When by Victoria Laurie

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“‘I’m not exactly sure when I first started seeing the numbers. My earliest memories are filled with snatches of familiar and unfamiliar faces, each with a set of small black digits floating like shadows just above their foreheads.

Laurie, Victoria. When.  Hyperion, 2015. 323 pages. Hardcover. $17.99, ISBN 978-148470008-2

Maddie can see numbers on people’s foreheads. She can see them if she gets close enough. She can see them in a photo. The first time she knew what those numbers really meant was the day her father died. That’s when she knew she was seeing the person’s death date. After her father died, her mother started drinking – heavily –  and lost her job. To make extra money, her mom hires Maddie out reading death dates for people. This has gotten her the title of witch at school. She has one true friend – Stubby – who stands by her no matter what. Things start to go really bad when Maddie predicts the death date of a boy who goes missing and is later found dead. The FBI are called in and think that Maddie had something to do with it.  When Maddie sees that the death date of a cheerleader that Stubby has a crush on is the following week, Stubby tries to warn her. When she goes missing and is later found dead, the FBI start looking at Stubby. There is quite a bit of circumstantial evidence against Stubby – it is all explainable – but still enough for Stubby to be arrested and put into jail. Will Maddie be next? Can she convince the FBI that she and Stubby aren’t involved? What about the real serial killer?
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Fight Back by Brent R. Sherrard

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“There are two ways to handle being picked on. One is to lie down and give up. The other is to get angry and fight back. Not against my dad, because he would’ve killed me. But anyone else who ever messed with me only did it once

Sherrard, Brent. Fight Back. James Lorimer & Company Ltd., 2014. 174 pages. Paperback. $9.95, ISBN 1-4594-0858-6

Tyler has had a rough life – really rough. When he was eleven, his mother left with his sister for a drive and never came back. Tyler was left with an angry drunk father who took his anger out on the only person left – Tyler. From here, Tyler was taken in and subsequently kicked out by his grandmother. What now?  Where would Tyler go? Tyler is taken in by the Conley’s who give him something he’s never had before – a safe and loving home. He even starts boxing to help control his anger. Will this be enough? Will he be able to let go of all the anger that has been building up for years? Will he be able to trust this new family? What about his father? Read this awesome book to find out.

 

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Unlovable by Sherry Gammon

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 Seth is an undercover policeman at Port Fare High school trying to break up a drug ring. Maggie is a high school senior who fits the description of Heroine Chic perfectly and who Seth just happens to be falling in love with.

Gammon, Sherry. Unlovable. Wordpaintings Unlimited, 2011. 363 pages. Paperback. $13.99, ISBN 9781461060529

 

Maggie is an eighteen-year old student at Port Fare High School. Her mother is an alcoholic. Maggie takes care of her mom when she’s drunk, which is most of the time. Maggie has a 4.0 GPA. Maggie is starving to death because all of their money is spent on vodka. Maggie’s mom takes every opportunity to tell Maggie how unlovable she is.

There have been several drug related deaths in Port Fare over the past few months. Seth is a 21 year old MET officer working undercover as a senior at Port Fare High School in order to find out who is selling the heroin to the teens.

Seth doesn’t think Maggie is using because of her good grades but she fits the image for Heroin Chic. Because there is no money for food, Maggie is down to 90 pounds and because she has to look after her mother, there are a lot of late nights getting her homework done to keep up her grades, thus the dark circles under her eyes.

Seth wants to ask Maggie out. Maggie is seriously attracted to Seth but trying to stay focused on school and surviving. Will they get together? Is Maggie’s mom involved with the drug sales? What about the murders in the local park? Is Maggie safe? Can Seth find out where the drugs are coming from? Will Maggie always be Unlovable? You’ll just have to read to find out.

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