It’s Cyrano de Bergerac with smartphones. Diverse and thoroughly modern.
Recommended grade level: 6 and up
Pages: 320 (for ISBN 9780670013081)
Genre(s) and keywords: realistic fiction, romance, diverse
Tone/Style: modern, youthful, sarcastic
Pace: leisurely to moderate
Topics: cons, technology, crushes
Themes: friendship, dating relationships, growing up, change
Summary: Gracie has never felt like this before. One day, she suddenly can’t breathe, can’t walk, can’t anything—and the reason is standing right there in front of her, all tall and weirdly good-looking: A.J. Continue reading
Light horror and lessons about growing up.
Recommended grade level: 4-7
Pages: 256 (for ISBN 9781416963981)
Genre(s) and keywords: horror, award winner
Topics: ghosts, dolls, journeys
Themes: growing up, embarrassment, friendship, change
Summary: Zach, Poppy, and Alice have been friends forever. And for almost as long, they’ve been playing one continuous, ever-changing game of pirates and thieves, mermaids and warriors. Ruling over all is the Great Queen, a bone-china doll cursing those who displease her. Continue reading
Elizabeth Berkley of Saved by the Bell fame shares advice and encouragement with teen girls in this scrapbook-style self-help book.
Recommended grade level: 7-12
Pages: 240 (for ISBN 9780399254499)
Genre(s) and keywords: nonfiction, girls’ nonfiction, self-help
A spooky, thoughtful, and atmospheric Newbery Medal winner.
Recommended grade level: 4 and up
Pages: 312 (for ISBN 9780060530921)
Genre(s) and keywords: fantasy, (light) horror, award winner, Kylie’s favorites