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.