Memories are one of those things that we hold on to. Our memories can be a source of comfort and pain. But, they are ours and unless we choose to share them, they remain ours. Not so in Lauren Mansy's book The Memory Thief. The book is set in a time and place where memories can be spent like money. The ability to possess other people's memories equates with power, and there are gifted individuals who can steal memories with a simple touch. Etta is gifted, but she has chosen to not use her gift, until her mother is facing death and her mother's memories are set to be auctioned off. Etta is determined to protect her mother's memories, but it means she will have to use her gift to steal other valuable memories.
The Iowa Choice Awards were chosen recently and we have many of them already on the shelf. So, I chose one from each, the Teen Choice, and the High School Choice to share with you.
The Iowa Teen Award books are written with younger YA readers in mind. On the list for 2020 is Five Feet Apart by Rachel Lippincott, with screen play authors Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis. This is a book about survival and living. Stella has a lung disease and believes that if she keeps her distance from everyone, she will stay healthy. Will also has a lung disease. But, he wants more than just survival, he wants to live. So, when their paths cross, Stella has to decide if she wants to take a chance and get close to Will. The story highlights the pain and choices that those with a crippling illness deal with every day.
On the High School Choice list is On the Come Up by Angie Thomas. The High School Choice Award list includes books that are geared more to older YA readers. This is the story of a young girl who wants to make a name for herself through rap music. It appears that her life is falling apart. Her dad died, her mom lost her job, the fridge is empty, and they might get evicted. With so many things to be angry about, Bri pours all of that emotion into her rapping. Who knew it would become a viral sensation and it would set a course for Bri that maybe isn't who she really is. This is a story about how circumstances can define the person; and sometimes it's hard to win against circumstances.
Hi! I'm Sonya, the Young Adult Librarian at Algona Public Library. I'll be sharing about YA books - old and new.