Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Schizo & Simon


Miles suffers from schizophrenia. His first manifestation was two years ago, as a freshman in high school.  He takes his meds, and sees a therapist, but his symptoms aren’t really being managed.  This novel gives some insight in what it might be like to live with mental illness.  


Simon has been corresponding with another closeted gay student by email for months. He feels like he’s really gotten to know “Blue.” His happiness is tainted when another student logs on to his email and screen shots incriminating passages, which is then used as blackmail in an attempt to be hooked up with one of Simon’s friends.  Simon still corresponds with “Blue” and deals with family drama. 

This is a funny, (Simon is quite witty,) and poignant tale of Simon trying to figure out who his email friend is, come out to his family and friends, and deal with bullying. 

Monday, December 21, 2015

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard


Mare Barrow lives in a world of Reds: the lower class, ordinary laborers, soldiers on the front lines. Cal lives in the world of Silvers: the upper class, rulers with power to manipulate the elements, the officers and generals.  When Mare unexpectedly displays the same ability to manipulate electricity, she’s taken in by the royal family for a “makeover” and must pass for a Silver, if she wants her family to survive. Rebels want her for their cause, both royal brothers want her, her family needs her; what’s a girl to do?

This fantasy has lots of things going on in it to catch my students’ attention: a love triangle, political intrigue, war between classes, superpowers, betrayals, and it’s a series.  The only frustration is waiting on the sequels.  

Saturday, December 19, 2015