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Paperback Books for Young Readers from the 2012 Summer Newsletter

<img src="http://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/files/santacruz/2012_Summer_Newsletter_... width="100" height="130" align="right">These recommendations were published in our <a href="http://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/2012-summer-newsletter">2012 Summer Newsletter</a>.

The Trouble with May Amelia by Jennifer L. Holm

Although readers have waited 11 years for this sequel to the 2000 Newbery Honor book Our Only May Amelia, no time has passed for our protagonist, still 12 years old and living in rural Washington at the beginning of the 20th century. Although perceived as “trouble” by her father simply because she’s not a boy, May Amelia’s resolve and “sisu” (Finnish for chutzpah) never wavers. Her striking narrative voice is edgy and accessible, and Holm’s choice to forgo quotations marks in favor of the creative use of capital letters adds a modern quality to this unique historical novel. An engaging and original look at turn-of-the-century misogyny and feminism, skillfully told.

Reviewed by: 
Holly
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By Jennifer L. Holm, Adam Gustavson (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781416913740
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - May 1st, 2012

Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

Fifth-grader Melody has cerebral palsy, a condition that affects her body but not her mind. Although she is unable to walk, talk, or feed or care for herself, she can read, think, and feel. A brilliant person is trapped inside her body, determined to make her mark in the world in spite of her physical limitations. Being stuck inside her head is making Melody go out of her mind—that is, until she discovers something that will allow her to speak for the first time ever. At last Melody has a voice…but not everyone around her is ready to hear it.
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$9.99
ISBN: 9781416971719
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - May 1st, 2012

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

I read this book in one sitting, having picked it up rather carelessly and then found myself quickly immersed in a voice I didn’t expect and a story I didn’t want to leave. Set in a small town that suddenly becomes a hot spot after a woodpecker that was thought to be extinct is spotted, 17-year-old Cullen is both impressed and mortified to watch his town transform. Suddenly his peers are sporting woodpecker-inspired haircuts and bird-watching becomes an ideal date. Cullen is startled at how suddenly change comes without warning, but when his 15-year-old brother goes missing amidst the chaos, his surprise turns to something more vigilant and shadowed. This YA novel (which won the coveted Michael Printz Award) is layered with regret, surprise, and humor, and it calls to mind how ordinary and extraordinary are only a coin’s throw apart—how the intersection between grief and hope are so related, and how believing in second chances is ultimately an act of bravery like no other.

Reviewed by: 
S.M.C.
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$12.99
ISBN: 9781442413344
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - July 24th, 2012

Chime by Franny Billingsley

This is one of the most lushly imagined books I’ve read in a long time, and it also happens to be one of the best love stories I've read in awhile as well. It’s about a tortured young woman named Briony who is convinced that she is a witch, and that she was somehow responsible for her stepmother’s untimely death. The language is an incredible blend of old-world English and modern-day poetry.
Reviewed by: 
Kat
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$8.99
ISBN: 9780142420928
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Published: Speak - April 12th, 2012

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

We think this terrific novel should have won the Newbery Award. “Set during a pivotal moment [the summer of 1968] in African American history (the setting and time period are as vividly realized as the characters), this vibrant novel shows the subtle ways that political movements affect personal lives; but just as memorable is the finely drawn, universal story of children reclaiming a reluctant parent’s love.” —Booklist

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$7.99
ISBN: 9780060760908
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Quill Tree Books - December 27th, 2011

Hunger City Chronicles by Philip Reeve

Enormous traction cities are preying on the land, pillaging smaller municipalities and dismantling them for parts in A Darkling Plain, the explosive conclusion to the Hungry City Chronicles. Tom and Wren have lived in the cities’ shadows their entire lives, but deep in the heart of radioactive London lies a secret that may stop the marauding—and possibly safeguard the future of the human race. A thrilling series four years in the making comes to an exhilarating climax in this post- apocalyptic fantasia from master storyteller Philip Reeve. It was worth the wait.
Reviewed by: 
Tera
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ISBN: 9780545222143
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Scholastic Press - June 1st, 2012

The FitzOsbornes in Exile by Michelle Cooper

In A Brief History of Montmaray, Cooper introduced us to a (fictional) island kingdom where the royalty outnumber their subjects. Now in The FitzOsbornes in Exile, the royal family is stranded in pre–World War II England and Sophie, second princess, finally has her chance to indulge in fancy dress balls and flirting. And yet the currents of war are sweeping over Europe, and even Sophie may have a role to play in saving her kingdom. A sly tale of growing up in circumstances both ordinary and extraordinary. I can’t wait for the next book (coming in October).
Reviewed by: 
Tera
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$11.99
ISBN: 9780375851551
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Published: Ember - March 13th, 2012

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