Category Archives: best ever!

The Art of Secrets

James Klise, April 2014.  Sophomore tennis player Saba Khan is devastated when a fire destroys her family’s West Rogers Park apartment.   Saba goes to private school, and the other students and their families rally around her, offering their help … Continue reading

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Malinda Lo, 2011.  Kaede and Taisin are students at the Academy of Sages, where they’ll learn to use powerful magic for the good of their people.  Taisin is talented and shy; Kaede has no natural ability as a sage, but … Continue reading

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Will Grayson, Will Grayson

John Green and David Levithan, April 2010. This excellent novel is written by Green and Levithan in alternating chapters, each writing from the POV of a different kid named Will Grayson living in the Chicago suburbs.  Will #1 is the … Continue reading

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Last Night I Sang to the Monster

Benjamin Alire Sáenz, September 2009. This powerful first-person narrative is set in a rehab center, where eighteen-year-old Zach has woken up with no memories of how he got there. It’s clear that he and his father are alcoholics and that his … Continue reading

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Adam Rapp, May 2009.  Fourteen-year-old runaway Jamie, also known as Punkzilla, is on a trip across America, hoping to reach Memphis and his older brother P before P dies of cancer.  P is gay, living with his long-term boyfriend, and … Continue reading

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