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Reviews by Tag: identity

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1473047036_into_white
Randi Pink
Reviewer's Rating: 
3
Tuesday, May 9, 2017

LaToya goes to a mostly white school. She has no friends and even the other black kids make fun of her. One night she prays to be anything but black, and she wakes up with white skin, blond hair, and blue eyes. Then the real fun begins in this journey of self-discovery that takes shocking and hilarious twists and turns.

This was an interesting book about putting oneself in someone else's shoes. It was not as hard hitting as I might have liked. There were some good moments that got you thinking, but overall, things turned out as expected. I'm not sure what this book was trying to...

Teen Review
https://jocolibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1476600036_one_half_from_the_east
Nadia Hashimi
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

This novel for young readers is a beautiful and emotional coming of age story exploring life as a bocha posh in modern-day Afghanistan.

When Obayda's father loses both of his legs in an explosion and her family is forced to move to a small village, they are in need of some good luck. Obayda's aunt decides to turn her into a bocha posh, a young girl dressed as a boy. Life in between genders is confusing for her, and she has trouble adjusting to her new life until she befriends another bocha posh. But when everything changes, the two best friends need help to fight for their newfound...

Staff Review
Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Monday, Feb 1, 2016

All American Boys is a big-issue book that also makes an excellent character study. Rashad, a sixteen-year-old African-American boy, is the victim of police brutality. Quinn, a sixteen-year-old white boy, is a witness to Rashad's beating. These two guys live in the same city and go to the same school. Quinn plays on the same basketball team as some of Rashad's friends. And yet they barely know each other.

Staff Review
Book cover
Nick Lake
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Friday, Dec 11, 2015

There will be two lies, [the coyote] says. Then there will be the truth. And that will be the hardest of all.

And what lies they are. Even more so, as the coyote promises, the lies exposed by the truth. Nothing will be the same.

Not ever.

And that's not even to mention the small surprises and little white lies along the way.

Staff Review
Book cover
Pete Hautman
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Thursday, Oct 22, 2015

I know that the World is a terrible place, filled with wild animals and evil men and wicked women.

Staff Review
The cover is a close up picture of an orange poppy in sunlight with the title Jellicoe Road at the top of the page on an orange background.
Melina Marchetta
Reviewer's Rating: 
5
Monday, Apr 13, 2015

I know this is a somewhat older title with a copyright of 2006, but I missed it back then and every year since. Why? Why did I wait SO long to read it? And why can I only give it five stars? I want to give it ten on scale of one to five!

Staff Review
The cover of The Half Life of Molly Pierce showing the face of a girl with half of her face hidden by her hair.
Katrina Leno
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Saturday, Jan 3, 2015

Molly is driving back, but she doesn't know from where. And she doesn't know to where.  All she knows is that she should be in school, but she's in her car instead. Suddenly she sees a motorcycle speeding up behind her. Somehow she knows that he is coming for her. She passes through the intersection as the light turns red. The motorcycle keeps coming; it runs the red light. A truck enters the intersection, catching the back tire of the motorcycle, sending is spinning.  The rider flies through the air, over Molly's car and lands on the asphalt right in front of her. She brakes, screaming.

Staff Review
The cover of 16 Things I Thought Were True showing a girl sitting on a gray post in the grass in front of a gray and white building
Janet Gurtler
Reviewer's Rating: 
4
Monday, Nov 10, 2014

Morgan measures her likeability by how many Twitter followers she has. Her goal is to reach 5000 and she is getting very close. If she has 5000 followers, she has to be likeable, right? Even if she doesn't have any real life friends, even if the father she's never known didn't like her enough to stick around and help raise her. She is currently tweeting about things she thought were true.