The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows
All We Ever Wanted – Emily Giffin
How They Croaked – Georgia Bragg
Bang – Barry Lyga
White Rabbit – Caleb Roehrig
Call The Shots – Don Calame
Refugee – Alan Gratz
A World Below – Wesley King
Isaac loves art class, drives an old pickup, argues with his father and hangs out with his best buddy, Hazel. But his life is anything but normal. His parents operate an illegal marijuana grow-op, Hazel is a bear that guards the property, and his family’s livelihood is a deep secret.
It’s no time to fall in love with the daughter of a cop.
Isaac’s girlfriend Sam is unpredictable, ambitious and needy. And as his final year of high school comes to an end, she makes him consider a new kind of life pursuing his interest in art, even if that means leaving behind his beloved home in the Rockies and severing all ties with his family.
this was a great book. Easy to read and quite action packed. The characters and their issues are very relatable even if the story line is maybe a bit of a stretch.
When the family home in Aleppo is destroyed by a government-led bomb strike, Walid has no choice but to take his wife and children and flee their war-torn and much loved homeland. They struggle to survive in the wretched refugee camps of Lebanon, and when Youssef becomes fatally ill as a result of the poor hygienic conditions, his father is forced to take great personal risk to save his family.
Walid’s daughter, the young Amina, a whip-smart grade-A student, tells the story. As she witnesses firsthand the harsh realities that her family must endure if they are to survive — swindling smugglers, treacherous ocean crossings, and jihadist militias — she is forced to grow up very quickly in order to help her parents and brother.
This book gives a very short, almost abrupt, version of what occurred in Syria. Some may enjoy this, I personally found it lacking. I would enjoy much more description and historical content. I found it to be very condensed, vague, choppy and jumpy.