Monday, November 3, 2014
Friday, October 31, 2014
|Ellen Hopkins visited the Library at OPRF on Thursday to talk about being an author of YA novels.|
Matthew Turner knows it doesn't get better. His younger brother Luke was bullied mercilessly after one of Matt's friends outed Luke to the whole school, and when Luke called Matt--on the brink of suicide--Matt was too wrapped up in his new girlfriend to answer the phone. Now Luke is gone, and Matt's family is falling apart.
With brilliant sensitivity and emotional resonance, bestselling author Ellen Hopkins' Rumble explores bullying and suicide in a story that explores the worth of forgiveness and reconciliation.
Everyone has something, someone, somewhere else that they'd rather be. For four high-school seniors, their goals of perfection are just as different as the paths they take to get there. Cara's parents' unrealistic expectations have already sent her twin brother Conner spiraling toward suicide. For her, perfect means rejecting their ideals to take a chance on a new kind of love. Kendra covets the perfect face and body--no matter what surgeries and drugs she needs to get there. To score his perfect home run--on the field and off--Sean will sacrifice more than he can ever win back. And Andre realizes that to follow his heart and achieve his perfect performance, he'll be living a life his ancestors would never have understood.
Three teens, three stories--all interconnected through their parents' family relationships. As the adults pull away, caught up in their own dilemmas, the lives of the teens begin to tilt . . . Mikayla, almost eighteen, is over-the-top in love with Dylan, who loves her back jealously. But what happens when Mikayla gets pregnant the summer before their senior year--and decides to keep the baby? Shane turns sixteen that same summer and falls hard in love with his first boyfriend, Alex, who's HIV positive. Can he accept Alex's love, knowing that his life will be shortened? Harley is fourteen--a good girl searching for new experiences, especially love from an older boy.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Monday, September 29, 2014
Here's a link to an article about the value of having books in the home:
"Books in the Home are Strongly Linked to Academic Achievement"