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How would you feel about knowing how long you had to live?

Jem has a talent. She sees numbers when she looks at people. The numbers are the exact date of their deaths. She retreats into a loner existence. Then she meets Spider who is so attracted to her and breaks through her isolation. But Spider is trouble…in school, on the streets. Despite their shared problems, they go to London together and Jem’s terror grows as she sees TODAY as the death date of lots of the people surrounding her. They run, and the authorities now want to question the two teens running away from the Eye. It is just a matter of time for these two kids. I could not put it down. The ending will blow readers away.

American readers will get a glimpse of British life of fringe citizens, who face prejudice and poverty.

ENDERS’ Rating: *****

As Chris left our high school he handed me the galley of AM. (Page numbered? Whew, we are good!) Enter a new anger management therapist, Nak, a Japanese cowboy therapist who has seen far too many teenagers suffer from AM, the name of his counseling sessions dedicated to a young man who always called the sessions Angry rather than Anger.

To begin each novella, Nak writes therapy notes on the young adults: Sarah Brynes and Angus Bethune, Montana West, Matt Miller and Marcus James. And then, let the emotion, the anger, the pathos, the epiphany begin!

As I read I said, “Oh, this is my favorite,” three times. Chris’ writing has never been better: eloquently sparse and band-aid-yanking raw. Love? It’s here. Prejudice? Oh yes. Hypocrisy? On open display. Strength? An upper-cut worth.

If you are a YA librarian, just save yourself some time and buy multiple copies. If you have been under a rock and are not a Crutcher fan yet, get your copy pre-ordered now!

ENDERS Rating: Beyond loving these haunting stories!

Chris Crutcher’s Website

The Fold by An Na

Posted: December 21, 2008 in body image, plastic surgery, prejudice

Junior Joyce Park and friend Gina are facing the summer before senior year, and Joyce has one wish: to have John Ford Kang to sign her yearbook on the last day of school. The fiasco of that experience seems to be a prelude for her summer. Her beautiful sister, Helen, will remain the center of attention in the family and with young men. Helen will also commandeer the family car for the entire summer. Helen will have to work at the family restaurant eternally if her parents do not hire a new waitress soon. The summer prospects change with the controlling matriarch of the family, Aunt Gomo, shows up to announce that she has won a large sum of money in a lottery and that she is giving each of them fabulous gifts. To their mother, eyebrow tattoos; to the father a new suit and shoes with lifts; to Helen, arranged courtships; to Andy, shark oil to gain height; and to Joyce, an appointment for eyelid surgery to create Caucasian “folds.” Joyce discovers the importance of true friends, family support and internal happiness. As a student reviewer says, ” Even if you don’t like your looks, it’s the inside that matters.”

ENDERS Rating: Enlightening to someone with folds.

An Na’s Website