I read these two mysteries back to back, and despite the fact that they were published around the same time, they are actually pretty different. Let's see how they handle it when forced into a face-off.
Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) is deliciously sex-positive. Jack is gay, so most of it gay-gentric, but there are also tidbits of lesbian-centric and even asexual-centric positivity.
Jack and his two best friends Jenna and Ben go to a private school in NYC. Jenna, who has an investigative website, convinces Jack to write Ann Landers-style sex advice to anonymous emailers. Jack has lots to share because, as he says, he likes having sex and isn't shy about it. Things are going swimmingly until Jack starts getting these mysterious origami-folded, pink notes in his locker. They start out innocent enough, but quickly become stalker-y, which leads to the three friends investigating. The culprit is unexpected, which makes for delightful storytelling.
Every year, the Texas State Library chooses 20 or so books that will appeal to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade readers.
When the list is announced, Bethany and Bonnie like to go on a shopping spree at the book vendor's to make sure we can get these books in your hands.
These are the books we're most excited about having available soon at Bastrop Public Library.
Just like you, authors often like to listen to music when they write. Here are three authors' playlists that they listened to over and over again when they wrote their books. Listen and maybe you'll be inspired to write, too!
Inspo for Renegades by Marissa Meyer
Inspo for Reaper at the Gate by Sabaa Tahir
Inspo for Warcross by Marie Lu
Want more authors' playlists? Find them here.
Have you found our newest resources available here, on the Online Community Hub?!
That's right! Bethany, Bastrop Public Library's Young Adult Librarian, has curated tons of lists to help you find the book for you!
Hover your mouse over "Resources" at the top of the page and select "Booklists." Once you click on a button in that page, it'll take you to our online card catalog with the YA books selected for that topic. You can put a book on hold right from that page!
Happy searching and reading!
Are you a fan of the long-running podcast Welcome to Night Vale?
If you like conspiracy theories, thinly veiled threats, and radio hosts that you're not sure whether or not you can trust, you should read Sabrina by Nick Drnaso.
Have a description of it from Amazon:
Conspiracy theories, breakdown, murder: Everything’s gonna be all right―until it isn’t.
When Sabrina disappears, an airman in the U.S. Air Force is drawn into a web of suppositions, wild theories, and outright lies. He reports to work every night in a bare, sterile fortress that serves as no protection from a situation that threatens the sanity of Teddy, his childhood friend and the boyfriend of the missing woman. Sabrina’s grieving sister, Sandra, struggles to fill her days as she waits in purgatory. After a videotape surfaces, we see devastation through a cinematic lens, as true tragedy is distorted when fringe thinkers and conspiracy theorists begin to interpret events to fit their own narratives.
Sabrina depicts a modern world devoid of personal interaction and responsibility, where relationships are stripped of intimacy through glowing computer screens. Presenting an indictment of our modern state, Drnaso contemplates the dangers of a fake-news climate. Timely and articulate, Sabrina leaves you gutted, searching for meaning in the aftermath of disaster.
Find it in the Teen Room: YA GRN Sab
With 2019 upon us, I leave you with an exciting adventure story, to take with you on your adventure into 2019. What was your favorite adventure-y read of 2019?
I absolutely loved Ship It! It hit me right in the feels! Which fandom book made you squee this year?