Threatened - Eliot Schrefer

In his second book on the great apes, National Book Award finalist Eliot Schrefer transports us to Gabon, into the impoverished and desperate life of Luc, an orphan who escapes essential servitude through the cunning and wiles of the Prof, from Northern Africa, who dreams of becoming an African Jane Goodall. The two voyage into the nearly impenetrable Gabonese forests to study chimpanzee behavior. Thoroughly compelling and thought-provoking, Threatened (Scholastic, $17.99) gives us a glimpse of a relationship between a human and a species of ape that is humans’ closest living relative, sharing 99.8% of our DNA.  Ages 12-15. Kerri Poore

Love Letters to the Dead - Ava Dellaira

“Dear Kurt Cobain, Mrs. Buster gave us our first assignment in English today, to write a letter to a dead person.” Thus opens Ava Dellaira’s haunting epistolary debut novel, Love Letters to the Dead (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $17.99). Without turning in the assignment, Laurel continues to write letters to dead personalities, from Judy Garland to Allan “Rocky” Lane, Amy Winehouse, and John Keats. These letters to others, who had their own burdens and sadnesses, become her method for acknowledging what has happened to her and understanding the sudden death of her older sister, May. Ages 15-18. Kerri Poore

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ISBN: 9780374346676
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - April 1st, 2014

This One Summer -Jillian Tamaki, Mariko Tamaki

Illustrator Jillian Tamaki and author Mariko Tamaki have crafted a gorgeous graphic novel of adolescent summer friendship. Rose and Windy try to enjoy This One Summer (First Second, $21.99 hardback, $17.99 paperback) at Awago Beach despite the harsh realities of family life and their entry into adolescence. Thoughtful and introspective, Rose diverts her attention from her mother’s not entirely explained withdrawal from the family by observing the island’s older teens and their activities. Open, loud, and whimsical, Windy gossips with Rose about possibilities, and they try to enjoy a light-hearted summer vacation. Jillian’s artwork places you firmly into summer at the lake; dramatic and beautiful depictions of the water contrast with dynamic panels of Windy’s dancing exploits, full of movement and life. Ages 15-18. Kerri Poore

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By Jillian Tamaki (Illustrator), Mariko Tamaki
ISBN: 9781596437746
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Published: First Second - May 6th, 2014