Shephard Summers

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SIMON vs. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA

    SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli HarperCollins (2015) 16-year old Simon is blackmailed into playing matchmaker for his classmate Martin, or else Martin will out him and his secret penpal crush to the whole school. Through the entire novel, Simon is kept guessing about who his closeted secret crush is.  As Simon chooses to share his secret with select few,…

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EVERYDAY

EVERYDAY

    EVERYDAY by David Levitan Alfred A. Knopf - Random House, 2012 "A" is genderless and 16, and caught in a 24-hour reincarnation cycle where he inhabits a different 16-year old's body every day. He's respectful, he doesn't get attached and he doesn't try to change anyone's life. But when he inhabits Justin, he falls for Justin's unappreciated girlfriend, Rhiannon. Captivated by…

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IF I TOLD YOU SO

IF I TOLD YOU SO

    IF I TOLD YOU SO by Timothy Woodward Kensington Press, 2012 Sweet summer coming-of-age. This novel captured a familiar feeling for me that I can only liken to 80's movies about East Coast summer resort towns and young hopeful love. It also reminds me of a movie called THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN, as it conjures similar feelings if not situations.…

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ONLY THING TO FEAR

THE ONLY THING TO FEAR

      THE ONLY THING TO FEAR by Caroline Tung Richmond Scholastic Press, 2014 16-year old Zara is a half Japanese/half German farmer outcast living with her Uncle Red during a future America where the Nazis have won the war. And she has a terrible secret. If anyone finds out that she shares a common thread with the anomalies that Hitler's…

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