Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights Act by Lynda Blackmon Lowery. This nonfiction book is a great way for students to learn about the realities of the Civil Rights Movement. Lowery speaks of her experiences in several marches, culminating in the march from Selma to Montgomery, on which she was the youngest marcher. While I had seen the horrible and iconic images of the first Montgomery march, there were a lot of details that I had no awareness of. This is a clear and straightforward text, with several pictures to illustrate the narrative.
Masterminds by Gordan Korman is about an idyllic, perfect town, where there is no crime, and no one lies. However, as the children of the town soon begin to discover, nothing is really as it seems. This has a lot of action and adventure, and is the first in a series. I don’t want to spoil what actually happens, but it was different than other books I have read.
Simon vs. The Homo Sapien Agenda by Becky Albertalli is a charming novel aboutSimon, a closeted junior in high school. When Martin, who is in the musical with him, finds some emails, he tries to blackmail Simon with the information. Simon has been considering coming out, but he knows there will be struggles, and he hasbeen emailing with another student from his school, and he does not want to risk outing him as well. A great, romantic, coming of age story.
Nothing Bad is Going to Happen by Kathleen Hale – this is the sequel to No One Else Can Have You. It is another story about Kippy Bushman, and this one involves her finding her boyfriend, unconscious, after an apparent suicide attempt – however, just like in the first novel, not everything is at is seems. An interesting mystery, although not as strong as the first book.