New Books for Girls

When We Wuz Famous by Greg Takoudes

Reading Level:  Grades 9 and up

Franciso is a celebrity in his Spanish Harlem neighborhood.  He is a top student, popular, and a gifted basketball player.  He has a wonderful girlfriend and loving supportive parents.  For his senior year he is offered a scholarship to a prestigious boarding school in upstate New York.  Franciso  knows this is his ticket out of the 'hood and into a better life for him and those he loves.  But his best friend fears that Francisco will leave him behind.  A visit home sets in motion events that lead to bad decisions, betrayals, and tested loyalties.  This is a riveting book that readers will not want to put down.

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Another book about a minority scholarship student is  Tequila Worm by Viola Canales.

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Don't Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon

  Reading Level:  Grades 8 and up

This tense well crafted thriller opens with 16-year-old Noa waking up on a metal table in a warehouse with an incision in her chest.   Much like a young Dragon Tattoo's Lisbeth Salander Noa  is a tough, smart orphan who has been mistreated by the system and was able to use her considerable computer skills to establish a life on the border of society.  After her escape, she meets up with wealthy, privileged Peter who has hacked his way into some files in his father's office.  Both teens  find themselves on the run.   Will they elude capture long enough to get some answers? Who are these men who are chasing them and why are they after Noa and Peter?  What has done to Noa?  What is the connection to Peter's family?

WARNING:  This is the first book in a trilogy.  Book one leaves you hanging. You'll want to keep reading, but you can't.

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The Dogs of Winter by Bobbie Pyron

Reading Level: Grades 5 - 8

Truth can be much stranger than fiction and fiction based on truth can make a great story.  Inspired by the life of Ivan Mishukov, Ivan Andreovich is a five-year-old boy who was orphaned in post-Soviet Russia, left on the streets to fend for himself, and adopted by a pack of wild dogs.

Life for street children is a battle to survive.  Hunger, cold, roving gangs of both adults and older children make survival tenuous.  Ivan finds his place with a family of dogs.  Ivan and the dogs share what food they have and provide warmth and protection for each other.  But more than that, the dogs love Ivan as he loves them.   Ivan becomes more and more like his dog family.  While humans can be uncaring or cruel, it is the dogs who show the most "humanity."

Ultimately, Ivan Andreovich , like the real Ivan, is rescued.

 

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Bomb: The Race to Build-and Steal-the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

Reading Level: Grades 5 and up

Bomb  reads like an edge-of -your- seat spy novel, but it's all true.  It tells of  the Herculean effort behind building the bomb, the desperate arms race with Germany that will decide WWII,  the heroic efforts of Norwegein resistance fighters, and  the spies determined to steal the plans for the Soviet Union.  The story of the scientific genius behind the bomb,  the politics, the military heroics, and the espionage make this a thrilling read where truth is far more exciting than fiction.

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