Tag Archives: coming-of-age

Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan

Whelan, Gloria. Homeless Bird. 212p. Harper Collins. 2000. ISBN:  978-0-06-440819-6. Homeless Bird, a National Book Award winner,  is a beautifully written story about a 13-year-old Hindu girl, Koly, living in India.  As is the custom, her marriage is arranged for … Continue reading

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Waiting for Normal

Connor, Leslie. Waiting For Normal. 290p. Harper Collins. 2008. ISBN:  978-0-06-089088-9.   Dear Addie, I’m pulling for you.  I liked you the moment I met you.  You are a 12-year-old girl who deserves normal.  Your Mom mostly drove me nuts-I … Continue reading

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Smile by Raina Telgemeier

Telgemeier, Raina.  Smile.  213 p.  Graphix  2010.  ISBN 978-0-545-13205-3.Smile is pure genius.  For anyone who has had braces, you’ll be able to relate to this true story, told in graphic novel form, of what the author, Raina Telgemeier, went through … Continue reading

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Alexie, Sherman.  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian.  229p.  Little, Brown.  2007.  ISBN 978-0-316-01368-0.Arnold Spirit, Jr., nicknamed Junior, is an American Indian living on a Spokane, Washington reservation.  He was born with encephalitis (water on the brain), and … Continue reading

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Flipped

Van Draanen, Wendelin.  Flipped.  212 p. A. A. Knopf. 2001. ISBN 978-0-375-81174-6 . When Bryce Loski moves in across the street from Julie Baker  in 2nd grade, she immediately falls in love with him!  When Bryce meets her for the … Continue reading

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Every Soul A Star

Mass, Wendy.  Every Soul A Star.  336 p. Little, Brown and Company.  2008.  ISBN 978-0-316-00256-1.After seeing many students check this book out at the school library where I work, and then also seeing it as one of three nominees on … Continue reading

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