What a fun read! Encompassing universal themes of friendships lost and found, feeling left out and misunderstood, and finding your way make this a perfect middle school novel. It’s 1966, and Trudy Mixer, along with her dad and most of the country, loves the Beatles. If you’ve ever loved a boy band, you’ll be right there with Trudy as she plots and plans her way to see the Beatles live in concert and to meet her idol, Paul McCartney. Along the way, she loses one best friend, feels ignored by her busy dad, and struggles to accept that the remaining members of her Beatles Fan Club are now her friends. Can I just say, besides enjoying the entire ride, and being reminded of many great Beatles hits, I LOVED the ending! Don’t miss this one!
Teens and adults who enjoy survival stories will be thrilled to get their hands on I Am Still Alive. I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC from netgalley, and this hard-to-put-down book kept me turning the pages as I followed 16-year-old Jess trying to stay alive in the northern Canadian wilderness. Jess, recovering from a horrible car crash that killed her mother, has to go live with the dad she hasn't seen in 10 years. Thinking he lives in an Alaskan town, she soon finds out he lives off the grid in the remote Canadian wilderness. Just as she's starting to get used to the idea of staying through the winter with her long-lost father, the unthinkable happens, and Jess ends up all alone, with just Bo, her dad's dog, as a companion. With no food, no cabin for shelter, just a few weapons and a change of clothes and Bo, will Jess survive until spring, and even if she does, will anyone ever come looking for her? Anyone besides the really bad men who killed her father, that is. Some violent scenes make this suitable for grades 7 and up. Strongly recommended!
Click'd by Tamara Ireland Stone
Tamara Ireland Stone has written a timely middle school friendship story with likable, smart Allie Navarro at the center. Allie spent the summer at a coding camp for girls where she created an app called Click'd. The app pairs people with common interests, to help them find new friends. It's good enough that her teacher nominates her for a prestigious coding competition. But the app has some serious flaws, which become known after it goes viral at Allie's school. Rival coder and fellow student Nathan offers to help Allie, but can she trust him? And, can Allie fix the app before she loses her friends for good?
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