Turtles All the Way Down by John Green


Turtles All the Way Down

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“At the time I first realized I might be fictional, my weekdays were spent at a publicly funded institution on the north side of Indianapolis called White River High School, where I was required to eat lunch at a particular time – between 12:37 P.M. and 1:14 P.M. – by forces so much larger than myself that I couldn’t even begin to identify them. If those forces had given me a different lunch period, or if the tablemates who helped author my fate had chosen a different topic of conversation that September day, I would’ve met a different end – or at least a different middle. But I was beginning to learn that your life is a story told about you, not one that you tell

Green, John. Turtles All the Way Down. Dutton Books, 2017. 286 pages. Hardcover. $19.99, ISBN 978-0-525-55536-0

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“Gr 9 Up–Sixteen-year-old Aza Holmes first met Davis Pickett at “Sad Camp” the summers after fifth and sixth grades. Both Aza and Davis had recently lost parents and the kids bonded in their grief and fascination with the natural world. They’ve had little contact since then, even though they still live in Indianapolis, albeit in very different circumstances. When Davis’s billionaire CEO dad disappears on the eve of a fraud and bribery investigation, Aza’s best bud Daisy is intrigued, particularly since the police are offering a $100,000 reward for information about his whereabouts. The bright, talented girls worry about affording college and soon get caught up in solving the mystery. However, a lack of finances is just one of the myriad things, large (existential) and small (microbes), that Aza stresses about. She is living with debilitating anxiety and obsessive-compulsive responses to it. Despite years of therapy and meds, she works hard to function in the face of physically harrowing mental health challenges. When she reconnects with her childhood friend, the prospect of a budding relationship is at once thrilling and terrifying. As always, Green creates whip-smart and articulate characters who will charm, frustrate, and possibly annoy readers. While the romance is never fully realized, this is undoubtedly a love story. Aza is a likable protagonist and readers will be caught up in the claustrophobic, narrowing spiral that is her existence and root for her to gain control of her life. Her tough, brutally honest first-person narrative will leave teens battered and raw but will also show them that, with love, everything is possible. VERDICT A deeply resonant and powerful novel that will inform and enlighten readers even as it breaks their hearts. A must-buy.—Luann Toth, School Library Journal”

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Framed by Gordon Korman

“‘We do trust you,’ Mom soothed. ‘It’s just that most parents don’t even go through this once. Our street is starting to look like the parking lot of the police station.'”

Korman, Gordon. Framed.  Scholastic, 2010. 234 pages. Hardcover. $8.99, ISBN 978-0-545-27081-6

Griffin Bing, “The Man with the Plan”, has a history of getting in trouble. Always in the name of “fairness” but still, he’s got a reputation. This time though, he didn’t do it. A Super Bowl ring, donated to his Middle School has gone missing from the school display case. It was replaced with Griffin’s retainer, making Griffin the prime suspect. What follows will keep you on the edge of your seat. There’s an appearance before the judge, a transfer to a JFK school, affectionately called “Jail for Kids”, a foiled plan with his friends to find out who the real thief is, an ankle bracelet that prevents him from leaving home, and much, much, more. Will the true thief be discovered? Will Griffin have to go to jail? You’ve got to read this one to find out.

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True Detective by Norah McClintock

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“She was dumped in and alley, but she wasn’t killed there. That’s why they’re going for a search warrant.”

McClintock, Norah. Tru Detective. Orca Book Publishers, 2015. 128 pages. Paperback. $19.95, ISBN 978-1-4598-0379-4

 When Truman’s girlfriend, Natasha, didn’t show up for their date, he was mad and too proud to call her. He got drunk and trashed his house. He was awakened the next morning by the police. Natasha was dead – found in an alley – and Truman is the prime suspect. Things aren’t looking good for Truman so he starts an investigation of his own. He finds out Natasha wasn’t really who she said she was – nothing was exactly as he thought. Will he get to the bottom of this and find out the real truth? Will he find the real killer? Or will he be arrested for her murder? You’ll have to read to find out.

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Off the Rim by Sonya Spreen Bates

“Someone’s been sending Jenna these creepy messages on Facebook,” said Amber. “What kind of creepy messages?” I said. “Threats mostly.”

Bates, Sonya Spreen. Off the Rim. Orca Book Publishers., 2015. 157 pages. Paperback. $9.95, ISBN 978-1-4598-0888-1

Dylan makes the starting lineup for his high school basketball team, the Mountainview Hunters. Life should be good, right? Wrong. His girlfriend Jenna is getting some harassing messages on Facebook, e-mail, and her cell phone. Jenna has no idea who or why. It gets worse when she and Dylan are forced off the road by a black truck. Dylan enlists the help of a teammate to find out who it is. Will they find out in time?

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