Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy

Reedy, Trent. Words in the Dust. New York: Arthur A. Levine, 2011. Print. Genre: middle grade (cultural) Summary: Zulaikha might be a young, illiterate Afghani girl, but she already knows how her entire future will be. She will forever live at home, working like a slave for her father’s second wife — a woman who hates… Continue reading Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy

This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki

Tamaki, Mariko and Jillian Tamaki. This One Summer. New York: First Second, 2014. Print. Genre: Nonfiction Graphic Novel Summary: Every summer, teenage Rose and her family go vacation at Awago Beach. She can always count on collecting rocks, playing with her friend Windy, and having an all-around good time. However, one summer…this one…everything changes and that… Continue reading This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Rowell, Rainbow. Eleanor & Park. Westminster, MD: Listening Library Books on Tape, Random House, 2013. Print. Genre: YA contemporary Summary: It’s the 1980s. Eleanor is the new girl. She’s a chubby red head with a flamboyant style. Park is not new, but he occupies a shaky place in the pecking order of popularity because he’s… Continue reading Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Smile by Raina Telgemeir

Telgemeier, Raina. Smile. New York: Graphix, 2010. Print. Genre: Graphic novel, memoir Summary: Smile follows Raina’s progression from 6th grade to high school. It documents her agonizing adolescence — which really is full of pain and suffering. Not only does she face-plant and bust out her front teeth, but she also has to put up… Continue reading Smile by Raina Telgemeir

Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh

Maroh, Julie. Blue is the Warmest Color. Vancouver, CAN: Arsenal Press, 2013. Print. Genre: Graphic novel Summary: A courageously tender and mercilessly honest love story. Clementine, 16, comes to terms with her gender identity. She feels the pressure to date boys, all the while having delicious fantasies about the blue-haired girl she passed on the street. Eventually,… Continue reading Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh