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Archive for the ‘Fiction Here & Now’ Category

BETWEEN THE LINES, by Nikki Grimes

April 23, 2018

The story: A group of high school kids get to know each other on a completely different level through the medium of poetry. Everyone ends up in Mr. Ward’s class for different reasons, but learning to use the right words helps them deal with their issues: Darrian’s mom is dead, Jenesis is about to age […]

LONG WAY DOWN, by Jason Reynolds

April 23, 2018

The story: Will’s brother Shawn is dead, and Will knows the Rules: Don’t cry. Don’t snitch. DO get revenge. He’s in the elevator, a gun stuffed down the back of his jeans, ready to make Riggs pay–but there are seven floors between here and the street, and at every floor, someone gets on: someone Will […]

SUPERGIFTED, by Gordon Korman

April 23, 2018

The story: Noah Youkilis has escaped from the Gifted and Talented Academy and is now hanging out with the lame and the losers at Hardcastle Middle School, doing his best to make his way into a remedial class. Meanwhile, his ungifted buddy Donovan Curtis has just performed an act of heroism that should make him […]

NOT IF I SAVE YOU FIRST, by Ally Carter

April 23, 2018

The story: Maddie and Logan were best friends until the Russians tried to kidnap his mom–the President’s wife. Maddie’s dad was injured in the attack, and as a result, he took his daughter and disappeared–literally–into the wilds of Alaska. Six years later, Maddie can flip a hatchet and kill a fly, but she’s coldly angry […]

TO CATCH A KILLER, by Sheryl Scarborough

April 23, 2018

The story: Erin’s mother was murdered when she was two years old, and the crime went unsolved. Now, a similar murder–this one involving Erin’s teacher–pulls Erin back into the spotlight, and even worse, targets her as a suspect. But Erin is an amateur forensic scientist, and she has both the know-how and the daring to […]

DISAPPEARED, by Francisco X. Stork

March 26, 2018

The story: Sara and her brother Emiliano are both in over their heads. Sara, a young reporter, uncovers the truth behind a human trafficking ring in their hometown of Juarez, and now she’s a target. Emiliano, wanting to be rich (and in love with a girl who already is), is falling into the sparkling trap […]

EVERY SHINY THING, by Cordelia Jensen and Laurie Morrison

March 26, 2018

The story: Lauren is angry that her autistic brother has been sent away to a special school, and she’s looking for a way to help pay for change. Sierra is the foster child who moves in next door, worried about her inability to rescue her alcoholic mother. The girls strike up a friendship just as […]

CLICK’D, by Tamara Ireland Stone

March 26, 2018

The story: Ada spent the summer at coding camp and has created a fantastic–possibly prize winning–app. When she lets her friends start sharing it, it goes viral…right before a glitch hits–a glitch she’s going to have to fix before Saturday’s competition. But the worst part is that she might have to ask her nemesis, Nathan […]

IN THE SHADOW OF THE SUN, by Anne Sibley O’Brien

March 9, 2018

The story: Mia and Simon are on a tour of North Korea with their father when they discover evidence of the country’s brutal prison camps. They know it could incriminate their dad, and possibly cause him to end up with a life sentence in a labor camp–so when their dad is arrested, they go on […]

LAURA INGALLS IS RUINING MY LIFE, by Shelley Tougas

March 9, 2018

The story: Charlotte’s family has moved, AGAIN, and she’s the new girl in school. Again. Her policy of avoiding eye contact and making friends has worked before, but now it seems that her twin brother, always her reliable ally, has deserted her to make some friends of his own. Now she’s stuck hanging with Rose, […]