Reviews and Blog Posts: coming of age

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Briony Hatch : a graphic novel

by Ginny Skinner

Briony's life is one long waiting game for the next adventure of her favorite dystopian novel, The Adventures of Starling Black. But it isn't enough to read about Starling, the beautiful spell-casting exorcist. Briony wants to be strong and powerful just like Starling. And when she completes the very last...

Did You Miss This?

Cover art, The Empanada Brotherhood

If you browse the book stacks at the Central Library, chances are you'll spy a "Did you miss this?" bookmark. With so many books to choose from, these flagged titles may be the next read you're looking for. So go ahead, browse and take a title home today. You might even discover a new, favorite read!

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We are all completely beside ourselves [a novel]

by Karen Joy Fowler

DPL Rating:
4

Rosemary looks back on her life, her family, her memories, her secrets--and how they all led her to where she is today in Fowler's beautifully written, sometimes disturbing, always thought-provoking, and often humorous novel. The big detail about Rosemary is that she lost her "twin" sister when she was five....

Calling Dr. Laura : a graphic memoir

by Nicole J Georges

DPL Rating:
5

Grab a binky and set aside uninterrupted time to read (and re-read) Nicole George's vulnerable and witty memoir. The basic storyline of dead dad-crazy mom-coming out-love-dogs and sundry surprises would just be too overwhelming if it weren't for Nicole's understated sharing. Her honesty and introspection affords the reader the position of...

Citizen of the galaxy

by Robert A. (Robert Anson) Heinlein

DPL Rating:
5

Highly, highly recommend.

"Citizen of the Galaxy" is a coming of age Science Fiction adventure across the galaxy.

Thorby is first introduced to us standing on the slavery selling block on the planet Jubbal. We follow Thorby from being a young, defiant mistreated slave boy to his adulthood and discovery of his...

Everything begins and ends at the Kentucky Club

by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

DPL Rating:
5

Many famous people have visited the real-life Kentucky Club and just as many nameless people have died around this border bar. Conflict weaves together Sánez’s seven stories exploring the perilous border crossings in relationships. The stories are not easy. Sánez unfolds tragedy with forgiving empathy, leaving judgments or condemnation to...

Paperboy

by Vince Vawter

DPL Rating:
5

Paperboy is a thought provoking coming-of-age novel.    In Memphis 1959, an 11-year-old boy takes over his friend’s paper route.  This is really difficult because the boy has a hard time talking.  He stutters.  Over the course of the summer, the boy experiences difficulties in his own life and the lives...

The universe versus Alex Woods

by Gavin Extence

DPL Rating:
4

Alex Woods hasn't had a typical life. Struck in the head by a meteor at age 10, he developed epilepsy. He's bookish and a target for bullies at school, and finds his friends elsewhere--in the scientist who first examined "his" meteor, in his neurologist, and, by chance, in Mr. Peterson,...

Why can't I be you

by Allie Larkin

DPL Rating:
4

If you immediately get the song by The Cure in your head and remember high school, this book will feel very familiar to you. Jenny Shaw has spent her life side stepping familial disasters and Making The Right Decisions. It’s left her feeling out of touch with who she really...

Relish : my life in the kitchen

I love graphic memoirs. I love food memoirs. So it's no surprise that I really enjoyed this book! Knisley recounts her childhood & adolescence through the lens of food--from New York City, where her uncle owned a gourmet shop and her mother worked at a cheese shop & farmer's markets--and...

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