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.
A Conspiracy of Stars
By: Olivia A. Cole
Octavia has only ever had one goal: to follow in the footsteps of her parents and become a prestigious whitecoat, one of the scientists who study the natural wonders of Faloiv. The secrets of the jungle’s exotic plants and animals are protected fiercely in the labs by the Council of N’Terra, so when the rules suddenly change, allowing students inside, Octavia should be overjoyed.
But something isn’t right. The newly elected leader of the Council has some extremist views about the way he believes N’Terra should be run, and he’s influencing others to follow him. When Octavia witnesses one of the Faloii—the indigenous people of Faloiv—attacked in front of her in the dark of night, she knows the Council is hiding something. They are living in separate worlds on a shared planet, and their fragile peace may soon turn into an all-out war.
With the help of Rondo, a quiet boy in class with a skill for hacking, and her inquisitive best friend, Alma, Octavia is set on a collision course to discover the secrets behind the history she’s been taught, the science she’s lived by, and the truth about her family