Title: Fingerprints of You
Author: Kristen-Paige Madonia
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: Gift from a friend–Thank you, Kelly! 🙂
Summary (From Goodreads):
Lemon grew up with Stella, a single mom who wasn’t exactly maternal. Stella always had a drink in her hand and a new boyfriend every few months, and when things got out of hand, she would whisk Lemon off to a new town for a fresh beginning. Now, just as they are moving yet again, Lemon discovers that she is pregnant from a reckless encounter—with a guy Stella had been flirting with.
On the verge of revisiting her mother’s mistakes, Lemon struggles to cope with the idea of herself as a young unmarried mother, as well as the fact that she’s never met her own father. Determined to have at least one big adventure before she has the baby, Lemon sets off on a cross-country road trip, intending not only to meet her father, but to figure out who she wants to be.
Flash Review: The cover is what initially drew me to this book. I don’t have any tattoos, but I appreciate the artistry that goes into them. Not long after I started reading Fingerprints of You, I understood the meaning behind the tattoos on the book cover. Something I really like about Kristen-Paige Madonia’s debut is that even though Lemon is pregnant, this isn’t really a book about teen pregnancy. I discovered last year while talking with some of my students that many of them won’t read pregnancy books because “they’re all the same.” I would hand this book to those students and challenge them to read it. Lemon is a very different character and sometimes hard to relate to, but her story and conflicts are engaging. This is a story about Lemon growing up, realizing where she’s really come from, how to build and maintain relationships, etc. Madonia’s writing is fluid, her cast of characters are interesting, and I’m looking forward to reading more of her books. I’m sure Fingerprints of You will be a hit in my classroom this year.
**Fingerprints of You is now available in paperback**
Title: A Trick of the Light
Author: Lois Metzger
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Summary (From Goodreads):
Mike Welles had everything under control. But that was before. Now things are rough at home, and they’re getting confusing at school. He’s losing his sense of direction, and he feels like he’s a mess.
Then there’s a voice in his head. A friend, who’s trying to help him get control again. More than that—the voice can guide him to become faster and stronger than he was before, to rid his life of everything that’s holding him back. To figure out who he is again. If only Mike will listen.
Telling a story of a rarely recognized segment of eating disorder sufferers—young men—A Trick of the Light by Lois Metzger is a book for fans of the complex characters and emotional truths in Laurie Halse Anderson’s Wintergirls and Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why.
Flash Review: Lois Metzger has written an important story because it’s one not often written about (exclusively, that I know of), but it’s a story many of our teen boys know too well. It’s the story of a teenage boy suffering from anorexia. I did, however, have a tough time with the pace in A Trick of the Light. It’s a short book at only 208 pages, so it’s naturally going to move quickly. I needed more of Mike’s background because it seemed like after a couple short chapters, Mike was suddenly anorexic and I didn’t understand exactly why or where it came from. Part of that could be because Mike’s story is narrated by his eating disorder. However, I really enjoyed reading this from such a fresh perspective. It took me a few pages to realize that’s who’s narrating the story, but once I did I immediately understood it. I’m happy to add this to my class library and recommend it to my students. I’m looking forward to discussing it with them.
Title: Halloween Hustle
Author: Charlotte Gunnufson
Illustrator: Kevan J. Atteberry
Publisher: Two Lions
Summary (From Goodreads):
In the dark, a funky beat. / Something white with bony feet. / Skeleton dancing up the street, / Doing the Halloween Hustle. Skeleton is dancing his way to a Halloween party but as he grooves across town, he keeps stumbling, tumbling, and falling apart! Can Skeleton stay in one piece long enough to make it to the party?
Flash Review: I’m still new to the picture book scene, so I’m not always sure what to say about them or how to review them. I can say that Halloween Hustle is a delightful picture book full of vibrant images and rhymes on every page. I can easily picture young children reading this book with their parents around Halloween and dancing with the characters. Charlotte Gunnufson has written the story in rhyme so it reads like a song, hence the title Halloween Hustle. It’s my hope that my seniors this year will be able to read to a class of first graders, and if we are around Halloween I know they’ll want to read this to them.
Also, I was provided with some images from the book when the publisher sent this. Here are a few snippets of Kevan J. Atteberry’s work:
As always, thank you for the Flash Reviews idea, GreenBeanTeenQueen!