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Love, Struggles, and Much More

Magazine article Teacher Librarian

Love, Struggles, and Much More

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Anderson, Laurie Hulse. Ashes. Atheneum, 2016. 304 p. $16.99. 9781416961468 Grades 7-10. "Vexation, bother, and blast," proclaims narrator Isabel at the beginning of this excellent historical novel as she and her companion, Curzon, are hiding from British soldiers in 1781. The two escaped slaves, though they spar verbally, share deep affection. They are completing a 1000 mile journey to find Isabel's sister in South Carolina. And then they'll start their trek back North through constant danger. They stop at an army camp in Virginia where Washington's army is gearing up for the battle at Yorktown. Should Curzon re-enlist in a cause that doesn't guarantee slaves freedom? Are the British likely to treat escaped slaves any better? Such questions underlie this suspenseful narrative, which is vivid with historical detail and a splendid conclusion to The Seeds of America trilogy.

Lubar, David. Character, Driven. Tor, 2016. 304 p. $17.99.9780765316332. Grades 9-12. Senior Cliff, an unreliable narrator, claims that his main goal is to lose his virginity. Yet when he sets his sights on a new girl at school, his kind heart and sincerity prevail over his stated goal, when he understands that she's struggling with serious problems. It may take readers longer to realize that Cliff, too, has some serious problems at home that he tries to ignore. Meanwhile, he's pondering his future. Does he have the talent to succeed as an artist? Or could he thrive as a teacher, like the quirky English teacher who supplies him with a stream of books? Cliffs story, which plays with words and narrative style, is funny and serious by turns, and always entertaining.

Sepetys, Ruta. Salt to the Sea: A Novel. Philomel, 2016. 400 p. $18.99. 9780399160301. Grades 8 up. Approximately 1500 people died when the Titanic sank in 1912. Thirty-three years later, 9400 people died when the Russians torpedoed the German refugee ship, the Wilhelm Gustloff. …

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