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Growing up in a neighborhood full of drugs and drive-by shootings, Darius and Twig search for opportunities to improve their future. They need to get away from difficult family situations, misunderstandings, and racial slurs. Twig can run away from his problems (literally), but Darius struggles against himself. He is a writer, nearly a published one, but it's hard to figure out your character's oroblems when you can't even figure out your own. Walter Dean Myers writes fantastically, showing snippets of Darius and Twig's difficult world.
NoahandJude. Always stuck together that's how twins should be. This masterpiece is told by the two teenagers, Noah, from age 13 onwards, and Jude, from age 15. Their lives cross and weave together, the puzzle not resolving until the very last moment. This story is a beautifully written peek into two similar, but very different lives.
A girl, missing a piece of her own puzzle, a road trip gone horribly wrong, a thousand-mile journey filled with false leads and turns and mistakes, all trown together in a nostalgic, over-medicated story, softened only by a surreal film. Positively excellent.
Not much happens in Hard Pan, California, population 43. Dust storms, rattlesnakes, and cholla burrs are the only things that spice up daily life in the desert. Lucky is fairly content, living with her French guardian Brigitte and her dog, HMS Beagle. But when Lucky convinces herself that Bridgitte is planning on returning to France, things take a turn for the worse. Then, a dust storm blows along, and with it come memories and a whole lot of trouble.
Doug Swieteck was perfectly happy living in New York City. Well, not perfectly happy, but close enough. However, when Doug's father loses his job, and they move to The Dump, in upstate New York, things start lookin kind of bleary. Doug's brother is accused of breaking into one of the eight stores in "stupid Marysville". Then, Doug finds the library, and John James Audubon's Birds of America, sitting on the second floor. Then, sitting on the library's front steps, he meets Lil Spier, the girl whose burps cause the birds to fly from the trees, and who can chug and ice-cold coke without it coming out her nose. Soon after that, he meets Mrs. Windermere, who more often than not has the god of creativity sitting on her desk, next to her typewriter. This heartwarming story is set in 1968, and is sure to bring a smile to your face.