Little Fish: A Memoir from a Different Kind of Year by Ramsey Beyer weaves together the events, experiences, and emotions of a small-town teenager in a poignant and uniquely illustrated format. As she leaves behind all that is familiar to her, the reader is provided with an insight into Ramsey's anxieties, inner battles, and general thoughts through her college experience.
Monstrous Affections is "an anthology of beastly tales" and it's wonderful. There are a bunch of short stories written by pretty well known authors all having ideas on the definition of 'monster.' The introduction really draws you in, and each story has its own way of making you rethink who or what you've subconsciously deigned monstrous. My favorite story in the anthology is by Holly Black (author of the Spiderwick Chronicles) and is titled "Ten Rules for Being an Intergalactic Smuggler (the Successful Kind)".
Nia is a high school student who is having a bad senior year. When summer is just around the corner, Nia can't wait to leave her dreaded school. But Nia's excitement soon turns into fear when she finds someone stalking her from a secret society. Now everyone is a suspect, including her almost-maybe boyfriend and her best friend. With so many questions inside her head, Nia is determined to find out who is stalking her and why.
One day a man sees a gray mouse running across the floor, when he goes to get it out of the room he sees an old pocket knife. When he picks it up he sees a small map in the pocket knife. The map leads him on adventure to find treasure. This map leads to the top of a mountain, and in a secret cave there he finds a chest with a map on the bottom of it.
Lick is a romance novel based on a 21 year old woman named Evelyn. The introduction leads to Evelyn celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Vegas and unexpectingly marrying the guitarist, David, who happens to be in a famous band named Stage Dive. The novel leads on to both trying to work things out and getting used to the fact both of them have different ways of lives.
Imagine living in a country where only one viewpoint is correct. You cannot listen to certain types of music or wear certain styles of clothing. You and your friends feel stifled by the strict government. No, this isn’t a spinoff of The Hunger Games. This is Communist Czechoslovakia, where thirteen-year-old Patrik and his friends long to be normal teenagers of the rockin’ 1960s. Dancing secretly to a Beatles record that they bought on the black market, they dream of freedom in America.
The Seasons Of Raina by Millissa Nelson illustrates the challenges of fitting in to a new place and doing the right thing even though it may be hard. When Raina is bullied at her school in Denver, she realizes that if she stays, life will be miserable until high-school is over, and that she needs to spend some time away. Her parents send her to Minnesota to live with her aunt and uncle and their eight kids.
Thirteen year old Nate Foster has always dreamed about being on Broadway, but instead he is stuck in Jankburg, PA, being shoved in lockers and bullied by James Madison. Nate's best friend Libby discovers that E.T. is the next Broadway production and encourages Nate to audition. When Nate arrives in New York by himself, he finds that he loves the city and its people. As number 91 on the audition list, Nate swiped his brother's ID and registered as Anthony Foster.
Nicolo was a normal teenager, until his family died of malaria. After they died, Nicolo had to go from his family's home into the streets of Venice. He has only one possession: a magical clarinet. Nicolo plays it in the street and is one day noticed by Luce, a manager for an orphanage of the musically gifted. There is one problem though: the orphanage is an all girls orphanage, where no boys are permitted. Nicolo decides that rather than living in the streets of Venice playing his clarinet for money that he will suck up his pride and pose as a girl.