Big Blue Marble Bookstore Young Adult Newsletter April 8, 2016
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Contents and comments:

1) It's the Tenth Mt. Airy Kids' Literary Festival, and it's already underway!  Check out the schedule summary below for Middle Grade Series, the QUILTBAG books YA author panel, and an all-ages party in honor of Beverly Cleary's 100th birthday!  Also, book party tonight in honor of Autism Awareness Month.

2) Well, we're doing this thing.  Second-to-last discussion will be April 28, discussing Fat Angie, which I haven't read myself yet and which has come highly recommended by my spouse.  For May, please help me wrap up the series with a discussion of any and all YA books!  Ones you've read, ones you haven't read, ones that don't exist yet... 

My current plan for after May is to continue the newsletters, with news, reviews, and recommendations.  See below for a timely recommendation for National Poetry Month!

3) Reminder: the Queer Literary Society book club is featuring a YA novel!  Come on Wednesday, April 13, to talk about Sara Farizan's book Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel

Happy flowering plants!  And stay warm in the snow/rain/snow!  
See you soon, 
Thursday, April 28, 2016
7:00 pm
Fat Angie
by e. E. Charlton-Trujillo

RSVP on Facebook, if you wish

Fat Angie cover
Her sister was captured in Iraq, she's the resident laughingstock at school, and her therapist tells her to count instead of eat. Can a daring new girl in her life really change anything?
Angie is broken by her can't-be-bothered mother, by her high-school tormenters, and by being the only one who thinks her varsity-athlete-turned-war-hero sister is still alive. Hiding under a mountain of junk food hasn't kept the pain (or the shouts of "crazy mad cow ") away. Having failed to kill herself in front of a gym full of kids she's back at high school just trying to make it through each day. That is, until the arrival of KC Romance, the kind of girl who doesn't exist in Dryfalls, Ohio. A girl who is one hundred and ninety-nine percent wow. A girl who never sees her as Fat Angie, and who knows too well that the package doesn't always match what's inside. With an offbeat sensibility, mean girls to rival a horror classic, and characters both outrageous and touching, this darkly comic anti-romantic romance will appeal to anyone who likes entertaining and meaningful fiction.
- from
Mt. Airy Kids' Literary Festival
April 7-10, 2016

- Full festival schedule on our website.
- Festival blog post with more links!

Festival summary:
04/08, 6pm
Family Book Party in Honor of Autism Awareness Month (all ages)


04/09, 10am
Beloved Book
Characters Tea Party!
(ages 2+)

04/09, 1pm
All Kids Love STEM with author Laurie Wallmark leading science activities based on her book about Ada Byron Lovelace.
(ages 6-12)

04/09, 3pm
Great New Series Books with authors Sarah L. Thomson and Amy Ignatow and staffer Jane Easley
(ages 8-12)

04/09, 6pm
100th Birthday Party for Beverly Cleary!
(all ages)


04/10, 11am
Great Lives, Great Picture Books, with E.B. Lewis, Susanna Reich, and Gary Golio
(ages 6+)

04/10, 1pm
Exploring the World with Books, featuring Terry Catasús Jennings, Jeanne Pettenati, and Ellen Marcus
(ages 5+)

04/10, 3pm
QUILTBAG books: YA Author Panel with I.W. Gregorio, Randy Ribay, and Cordelia Jensen

Thursday, May 19, 2016
7:00 pm

stack of YA books from Heidi Ayarbe's blog A gathering to talk about your favorite YA books, books you've read in the past, and books you hope to read in the future! If you've been coming to the book club, are there books or discussions that have surprised you? Impressed you?  Please come join me in our final gathering, and let me know what you are reading.
April is National Poetry Month!

Hidden cover Hurray for National Poetry Month and YA verse novels!
Here's a list of 100 Must-Read YA Books in Verse from BookRiot.  The list perforce contains Skyscraping, by our own writer-in-residence Cordelia Jensen (reading this Sunday at 3!), plus lots and lots of other excellent offerings. I've read about six of them, all powerful in different ways, and several are on my to-read list.

Hidden by Helen Frost

I keep reading and rereading this book.  Hidden, told in alternating point-of view sections, and multiple poetic forms (including a hidden one), is the story of two kids who nearly meet during an accidental kidnapping and then are thrown together again at a summer camp six years later.

Eight-year-old Wren is waiting in her mother's car when Darra's father jumps in and drives off.  She winds up hiding in the family's garage until the next day, while Darra's parents argue over the news reports about her and Darra puts sandwiches out with the cat food.  And then Wren gets herself free.

For years, Darra has been wondering who else knew Wren was in the garage, and who let her out.  And Wren has been wondering what happened after she escaped, and what it was like for Darra to have her father go to jail.

And then they meet, at the summer camp that Wren has gone to for years, and that Darra's grandmother attended many years before.  At first, they do their best to avoid each other, and to pretend ignorance in front of others, but they spend more and more time together, and eventually the old trauma and the unanswered questions pull themselves unavoidably to the surface.

Big Blue Young Adult Book Discussion

For adults who read YA and teens who like to talk about books  


Upcoming books:

April 28: Fat Angie by e. E. Charlton-Trujillo

May 19 (third Thursday): Read ALL THE BOOKS. 


Please join us on the fourth Thursday of the month (with some exceptions) for the Big Blue Young Adult Book Discussion, led by Jen Sheffield.  The young adult genre refers to the books under discussion; readers of all ages are welcome.  The books do not have to be big or blue, though that's always nice.

You can purchase the current month's and next month's selections at a 10% discount!

For a list of past selections, check out the Book Clubs page on the Big Blue Marble website.