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Archive for the ‘Fiction Here & Now’ Category

RESTART, by Gordon Korman

December 7, 2017

The story: When Chase Ambrose falls off a roof and wakes up with amnesia, everything in his life changes. He used to be a football hero–and a total jerk. Now he’s learning what everyone else used to think of him, and he doesn’t like it. Is there a way to convince everyone that he’s really […]

MOXIE, by Jennifer Mathieu

December 7, 2017

The story: Good Old Boys run things at East Rockport High School. Football players rule all, while the girls’ soccer team hasn’t gotten new uniforms since the 1990s. When Viv Carter looks at her mom’s feminist stuff from her college days, the teen decides she needs to get in on the action too–and Moxie is […]

THE GOLDFISH BOY, by Lisa Thompson

October 13, 2017

The story: Matthew’s OCD keeps him in the house, as far away from germs as he can get. Who would have thought that a kid who spends most of his time watching out the window would be the one putting together clues to solve the disappearance of a neighbor’s grandson? If Matthew can’t do it, […]

YOU MAY ALREADY BE A WINNER, by Ann Dee Ellis

October 13, 2017

The story: Her dad is gone, her mother leaves them home alone all the time, and her only hobby is entering every sweepstakes she can find. Only Olivia’s imagination–and her love for younger sister Berkeley–keeps the sixth grader going. When she finally, finally finds a friend in Bart, he betrays her in what seems to […]

MUSTACHES FOR MADDIE, by Chad Morris and Shelley Brown

September 29, 2017

The story: 6th grade Maddie’s life–complete with bullies, Shakespeare, and tough decisions about standing up–is turned upside down when she finds out she has a brain tumor. Now it’s the turn of her classmates to rally around her, and they do: complete with mustaches (Maddie’s signature fashion accessory). But there’s a big surgery coming up, […]

THE EPIC FAIL OF ARTURO ZAMORA, by Pablo Cartaya

September 29, 2017

The story: Save the restaurant. Take on Big Business. Get the girl. Make his grandma proud. Can 13-year-old Arturo Zamora do it all, or is he destined for an EPIC FAIL? Mrs. Friend’s opinion: Arturo learns that standing up, even though it’s hard (and sometimes pretty embarrassing in front of your crush) is the right […]

NEVER SAY DIE (Alex Rider #11), by Anthony Horowitz

September 29, 2017

The story: When Alex gets a strange email, he realizes something that seems impossible–his nanny, Jack Starbright, is still alive. Even though he saw the bad guys blow her up at the end of #10. He immediately goes into stealth mode and starts his signature continent hopping in hopes of finding the one person in […]

LETTERS TO THE LOST, by Brigid Kemmerer

September 29, 2017

The story: Juliet and Declan are both damaged–both have lost someone important to them, and both of them are having a hard time moving on. When he discovers a letter to her dead mother in the cemetery where he works and writes back to her, their anonymous letters back-and-forth lead them toward both love…and healing. […]

WILD BIRD, by Wendelin Van Draanen

September 29, 2017

The story: Wren is in trouble…big trouble. Her parents have sent her to jail–or at least, that’s how it feels. After getting busted while high on drugs and doing just about everything to alienate her family, she’s been sent to a rehab survival camp out in the Utah desert. Not only does she not have […]

THE VAN GOGH DECEPTION, by Deron R. Hicks

September 29, 2017

The story: A boy is found, sitting in the National Museum of Art, with no memory of how he got there, no memory of who he is. Taken in by Mary Sullivan and her daughter, “Art” and Camille go on the trail, tracking down the very few clues they have–only to turn up a fraudulent […]