie can't understand. When the bed and breakfast across the street finds new owners, Alberta is ecstatic to learn the family is black-and they have a 12-year-old daughter just like her. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Only-Black-Girls-Town/dp/0316456381/

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Moi, Valentina, née par GPA

Moi, Valentina, née par GPA 
by Valentina Mennesson 
Language: French 
Paris : Michalon Editeur, 2019. 
1 vol. (147 p.) ; 20 cm. 
ISBN: 9782841869121 ; 2841869121 
Summary: Valentina Mennesson est née avec sa soeur jumelle Fiorella par mère porteuse, aux États-Unis, où la gestation pour autrui (GPA) est autorisée et encadrée. À ce jour, la France refuse de reconnaître leur filiation. Valentina prend part au débat en livrant son témoignage, celui d'une jeune fille comme les autres, qui ne s'est jamais sentie différente. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/2841869121/

Mes origines : Une affaire d'état

Mes origines : une affaire d'état 
by Audrey Kermalvezen 
Language: French 
Paris : Max Milo, [2014]. ©2014. 
360 pages ; 21 cm. 
ISBN: 9782315005079 ; 2315005078 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/2315005078/

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Inheritance : a memoir of genealogy, paternity, and love

Inheritance : a memoir of genealogy, paternity, and love 
by Dani Shapiro 
Language: English 
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2019. 
272 pages 
ISBN: 9781524732714 ; 1524732710 
Summary: In the spring of 2016, through a genealogy website to which she had whimsically submitted her DNA for analysis, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her father was not her biological father. She woke up one morning and her entire history--the life she had lived--crumbled beneath her. Inheritance is a book about secrets--secrets within families, kept out of shame or self-protectiveness; secrets we keep from one another in the name of love. It is the story of a woman's urgent quest to unlock the story of her own identity, a story that has been scrupulously hidden from her for more than fifty years, years she had spent writing brilliantly, and compulsively, on themes of identity and family history. It is a book about the extraordinary moment we live in--a moment in which science and technology have outpaced not only medical ethics but also the capacities of the human heart to contend with the consequences of what we discover. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/Inheritance-Memoir-Genealogy-Paternity-Love/dp/1524732710

Tell it to the moon

Tell it to the moon 
by Siobhan Curham 
Language: English 
London : Walker Books, 2017. 
327 pages; 20 cm. 
ISBN: 9781406366150 ; 1406366153 
Summary: To make a dream come true, tell it to the moon! Tell It to the Moon continues the story of Moonlight Dreamers Amber, Maali, Sky and Rose, who are not like everyone else and don't want to be: becoming friends gives them the courage to be themselves. After failing to find her surrogate mother, Amber is left unsure of who she is and what she wants to do; Maali's spiritual faith is tested when her father becomes ill; Sky, previously home-schooled, struggles to adapt to the pressures of the school system; and after having found the courage to come out, Rose begins to pursue her dream of becoming a patissier. Once again the four girls band together to help one another overcome their individual challenges and fulfill their dreams in this fabulous and heart-warming celebration of friendship. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1406366153/

The moonlight dreamers

The moonlight dreamers 
by Siobhan Curham 
Language: English 
London : Walker Books, 2016. 
345 pages ; 20 cm. 
ISBN: 9781406365825 ; 1406365823 
Summary: An inspirational, heart-warming book about four girls trying to find their place in the world. Siobhan Curham celebrates very different but like-minded friends in this captivating novel. Amber craves excitement and adventure. Instead, she's being bullied at school for having two dads, and life at home isn't much better. Inspired by Oscar Wilde, Amber realizes that among the millions of people in London, there must be others who feel the same as she does; other dreamers - moonlight dreamers. After chance encounters with Maali, Sky and Rose, Amber soon recruits the three girls to the Moonlight Dreamers. It's high time they started pursuing their dreams, and how better than with the support of friends? 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1406365823/

