Best of 2014 GIveaway Hop
NIL by Lynne Matson (Henry Holt)
A creepy island? Check!
Brave, intelligent characters? Check!
Wonderful writing? Double check!
An ending that will have you begging for more? Check, check and YESSS!
When I was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster)
The Gospel of Winter by Brendan Kiely (Margaret K. McElderry/Simon & Schuster)
The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy by Kate Hattemer (Knopf BFYR)
Trust Me I'm Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer (Delacorte)
Something Real by Heather Demetrios (Henry Holt BFYR)
Something Real was my favorite contemporary of last year.
Heather presents a striking picture of Bonnie Baker, who has been frustrated and permanently altered by her mom's decision to have their family grow up in front of the cameras.
Bonnie's struggles to break free of her TV identity, and to decide her own future will absolutely move and charm readers.
Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley (HarperTeen)
Summer on the Short Bus by Bethany Crandell (Running Press)
I'm really grateful to Bethany for writing this book.
I feel like she's really shown readers that "differently-abled people" - to quote a review I read - are strong, funny and so likable, albeit sometimes in different ways.
It's hard to explain what this book meant to me, but it made me feel really appreciative of Bethany and the fact that we have authors who are willing to explore difficult issues for readers.
Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn (Feiwel and Friends)
Not in the Script by Amy Finnegan (Bloomsbury Children)
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