Monday, September 18, 2017

Middle School Monday: The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez

Middle School Monday:  The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez

Malú is not at all excited that her professor mom is moving her to Chicago for two years. She'll be starting a new school for seventh grade and she's 1,000 miles away from her dad, her dog and her favorite place to hang out -- her dad's record shop. Plus there's the fact that her mother seems to be disappointed that MarĂ­a Luisa (that's her full name, just don't call her that if you're not her mom, or trying to annoy her) doesn't dress like a senorita or care about much besides punk music and making zines.

When the first day goes terribly (complete with having some words with one of the most popular girls in school and a dress-code violation), it seems like this is going to be a very long two years for Malú. But, punk is not about giving up, and neither is Malú! She starts to make a few friends at school, including Joe, a boy who also violated dress code on the first day with his formerly blue hair. When she sees her nemesis signing up for the school talent show, she seizes the moment and signs her new friends up as a band. Now the only thing to do? Start a band!

Malú is unabashedly herself and in The First Rule of Punk, she is looking for the friends and places where she can be who is she is and not have to worry or care about what others will think. It's a tough thing to do in seventh grade, especially when people are calling her a "coconut" and the administration at her middle school is seriously anti-punk, but with the support of her new friends, her dad, and even her sometimes disapproving mom, she is up to the challenge.

Malú is a shining light of awesomeness and you will be happy you've had the chance to hang out with her for a while.

More to read:

Middle School Monday: Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Middle School Monday: Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova

Middle School Monday: Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom by Booki Vivat

Friday, September 15, 2017

Miles Morales: Spider-Man by Jason Reynolds

Miles Morales: Spider-Man by Jason Reynolds

Miles Morales would just like to get through one day of high school without getting in trouble or having his parents called. This was much easier before his spidey senses were going off every day -- even when nothing seems to be the matter. But not checking when his senses tell him something might be wrong means that he could be brushing off someone in real trouble. That's not the type of thing he can do lightly, even if it means getting in trouble for cutting class.

But, he's relying on a scholarship to stay at his boarding school, Brooklyn Visions Academy, and Miles doesn't want to see the disappointment and worry on his parents' faces when they hear about their son getting in to trouble again. His dad wants to know, "Who's going to save the superhero?" He worries that Miles is heading down the same path as Miles' uncle, a man who his dad cut out of his life because he didn't approve of his life choices. Could it be time to hang up his spider-suit, for good?

When things at his school get more tense and a teacher seems to be targeting Miles and his friends, can he really just let this slide? Miles is about to face more challenges than ever and only some of them are supernatural.

This is the exciting first book in a new series by the always thought-provoking Jason Reynolds. Miles has a lot to struggle with between school, super powers and trying to live up to his family's expectations, but he's also a spend-all-day-playing video games with your best friend, maybe talk to the girl in his poetry class, kind of teen who happens to also be able to crawl on the ceiling. Any fan of superheroes is going to find a lot to love in this book and you'll be looking forward to heading out on more adventures alongside Miles.

More to read:

Up and Coming: Patina by Jason Reynolds

Middle School Monday: Ghost by Jason ReynoldsThe Shadow Hero by Gene Leun Yang and Sonny Liew

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

We are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun and Susan Mullen

We are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun and Susan Mullen

Cath and Scott have lived next door to each other and been friends through middle and high school, but now they've graduated and Cath is off to college at Wake Forest University. Since this book takes place in 1982, staying in contact with your friend from high school isn't so easy. But, Cath and Scott have the U.S. Postal service on their side and as soon as she hits campus, she sends off a letter to Scott.

Scott is staying in suburban Maryland and working in his dad's men's clothing shop, so he has the scoop on what's going on in their hometown. Cath, on the other hand, sends Scott word of her very dramatic roommate, her new job at a pizza place and the college boys she's dating. You can tell that these two must have been hilarious in the same room, because their banter via letter is a riot.

This is a tribute to longtime friendships: as Cath and Scott face all sorts of curveballs, they find that the first person they want to tell about their problems is each other. Plus, it's a funny, charming romantic comedy for fans of classics like While You Were Sleeping and Sleepless in Seattle.

More to read:
A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall
Up and Coming: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Up and Coming: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Top 5 Books about Life after High School

Friday, September 1, 2017

What's On Hold: Back to School Edition

Get a jump on what's new and exciting in our stacks. Here's what TATAL has on hold: 

Librarian M:

A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo
A Dangerous Magic by Donald Hounam
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl vol.6 by Ryan North

The Lake Effect by Erin McCahan

The Dire King by William Ritter

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Release by Patrick Ness
Calling My Name by Liara Tamani 


Tower of Dawn by Sarah Maas  


Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins

Miles Morales by Jason Reynolds
Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
Squirrel Girl by Shannon Hale