February 13, 2023 by Amanda MacGregor
Lizzy Mason puts it all here on the page---the grief and guilt are palpable. The despair is crushing. It's not an easy read. But it's an important one.
April 6, 2021 by Amanda MacGregor
While certainly not an easy read, this is an important one because of how it looks at the mental health and justice systems.
September 9, 2019 by Karen Jensen, MLS
What happens when you discover your whole life has been a lie and that you were raised in a cult? The Liar's Daughter is a compassionate and engaging exploration of the psychological trauma of being raised in a cult.
February 21, 2019 by Amanda MacGregor
YA author Lizzy Mason joins us to talk about self-harm, addiction, recovery, and the importance of being open about mental illnesses, especially with teens. Her debut novel, The Art of Losing, tackles these same subjects.
August 28, 2018 by Amanda MacGregor
Publisher’s description Darius doesn’t think he’ll ever be enough, in America or in Iran. Hilarious and heartbreaking, this unforgettable debut introduces a brilliant new voice in contemporary YA.Darius Kellner speaks better Klingon than Farsi, and he knows more about Hobbit social cues than Persian ones. He’s a Fractional Persian—half, his mom’s side—and his first-ever trip […]
January 9, 2018 by Amanda MacGregor
Publisher’s description It’s Kind of a Funny Story meets Daria in the darkly hilarious tale of a teen’s attempt to remake her public image and restore inner peace through reality TV. The only thing 17-year-old Jane Sinner hates more than failure is pity. After a personal crisis and her subsequent expulsion from high school, she’s going nowhere fast. Jane’s well-meaning parents push […]
January 4, 2018 by Amanda MacGregor
Publisher’s description From the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller This Is Where It Ends comes another unforgettable story of loss, hope, betrayal, and the quest for truth Best friends Corey and Kyra were inseparable in their snow-covered town of Lost Creek, Alaska. When Corey moves away, she makes Kyra promise to stay strong during the […]
September 12, 2017 by Amanda MacGregor
Publisher’s description From beloved author and illustrator Debi Gliori (No Matter What) comes Night Shift, a groundbreaking lushly illustrated picture book based on Gliori’s own personal history with depression.Fighting dragons is one way of fighting depression. This book is another. Through stunning black and white illustration and deceptively simple text, author and illustrator Debi Gliori […]
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