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Someday

1 Sep

For me, Someday comes on Tuesday, when students arrive for a new school year. For Amelia Linehan, the protagonist of The Arrival of Someday by Jen Malone, Someday is the day she gets a liver transplant.

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Publisher’s Summary: Hard-charging and irrepressible, eighteen-year-old Amelia Linehan could see a roller derby opponent a mile away—and that’s while crouched down, bent over skates, and zooming around a track at the speed of light.

What she couldn’t see coming, however, was the flare-up of the rare liver disorder she was born with. But now it’s the only thing she—and everyone around her—can think about.

With no guarantee of a viable organ transplant, everything Amelia’s been sure of—like college plans or the possibility of one day falling in love—has become a huge question mark, threatening to drag her down into a sea of what-ifs she’s desperate to avoid.

Then a friend from the past shows up. With Will, it’s easy to forget about what’s lurking between the lightness of their time together. She feels alive when all signs point elsewhere.

But with the odds decidedly not in her favor, Amelia knows this feeling can’t last forever. After all, what can?

Narrated from Amelia’s POV – she likes to go by Lia – we get a unique perspective on the issue of needing a transplant, and what it is like to be on the receiving end of people’s good intentions.Yes, it is an issue book, but the story is very compelling and there is a smidge of romance and ROLLER DERBY!

In er author’s note at the end, Jen Malone talks about the importance of organ donation and the fact that she included names of donors and people she knows who have supported and raised awareness of organ donation.

Be sure you have a hanky handy; there are some tear-jerker moments when you will really want one.

A book worth sharing

6 Apr

Sometimes, when I’m reading a book, I think “I have GOT to share this book with _______!!!” It happened again today as I was reading Roller Girl  by Victoria Jamieson.

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I have a girl in my 4th grade class who is going to LOVE this graphic novel. In fact, I am bringing my library book to school today to share it with her, that is how confident I feel.

It is the story of Astrid, a young girl during the summer before middle school, when she faces the scary prospect of losing her best friend as they develop divergent interests. Astrid’s new interest is Roller Derby and we see her join a summer roller derby camp for girls.

The story rang true for me. Astrid is a very real girl. She makes mistakes, wants to quit , messes up. But she also learns from her mistake, takes risks and challenges herself. This is a girl power graphic novel and, even if you don;t feel called to join a roller derby team, you will learn some really great life lessons and have a great time reading this book. To top it all off, it is set in Portland, OR!  What could be better than that?

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