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“Bone Gap” by Laura Ruby

Finn O’Sullivan lives in Bone Gap, Illinois with his older brother Sean, at the edge of town among the cornstalks, in the young adult book “Bone Gap” (Balzer & Bray 2015) by Laura Ruby. Finn is called Moonface, Sidetrack, and

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“The Game of Love and Death” by Martha Brockenbrough

What is more important in life than love and death? In Martha Brockenbrough’s young adult novel, “The Game of Love and Death” (Arthur Levine 2015), Love is personified as a gentle man. And Death, a hard woman. The story begins

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“Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own” by Kate Bolick

“Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own” (Crown 2015), Kate Bolick’s adult memoir should be read by all women, but in particular, by young adult women. There are so many points to ponder and discuss. About young adulthood, Bolick says:

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“How I Discovered Poetry” by Marilyn Nelson

Marilyn Nelson tells a story of growing up black, in the fifties, as her family criss-crosses the nation to follow her father’s air force career in “How I Discovered Poetry” (Dial 2014). From Ohio they move to Connally Air Force

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“The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell by William Klaber

“The Rebellion of Miss Lucy Ann Lobdell” (St. Martin’s Press 2015) by William Klaber is based on the true story of Lucy Lobdell who became Mrs. George Slater and bore Helen Slater before becoming Joseph Lobdell in 1853. The author

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“How it Went Down” by Kekla Magoon

Tariq Johnson, African American, 16 years old, is fatally shot by Jack Franklin, white man, on the streets of an unnamed American city. A broad cast of characters each reports the incident differently, in Kekla Magoon’s “How It Went Down”

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“A Time to Dance” by Padma Venkatraman

“A Time to Dance” (Paulsen/Penguin 2014) by Padma Venkatraman is an insightful story about a dancer and a novel-in-verse set in a different culture—of course I’m going to review it. Veda is a teenage Bharatanatyam dance student in India. At

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“All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doer

“All the Light We Cannot See” (Scribner 2014) by Anthony Doerr is an adult book, a New York Times Bestseller, and is literary—meaning it’s thoughtful and beautifully written. It’s a good choice for young adults. Marie-Laure lives with her father

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“Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina” by Michaela DePrince

“Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina” (Knopf 2014) by Michaela DePrince is a memoir co-written with her adoptive mother Elaine DePrince. Mabinty Bangura is born to loving parents in war-torn Sierra Leone. She’s ridiculed in her tribe due

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“Egg and Spoon” by Gregory Maguire

  Gregory Maguire (author of “Wicked”) uses irony and vast imagination along with Russian folklore—Baba Yaga, the Firebird, and a lesser-known northern albino Dragon—to tell his story, “Egg and Spoon” (Candlewick 2014). At the outset of this 1900 Russian historical

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