Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

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“My birthday is the one day of the year that we’re both most acutely aware of my illness. It’s the acknowledgement of the passage of time that does it. Another whole year of being sick, no hope for a cure on the horizon. Another year of missing all the normal teenagery things – learner’s permit, first kiss, prom, first heartbreak, first fender bender. Another year of my mom doing nothing but working and taking care of me.

Yoon, Nicola. Everything Everything. Delacorte Press., 2015. 307 pages. Hardcover. $18.99, ISBN 978-0-553-49664-2

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Gr 10 Up—From the first page, Madeline Whittier is a sympathetic character who has had to watch the world from the inside of a bubble—literally. Her diagnosed condition of Severe Combined Immunodeficiency is a life sentence that limits her to a world of two people: her mother, who is a doctor, and her nurse. Everything changes when Olly and his family move into the house next door. Olly is the kind of inventive guy who figures out a way to communicate with Madeline, and over the course of the next few months Madeline becomes Maddy, a young woman who takes potentially deadly risks to protect Olly emotionally, if not physically. Maddy’s and Olly’s hastily planned trip to Maui and their tastefully described liaison while there suggests a mature teen audience, but readers of Cammie McGovern’s Say What You Will (HarperCollins, 2014) and Wendy Mills’s Positively Beautiful (Bloomsbury, 2015) will fall in love with this humorously engaging story of a girl who discovers life, love, and forgiveness in new places. VERDICT Everything, Everything is wonderful, wonderful.—Jodeana Kruse, R. A. Long High School, Longview, WA

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It’s going to be a movie! Read about it here. 

Want to read more? Here’s a great NPR interview with Nicola Yoon.

Check out the movie trailer.


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Everything Everything is a High School nominee for the 2016-2017 Black Eyed Susan Award. For more information go to the Maryland Association of School Librarians.

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Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

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“‘He won’t talk about what happened to him there. But since he left Stone Mountain, he won’t wear anything orange. He won’t let anyone stand behind him. He won’t go into rooms that are too small. And he won’t eat canned peaches.

Schmidt, Gary D. Orbiting Jupiter.  Clarion, 2015. 183 pages. Hardcover. $17.99, ISBN 978-0-544-46222-9

This story takes place in a small town in Maine – on a dairy farm – with a loving family who takes in a foster child. The family has one child of their own, Jack, who is twelve. Jack is the narrator of this story. They take in Joseph who is just a couple of years older than Jack. There are quite a few things that you learn about Joseph right away. He almost killed a teacher (after taking a drug that someone gave him when he was upset). He spent time at a juvenile prison facility called Stone Mountain. He has a daughter, Jupiter, who he has never met. When he arrives, he does very little talking. He has never had this kind of family life. He was raised by an abusive father. Over time he learns to trust this family and becomes friends with Jack. This is a story of a father’s undying love for his child. It is also a story of how far a family and a friend will go to help.

Gary Schmidt’s website, provides a link to the first chapter of the Orbiting Jupiter. Read it for yourself. I think you will be truly moved by the story.

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Orbiting Jupiter is a Grades 6-9 nominee for the 2016-2017 Black Eyed Susan Award. For more information go to the Maryland Association of School Librarians.


Gary Schmidt talks about his book Orbiting Jupiter:


  • Capitol Choices 2016
  • Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Books of 2015, Middle Grade
  • Booklist Best Young Adult Books of 2015
  • ALA Notable Books for Children 2016, Older Readers
  • VOYA’s Perfect Tens 2015; 2016 Winner, Notable Books for a Global Society
  • CCBC Choices 2016, Fiction for Young Adults
  • 2015 Cybils Awards Nomination, Young Adult Fiction

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Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo

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Amelia is 15 and has her first crush on Chris. Chris is 21 and finds himself attracted to Amelia but knows that she is just too young.

Buzo, Laura. Love and Other Perishable Items. Alfred A. Knopf, 2010. 243 pages. Hardcover. $17.99, ISBN 978-0-375-87000-2

What if your first love was 21 but you were only 15? What then?

Amelia is 15, lives in Australia, goes to an all-girls school, and works at Coles supermarket.  She has a crush on Chris, who also works at Coles, who goes to the local university. Chris is floundering a bit, trying to get over or win back (depending on the day) a lost love, searching for the perfect woman, drinking a bit more than he should, and wondering what he’s going to do with his life.

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Chris and Amelia spend a good bit of time together, talking on breaks, chatting when their registers are near each other, when they go to parties and out for pizza. Amelia feels like she can tell Chris anything.

Does Chris feel the same way? What will happen? Love and Other Perishable Items gives you a look not only into what Amelia is thinking but also gives you a look at Chris’ journals. Read for yourself to see what happens.

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“I do like to read realistic fiction. In realistic fiction, the characters are easy to relate to and you can see yourself in the characters and what they go through.”  Lelia V. Age 15

© Chris Peeler 2013