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“The Bully” and “The Gun”

The Bully by Paul Langan Darrell Mercer moves from Philadelphia, PA to California in the middle of his freshman year of high school. Although his neighborhood in Philly is not the best–even dangerous sometimes–he has a lot of good neighbors … Continue reading

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“School Spirits”

School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins    Related to the Hex Hall series Izzy Brannick hunts monsters of all types. However, she finds tracking and binding ghosts to be less than challenging. So when her mom (Aislinn) tells her that they are … Continue reading

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Adult Books for Teens: “Colorless Tsukuri Tazaki”

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami   Sometimes I love a book so much, it’s hard to know what to say about it without the effusion seeming insincere. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki is one of those books. … Continue reading

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“Since You Asked”

        I had a great time at Maurene Goo’s presentation a few weeks ago at the Ontario City Library, Ovitt Branch. She’s the author of Since You Asked, a YA novel in journal form about Holly Kim. “Fifteen-year-old Holly Kim, … Continue reading

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Adult Books for Teens: “A Tale for the Time Being”

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki     Nao, a Japanese American girl, was born in California’s Silicon Valley, her father a successful ‘dot-com’ programmer. But as time passes, her dad and his projects become superfluous. In dire straits, … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: “Breathing Underwater”

Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn   Nick is in court, facing a restraining order. He tells the judge that he never hit his girlfriend, Caitlin. The judge isn’t buying it. And it’s a good thing, too, because in the journal that … Continue reading

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