Another book I grabbed at the Scholastic Book Warehouse Sale is 42 Miles by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer. I'll be honest and say that I saw the cover, read the title and grabbed it without really looking too much at the book. Once I picked it up to read I was immediately sucked in.
The premise is simple, it's about a young girl who is living 2 very different lives. During the week with her mom she is Ellen and it's all structure and city living. On the weekends it's the country life and home cooking with her dad and she goes by Joey. She at the point where she has to come into her own and figure out who JoEllen really is.
While the premise is simple, the way that Zimmer tells it is a new take on an old story. Told completely in freestyle poems JoEllen's story unfolds lyrically across the page. Each moment captures not only in the flow of the verse, but in the scrapbook style illustrations that adorn each page. It feels a little like reading a diary, and getting a sneak peek at how this girl is struggling to decide who she really wants to be. You quickly begin to relate to JoEllen and root for her to come out happy.
This is a quick, but powerful read. I'm glad I added it to my personal collection and I can't wait to add it to my library as well.
To learn more about 42 Miles and author Tracie Vaughn Zimmer heck out her website.
By Nate Blakeslee
The enthralling story of the rise and reign of O-Six, the celebrated Yellowstone wolf, and the people who loved or feared her
Before men ruled the Earth, there were wolves. Once abundant in North America, these majestic creatures were hunted to near extinction by the 1920s. But in recent decades, conservationists have brought wolves back to the Rockies, igniting a battle over the very soul of the West.
With novelistic detail, Nate Blakeslee tells the gripping story of one of these wolves, a charismatic alpha female named O-Six for the year of her birth. Uncommonly powerful, with gray fur and faint black ovals around each eye, O-Six is a kind and merciful leader, a fiercely intelligent fighter, and a doting mother. She is beloved by wolf watchers, particularly Yellowstone park ranger Rick McIntyre, and becomes something of a social media star, with followers around the world.
But as she raises her pups and protects her pack, O-Six is challenged on all fronts: by hunters, who compete with wolves for the elk they both prize; by cattle ranchers who are losing livestock and have the ear of politicians; and by other Yellowstone wolves who are vying for control of the park's stunningly beautiful Lamar Valley.
These forces collide in American Wolf, a riveting multi-generational saga of hardship and triumph that tells a larger story about the clash of values in the West--between those fighting for a vanishing way of life and those committed to restoring one of the country's most iconic landscapes.
Juliet Takes a Breath
By Gabby Rivera
Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn’t sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan, sort of, one that’s going to help her figure out this whole “Puerto Rican lesbian” thing. She’s interning with the author of her favorite book: Harlowe Brisbane, the ultimate authority on feminism, women’s bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff.
Will Juliet be able to figure out her life over the course of one magical summer? Is that even possible? Or is she running away from all the problems that seem too big to handle?
With more questions than answers, Juliet takes on Portland, Harlowe, and most importantly, herself.