This monthly column, by our own Sara Marks, will feature new books that librarians and book bloggers are talking about.
I’m a little biased this month. I have a connection to both books I’m going to share with you, but it’s my column and I do what I want. One of my favorite things about being a writer and librarian is that it allows me to connect with other writers and librarians and writer librarians.
My first pick for March is P.S. I Miss You by Jen Petro-Roy (coming out on March 6). Jen and I have been friends for years. This book is for middle grade readers- that means older elementary school, middle school, and lower high school students. It deals with teenage pregnancy, sexual identities, and communication. It’s written in letters (epistolary). I love the book and might have used a whole package of tissues as I read the book. I’m even tearing up now as I write this.
Here’s the blurb:
Eleven-year-old Evie is heartbroken when her strict Catholic parents send her pregnant sister away to stay with a distant great-aunt. All Evie wants is for her older sister to come back. But when her parents forbid her to even speak to Cilla, she starts sending letters. Evie writes letters about her family, torn apart and hurting. She writes about her life, empty without Cilla. And she writes about the new girl in school, June, who becomes her friend, and then maybe more than a friend.
As she becomes better friends with June, Evie begins to question her sexual orientation. She can only imagine what might happen if her parents found out who she really is. She could really use some advice from Cilla. But Cilla isn’t writing back.
My second pick, The Lost Door (already released on Kindle), is another book I have a connection to. Long story short, before my first publisher closed a month before publishing my book, I paid a lot of attention to the other authors I thought I was being published with. One was Steen Jones who has just released her second book, a sequel to the one published last year. The series, which begins with The Door Keeper and continues with The Lost Door, imagines different worlds connected through doors. Each world has their own Door Keepers who protect it. It was an exciting read. I have only just started The Lost Door, so no spoilers! This is an adult fantasy series, but young adults will enjoy it.
Here’s the blurb:
It’s been over seven years since Eden learned the truth about where she came from and that her mother was a Door Keeper from another world. Eden’s own daughter, Gabby, is about to turn 18 and learn the story herself, and about the predestined future that lay ahead of her. As fate would have it, the worlds intervene before Eden can tell her daughter the truth, throwing the family into complete and utter chaos. Gabby must find the strength to save her Mom while grappling with unbelievable realizations about herself, her family, and what it all means for her future.
This anticipated sequel to the portal fantasy, The Door Keeper, introduces interesting new characters, opens two new doors into unique and magical worlds, where our heroines must face the harsh elements and mythical creatures long thought extinct. The Lost Door explores the circle of mother/daughter legacy, the unbreakable bond of family, and the sometimes inescapable repetition of the past.
Want more? Check out Sara’s blog, Book Club of 1, where she talks about her own experiences as writer and sometimes suggests books to her readers. Her column will be featured on the first Wednesday of each month. Want to see more books suggested by librarians, check out Library Reads.