I read a lot of everything, but lately it seems that at least half of my pile is from our Young Adult or Middle Reader sections. By happy coincidence, two very different but equally fabulous books that I just finished and loved are coming out next month — spread the word!
The Possibilities of Sainthood, by Donna Freitas, is a book that takes faith to the next level. Fifteen-year-old Antonia is determined to be the first living saint in Catholic history, and she’s got a lot to do to get there. But between working for her mother in the family market, petitioning the saints for their aid in her daily life, writing monthly letters to the Vatican, and searching out the right boy for her first kiss, she doesn’t even see the miracles happening right under her own nose. Hilarious and heartfelt, Possibilities of Sainthood takes a frank look at faith, teenage life, and their weird and magical intersection. (12 and up)
Pillage, by Obert Skye, brings magic back into the every-day world when Beck Phillips is sent to live with his strange, sequestered uncle. Beck is an average fourteen-year-old miscreant — or at least, that’s what he thinks until he stumbles upon a family secret that goes back for generations, and changes his life forever. Lots of action, lots of fun, and a hefty dose of the supernatural make this a great read for kids who still believe in dragons, and for adults who never stopped believing. (10 and up)
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