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Chasing Secrets: a deadly surprise in the city of lies by Gennifer Choldenko. 280 p. Wendy Lamb Books/ Random House Children's Books, August 4, 2015. 9780307975775.
Publisher synopsis: San Francisco, 1900. The Gilded Age. A fantastic time to be alive for lots of people . . . but not thirteen-year-old Lizzie Kennedy, stuck at Miss Barstow’s snobby school for girls. Lizzie’s secret passion is science, an unsuitable subject for finishing-school girls. Lizzie lives to go on house calls with her physician father. On those visits to his patients, she discovers a hidden dark side of the city—a side that’s full of secrets, rats, and rumors of the plague.
The newspapers, her powerful uncle, and her beloved papa all deny that the plague has reached San Francisco. So why is the heart of the city under quarantine? Why are angry mobs trying to burn Chinatown to the ground? Why is Noah, the Chinese cook’s son, suddenly making Lizzie question everything she has known to be true? Ignoring the rules of race and class, Lizzie and Noah must put the pieces together in a heart-stopping race to save the people they love.
The Al Capone books are some of my all-time favorite reads. I am so looking forward to clearing my reading obligations and settling down with this one.
Tagged by Diane C. Mullen. 281 p. Charlesbridge, March, 2015. 9781580895835.
Publisher synopsis: Liam is a fourteen-year-old graffiti artist living in project housing in Minneapolis with his single mother and three younger siblings. When Liam’s estranged older brother coerces him to tag a graffiti symbol for a rival gang, Liam’s life is threatened. Due to his apathetic attitude in the classroom and on the baseball field, Liam’s private-school scholarship is also threatened. His mother decides to send him to Lake Michigan for the summer to live with her best friend, Kat, a sculptor and art teacher, Liam soon delves into the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Pablo Picasso, and his own personal aesthetics. He’s encouraged to consider his art seriously and how it might contribute to a greater community. Having to decide between staying with Kat and returning home to his siblings who need him, Liam’s story inspires him to reinvent himself for the better.
Currents by Jane Petrlik Smolik. 326 p. Charlesbridge, September, 20, 2015. 9781580896481.
Publisher synopsis: This middle-grade historical novel follows three young girls living very different lives who are connected by one bottle that makes two journeys across the ocean.
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