The Lotterys more or less

The Lotterys more or less 
by Emma Donoghue 
illus. by Caroline Hadilaksono 
Language: English 
London, England : Macmillan Children's Books, 2018. ©2018. 
277 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm. 
ISBN: 9781509883844 ; 1509883843 
Summary: Nine-year-old Sumac Lottery considers it her job to make sure none of the Lottery celebrations are forgotten, especially now at Christmas time, and in her large, gay, and multiethnic family there are a lot of occasions for celebration in the house they all call Camelottery--but when a terrible ice storm hits Toronto, one of her dads, and her favourite brother cannot make it home from India, and it becomes increasingly difficult to hang on to the holiday spirit. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1338207539/

Ashes to Asheville

Ashes to Asheville 
by Sarah Dooley 
Language: English 
New York: Penguin Young Readers Group, 2017. 
256 pages 
ISBN: 9780399165047 ; 0399165045 
Summary: A heartrending story of a family torn apart and put back together again, Ashes to Asheville is an important, timely tale. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0399165045/

Nikki on the line

Nikki on the line
by Barbara Caroll Roberts
Language: English
New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2019.
328 pages ; 20 cm.
ISBN: 9780316521901 ; 0316521906
Summary: Nikki, thirteen, dreams of being a great basketball player but struggles on her new, elite team while also juggling school stress, her non-traditional family, and revelations about her biological father.
Available: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0316521906/

Your own worst enemy

Your own worst enemy 
by Gordon Jack 
Language: English 
New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2018] ©2018. 
436 pages ; 22 cm. 
ISBN: 9780062399427 ; 006239942X 
Summary: Stacey Wynn was the clear front-runner for Lincoln High student council president. But then French-Canadian transfer student Julia Romero entered the race…and put the moves on Stacey’s best friend/campaign adviser, Brian. Stacey also didn’t count on Tony Guo, resident stoner, whose sole focus is on removing the school’s ban of his favorite chocolate milk, becoming the voice of the little guy, thanks to a freshman political “mastermind” with a blue Mohawk. Three candidates, three platforms, and a whirlwind of social media, gaffes, high school drama, and protests make for a ridiculously hilarious political circus that just may hold some poignant truth somewhere in the mix. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/006239942X/

Jack of hearts (and other parts)

Jack of hearts (and other parts) 
by L.C. Rosen 
Language: English 
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018. 
352 pages 
ISBN: 9780316480536 0316480533 
Summary: Jack has a lot of sex--and he's not ashamed of it. While he's sometimes ostracized, and gossip constantly rages about his sex life, Jack always believes that "it could be worse." But then, the worse unexpectedly strikes: When Jack starts writing a teen sex advice column for an online site, he begins to receive creepy and threatening love letters that attempt to force Jack to curb his sexuality and personality. Now it's up to Jack and his best friends to uncover the stalker--before their love becomes dangerous. Ground-breaking and page-turning, Jack of Hearts (and other parts) celebrates the freedom to be oneself, especially in the face of adversity. 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0316480533/

To Night Owl from Dogfish

To Night Owl from Dogfish 
by Holly Goldberg Sloan; Meg Wolitzer 
Language: English 
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers/Dutton Children's Books, imprints of Penguin Random House LLC, [2019]. 
295 pages ; 22 cm. 
ISBN: 9780525553236 ; 0525553231 
Summary: Avery Bloom, who's bookish, intense, and afraid of many things, particularly deep water, lives in New York City. Bett Devlin, who's fearless, outgoing, and loves all animals as well as the ocean, lives in California. What they have in common is that they are both twelve years old, and are both being raised by single, gay dads. When their dads fall in love, Bett and Avery are sent, against their will, to the same sleepaway camp. Their dads hope that they will find common ground and become friends--and possibly, one day, even sisters. But things soon go off the rails for the girls (and for their dads too), and they find themselves on a summer adventure that neither of them could have predicted. Now that they can't imagine life without each other, will the two girls (who sometimes call themselves Night Owl and Dogfish) figure out a way to be a family? 
Available: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0525553231/

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/