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The Lost Track of Time by Paige Britt
Publication Date: May 31st, 2015
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Genre: Fantasy and Magic
A magical fantasy, an allegorical cautionary tale, a feast of language, a celebration of creativity--this dazzling debut novel is poised to become a story for the ages
Penelope is running out of time.
She dreams of being a writer, but how can she pursue her passion when her mother schedules every minute of her life? And how will she ever prove that writing is worthwhile if her mother keeps telling her to "get busy " and "be more productive"?
Then one day, Penelope discovers a hole in her schedule--an entire day completely unplanned --and she mysteriously falls into it. What follows is a mesmerizing journey through the Realm of Possibility where Penelope sets out to find and free the Great Moodler, the one person who may have the answers she seeks. Along the way, she must face an army of Clockworkers, battle the evil Chronos, take a daring Flight of Fancy, and save herself from the grip of time.
Brimming with clever language and masterful wordplay, The Lost Track of Time is a high-stakes adventure that will take you to a place where nothing is impossible and every minute doesn't count--people do
Penelope’s mind wanders. Her mom is disturbed by this and makes sure her every moment is spent wisely. Miss Maddie though, her auntly friend down the street, encourages “moodling” - sitting around drinking tea, thinking, gazing out the window, and talking about ideas, alone or with friends. Finding herself inexplicably with a free day on her usually very full schedule, Penelope falls into an adventure in The Realm of Possibility. There she befriends Dill, who’s searching for The Great Moodler, and trying to avoid the evil controlling Chronos and his army of timekeepers. This book is full of delightful word play, tons of time puns, and whimsy galore. The occasional art is a light and lovely. Those things combined with strong women, character diversity, and a pervasive message about the need for personal unscheduled time make this my favorite middle of the moment. And all the art is purple!
Cheenie from Books Inc. Burlingame
None of the Above by I. W. Gregorio
Publication Date: April 7th, 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre: Social issues, dating/sex, LGBTQI
A groundbreaking story about a teenage girl who discovers she's intersex . . . and what happens when her secret is revealed to the entire school. Incredibly compelling and sensitively told, None of the Above is a thought-provoking novel that explores what it means to be a boy, a girl, or something in between.
What if everything you knew about yourself changed in an instant?
When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place. She's a champion hurdler with a full scholarship to college and she's madly in love with her boyfriend. In fact, she's decided that she's ready to take things to the next level with him.
But Kristin's first time isn't the perfect moment she's planned, something is very wrong. A visit to the doctor reveals the truth: Kristin is intersex, which means that though she outwardly looks like a girl, she has male chromosomes, not to mention boy "parts."
Dealing with her body is difficult enough, but when her diagnosis is leaked to the whole school, Kristin's entire identity is thrown into question. As her world unravels, can she come to terms with her new self?
I am so glad that there are more and more YA books coming out about the lesser known/less talked about marginalized orientations, gender identities and intersex conditions. None of the Above is about Kristin Lattimer: Homecoming Queen with a track scholarship to her dream school, the perfect boyfriend and best friends. She thinks she has it all until she finds out she's actually intersex. After a diagnosis of Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS), Krissy struggles to figure out her identity and how her life is (or hasn't) affected by her condition, and how it effects everyone else. None of the Above is a great introduction to the intersex world for people who have no idea what being intersex means. It opened up a lot of conversations between my friends and family about how much or how little biology informs gender identity and how we all see ourselves and others.
Ren from SFO T2
With thick pages cut into the shape of each letter, children and parents will enjoy this peek-through guessing game around the letterform itself. Sprinkles, hot fudge, and cherries hint at I's ice cream sundae, while aquarium accessories hint at F's fish. As readers interact with the pages, they will familiarize themselves not only with the 26 letters and associated words, but also with each letter's physicality--angles, holes, and curves, both front and back. With Peskimo's animated, stylish visuals, this fresh ABC book encourages readers to manipulate the alphabet in a whole new way. Note: illustrations have a retro feel, with imperfect variations in color and texture.