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Friday, January 8, 2016

MLC Staff Reads: YA

Here are three great young adult books to add to your to-read list. Already read them? Let us know what you thought in the comments.

Saint Anything
Sarah Dessen
four stars

Sydney finds new friends and new love even while life in her dysfunctional family becomes to much to bear. Great character building and lovely reflections on responsibility, forgiveness, and belonging.

Kelly Loy Gilbert
four stars

Braden is the only witness to a policeman's death when his father is accused of the murder. Gilbert deftly explores issues of abuse, faith, and growing up, all centered around Braden's biggest passion: baseball.
How it Went Down
Kekla Magoon
four stars

How It Went Down, a 2015 Coretta Scott King Honor Book, begins with sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson's murder. He was shot to death by a white man named Jack Franklin while walking home from the store. This heart-wrenching story is told with multiple POVs by those in Tariq's community. It is a touching, truthful, and thought-provoking novel by Kekla Magoon and it changed the way we look at the world.

Don't forget to follow us on Goodreads. Join us next week for our latest favorite picture books. Until then, happy reading!

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