The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa TotenTitle: The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B
Author: Teresa Toten
Also by this author: Beware That Girl
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: August 27, 2013
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Two-time Governor General's Award nominee Teresa Toten is back with a compulsively readable new book for teens!

When Adam meets Robyn at a support group for kids coping with obsessive-compulsive disorder, he is drawn to her almost before he can take a breath. He's determined to protect and defend her--to play Batman to her Robyn--whatever the cost. But when you're fourteen and the everyday problems of dealing with divorced parents and step-siblings are supplemented by the challenges of OCD, it's hard to imagine yourself falling in love. How can you have a "normal" relationship when your life is so fraught with problems? And that's not even to mention the small matter of those threatening letters Adam's mother has started to receive . . .

Teresa Toten sets some tough and topical issues against the backdrop of a traditional whodunit in this engaging new novel that readers will find hard to put down. 

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Review: The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten teaches about and describes OCD, a very important mental health issue. This book also provides the reader with well developed characters and a mystery to solve. Toten has created a unique, humorous and fast-paced story that will entertain and educate at the same time. Continue reading

Review: Whisper by Stacey R. Campbell

Review: Whisper by Stacey R. CampbellTitle: Whisper (Lakeview #2)
Series: Lakeview #2
Author: Stacey R. Campbell
Also by this author: Hush (Lakeview #1)
Publisher: Green Darner Press
Genres: Mystery
Publication Date: March 13, 2015
Rating: five-stars
Series Rating: five-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

It’s Halle Henry’s first year at Lakeview Academy . . .
On a snowy January night, just days after a fire that nearly destroyed the school’s library, Elsie Stewart, daughter of the headmaster and founder of Lakeview Academy, dies slipping beneath the ice of frozen Clearwater Lake. Unable to right the wrongs she committed before her tragic death, Elsie’s spirit walks the halls of her father’s school, waiting for someone who can.
One hundred years later, while joining her sister’s friend Leigh to help clean out the school’s administration building before the big remodel, Halle stumbles upon Elsie’s hidden journal.
Obsessed with what she finds, Halle searches the school for clues that may lead to solving a century-old mystery. The only problem is that Halle also talks Calum Stewart, Leigh’s worst nightmare, into helping them.
Once Leigh and Calum are forced to work together, sparks fly and no one around them, alive or dead, is left unaffected. 

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Review: Whisper by Stacey R. Campbell

 Whisper, by Stacey R.Campbell is the second book in the incredibly mysterious Lakeview series. It is filled with friendship, suspense, mystery, and secret passages.Set in a boarding school, this book has the recipe for excitement! Continue reading

Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn’t Fly, P. T. Jones

Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn’t Fly, P. T. JonesTitle: Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn't Fly
Publisher: Chizine Publications
Genres: Contemporary
Publication Date: November, 11, 2014
Rating: two-half-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Mary's life is going fine. Except for being a freshman in high school. And having anxiety attacks. And her dad having no job. So, introduce one boy who can fly, kidnap the little brother she's supposed to be babysitting, and drop a military quarantine on her town and that should make her anxiety completely disappear, right? Wrong! 

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Floating Boy and The Girl Who Couldn’t Fly, by P. T. Jones

Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn’t Fly by P. T. Jones is a book that is a very interesting read! The writing style for Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn’t Fly is quite amazing and it has a strong main character, yet the storyline itself lacks punch. Continue reading

Review: Rethinking Normal by Katie Rain Hill

Review: Rethinking Normal by Katie Rain HillTitle: Rethinking Normal
Author: Katie Rain Hill
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 30, 2014
Rating: three-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

In her unique, generous, and affecting voice, nineteen-year-old Katie Hill shares her personal journey of undergoing gender reassignment.

Have you ever worried that you'd never be able to live up to your parents' expectations? Have you ever imagined that life would be better if you were just invisible? Have you ever thought you would do anything--anything--to make the teasing stop? Katie Hill had and it nearly tore her apart.

Katie never felt comfortable in her own skin. She realized very young that a serious mistake had been made; she was a girl who had been born in the body of a boy. Suffocating under her peers' bullying and the mounting pressure to be "normal," Katie tried to take her life at the age of eight years old. After several other failed attempts, she finally understood that "Katie"--the girl trapped within her--was determined to live.

In this first-person account, Katie reflects on her pain-filled childhood and the events leading up to the life-changing decision to undergo gender reassignment as a teenager. She reveals the unique challenges she faced while unlearning how to be a boy and shares what it was like to navigate the dating world and experience heartbreak for the first time in a body that matched her gender identity. Told in an unwaveringly honest voice, Rethinking Normal is a coming-of-age story about transcending physical appearances and redefining the parameters of "normalcy" to embody one's true self. 

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Review: Rethinking Normal by Katie Rain Hill

Rethinking Normal by Katie Rain Hill is a compelling book about the struggles that she experienced growing up as transgender. This memoir that she wrote about her life up until the time of publication is an inspiring tale of teen experiences, gender re-assignment surgery and raising awareness about transgender. Continue reading