Parents, romance, and friendship drama: New contemporary teen fiction

Three romance-driven YA novels from different (American) perspectives, all recently published: American Panda Germaphobe Mei is a liar -- lying about dropping dance, lying about being in contact with her disowned brother, and lying about dating someone who is Japanese. But most of all she's lying about intending to become a doctor. As her secrets…
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Podcast – Youth suicide

Christchurch City Libraries blog hosts a series of regular podcasts from New Zealand's only specialist human rights radio show Speak up - Kōrerotia. This show is created by Sally Carlton. The latest episode deals with youth suicide. New Zealand has high rates of youth suicide, especially among Māori and Pasifika populations. Part I: Sir Peter Gluckman (Prime…
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The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir

It’s 1940 and the Chilbury village men, young and old alike, are called upon to fight to defend their heritage and their immediate future. The Vicar leaves a note on the church noticeboard stating that ‘As all our male voices have gone to war, the village choir is to close’. This high-handed attitude rattles on…
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The Atomic Weight of Love

The Atomic Weight of Love is the debut novel of Elizabeth J. Church and I hope we see a lot more books from her. This book is an ideal Christmas present. It appeals to a wide audience and will make a great holiday read and is not without a little racy love interest. The Atomic Weight…
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Spontaneous!

As touted on the cover of Spontaneous, this is "A novel about growing up... and blowing up" - and it didn't disappoint. I love a good YA read and this one caught my attention from the outset as I pondered the outrageous thought of teenagers spontaneously blowing up in front of their classmates. Spontaneous Initially…
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Men writing about love

First some facts: There is only one male Mills and Boon writer - and he writes under his wife's name and four grudgingly recognised female writers of Westerns (and they are accused of bending that particular genre in more ways than one). In-between these gender outliers, it's a bit of a free for all. Nevertheless, despite…
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