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Macbeth #killingit

Macbeth #killingit

By William Shakespeare,Courtney Carbone 112 pages Young Adult

Danny Says

Written in a series of text messages with emojis, photo postings, and characters checking in at various locations, Carbone continues telling Shakespeare’s plays in an unconventional manner. Surely Shakespeare would approve—after all, he was the king of wordplay!
The Girl I Used to Be

The Girl I Used to Be

By April Henry 256 pages Young Adult

Danny Says

Olivia’s father murdered her mother when Olivia was 3 years old and then vanished. Now 17 and on her own, Olivia’s father’s remains are found, leading the police to believe he was not the murderer but a victim as well. Olivia decides to return to her hometown and rent her inherited house, not revealing that she is Ariel Benson, the child survivor of the murders.
Falling Over Sideways

Falling Over Sideways

By Jordan Sonnenblick 272 pages Young Adult

Danny Says

Claire’s eighth-grade year is not going as she hoped. Mean girls, boys, changing friendships; she doesn’t think it can get any worse...until it does. Her father suffers a stroke, and everything changes instantly. Now Claire must find the strength to handle both the pressures of middle school and an uncertain future.
Goldfish: A Novel

Goldfish: A Novel

By Nat Luurtsema 240 pages Young Adult

Danny Says

Filled with slapstick antics, this lighthearted story of 15-year-old Louise Brown, a down-on-her-luck swimmer, makes a splash with readers. Gangly and unpopular, Louise loses her chance at Olympic stardom. Now she must start a new school year without her best friend Hannah (who did qualify for Olympic training) and deal with her former coach, who treats her like a pariah.
23 Minutes

23 Minutes

By Vivian Vande Velde 176 pages Young Adult

Danny Says

Blue-haired Zoe is a social outcast. She encounters a deadly bank robbery that leaves two people dead, including a friendly young man who shields Zoe from a bullet. But 15-year-old Zoe has a special ability to turn back the clock 23 minutes just by saying “playback,” allowing her to change the outcome of events. She has only 10 tries to get it right.
Snow White: A Graphic Novel

Snow White: A Graphic Novel

By Matt Phelan 216 pages Young Adult

Danny Says

In this Depression-era version, Snow White’s father loses his fortune in the stock market crash and is murdered by her evil stepmother. Phelan adds period-appropriate touches to the traditional story. The seven dwarves are street urchins, the prince is a police detective, and the magic mirror is a stock ticker. The sepia tone and grey scale graphics add to the historical feeling of the novel.
Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular

Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular

By Mayim Bialik 192 pages Young Adult

Danny Says

I don’t normally endorse celebrity books because too many of them are lame, but I absolutely love this positive self-help guide, written by one of the stars of the popular TV show The Big Bang Theory. Didn’t realize Bialik has her doctorate, Not many actors can say that!
March: Book Three

March: Book Three

By John Lewis & Andrew Aydin 256 pages Young Adult

Danny Says

Books like this annoy me, as the cover cannot fit all of the prizes it has been awarded. In all seriousness – one of the best Civil Rights books I’ve ever read, especially one that is geared toward teen audiences.
Empty

Empty

By Suzanne Weyn 192 pages Young Adult

Danny Says

What happens when all the fossil fuel runs out? Find out in this dystopian tale that makes for lively classroom discussions on climate change and the environment.
The Summer of Cotton Candy

The Summer of Cotton Candy

By Debbie Viguié 224 pages Young Adult

Danny Says

A teen’s summer dream job turns into a time-consuming nightmare, but 16-year-old Candy Thompson eventually finds it to be the best summer of her life.
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World

Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World

By Rachel Ignotofsky 128 pages Young Adult

Danny Says

Your middle schoolers will love it because it has illustrations; you’ll love its profiles of 50 women who have had a significant impact on STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math).
The Boys Who Challenged Hitler

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler

By Phillip Hoose 208 pages Young Adult

Danny Says

Wow! If you’re an adult who does not check out young adult books, you would have missed out on this gem. What an amazing story of courage and sacrifice! This book belongs in every classroom library.
Ghost

Ghost

By Jason Reynolds 192 pages Young Adult

Danny Says

Great book about elite middle school runners trying to make the Junior Olympics from National Book Award finalist Jason Reynolds.
Presidents Were Teenagers Too

Presidents Were Teenagers Too

By Benny Wasserman 220 pages Young Adult

Danny Says

An Albert Einstein lookalike, Benny Wasserman makes you feel like a long-lost friend. Met him at a Chicken Soup for the Soul authors banquet and insisted on getting a copy of his book about all of our Presidents. Teens need to see books about famous people before they were famous, as there are plenty of gems in this easy read.
The Truth About Horses, Friends & My Life As a Coward

The Truth About Horses, Friends & My Life As a Coward

By Sarah P. Gibson 160 pages Young Adult

Danny Says

What a wonderful book with quirky characters. Your students will breeze through this set of tales from a small island town in Maine. A great read aloud for all ages, as the book reminds me a lot of Tom Bodett’s End of the Road. Glin Dibley’s illustrations are an added treat, the way Quentin Blake’s drawings add to Roald Dahl’s books.

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