Children & Teens Books of the Week

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Sparkle Boy Cover Image
By Leslaea Newman, Maria Mola (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781620142851
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Published: Lee & Low Books - June 15th, 2017

Jessie loves “all things shimmery, glittery, and sparkly.” From skirts, to fingernail polish, to bracelets: if it sparkles, she adores it. So does her little brother, Casey. He loves to wear shimmery skirts, fingernail polish, and bracelets, too. Mom, Dad and Abuelita have no problem with their Sparkle Boy’s (Lee & Low, $17.95) attire, but Jessie objects vehemently: “Because boys don’t wear” shimmery skirts, or glittery nail polish, or sparkly bracelets. But when some older boys make fun of Casey when he wears his skirt, nail polish and bracelets to the library, it’s up to Jessie to come to his defense. Lesléa Newman’s well-crafted narrative is both fun as well as important for its emphasis on promoting individuality versus social stereotypes. Maria Mola’s illustrations are colorful and convey a sense of comforting realism. Ages 5-8. Marc Villa

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ISBN: 9781481478489
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Published: Aladdin Paperbacks - March 14th, 2017

When Mattie’s eighth-grade production of Romeo & Juliet needs a new lead, her teacher convinces her to take on the role of Romeo. Although Mattie is anxious about performing, she is persuaded by the idea of acting alongside Gemma, a new student who is smart, funny, and beautiful. Mattie is so excited (and nervous) whenever she rehearses with Gemma, she starts to wonder if she likes the new girl as more than a friend. She wants to share these feelings with her friends and family, but is worried that they won't understand. A clever and touching debut novel, Star-Crossed (Aladdin, $16.99) is about self-discovery and learning how to be inclusive, even when it's hard to understand someone else's point of view. Barbara Dee’s quirky cast of characters have heart, spunk, and an impressive repertoire of Shakespearean insults that will delight middle-grade readers! Ages 12-14. Farah Kader

YA Pick
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ISBN: 9781250098603
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Published: Swoon Reads - April 18th, 2017

Meg and Linus (Swoon Reads, $17.99) are the best of friends, and not just because Meg likes girls and Linus likes guys. A mutual love of all things geeky and the school debate team are just two of the many things that brought them together. After Meg’s girlfriend breaks up with her at the start of senior year, she distracts herself from heartbreak by trying to set Linus up with a super cute new boy in town. Nobody knows much about Danny, let alone if he’s even into guys. It’ll take gallons of coffee, hours of Star Trek marathons, and a part in the school play to figure out how to get them together. Told with alternating points of view, Hanna Nowinski’s heartwarming story about friendship skips the family angst and proves that sometimes our best friends know us better than we know ourselves. Ages 13-17. Emi London