New Books for Girls

A World Away by Nancy Grossman

Reading Level:  Ages 12 and up

Sixteen-year-old Eliza Miller has reached the age for Amish teenagers to experience "rumspringa", their wild time, when they must decide whether or not to committ to the Amish way of life.  Eliza yearns to spend the summer with  the "English" and learn about the modern world.  When she is offered the opportunity to be a nanny in the Chicago area it's everything she could wish for, including a romance with a Yankee boy.  This is a wonderful look at a unique culture, and yet in many ways, Eliza is just like anyone else trying to find their path in life.

Nancy Grossman is a Highland Park author. 

 

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The Pregnancy Project: A Memoir by Gaby Rodriguez with Jenna Glatzer

Reading Level: Grades 7 and up

Gaby's mother became pregnant with her first child at 14. All of Gaby's seven older brothers and sisters became teen parents as well, but Gaby, who was an unplanned, post-divorce child, is determined to not follow in her family's footsteps. When she needed to design her senior year research project she wondered, how would people react if a hardworking, determined student with a planned out future DID become a teen mother? Thus begins a six month long faked teen pregnancy and social experiment.

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Last Airlift: A Vietnamese Orphan's Rescue from War by Marsha Forechuk Skrypuch

Reading Level:  Grades  3-6

This is the true story of Tuyet,  an eight -year- old orphan who didn't remember her life before the Saigon orphanage.  There were the scars that she thought might have been from the war that still raged on, but she couldn't remember  When Saigon fell, she was one of 57 babies and children evacuated to Canada during "Operation Babylift." 

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Novels about war orphans:

Betti on the Highwire by Lisa Railsback

Dogtag Summer by Elizabeth Partridge

Mister Death's Blue-Eyed Girls by Mary Downing Hahn

Reading Level: Ages 12 and up

Combining murder mystery, historical fiction, and a coming-of-age story, this chilling book is base on real life events in the author's past.  The time is 1956 and Nora anticipates spending a the summer  before her senior year with her group of friends.  But two of her friends are shot to death on their way to the last day of school.  Everyone but Nora is sure that the murderer is a jealous ex-boyfriend. Told from a number of perspectives, the story examines the effect this horrible event had on so many lives.

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Another story of a shooting is

Give a Boy a Gun by Todd Strasser

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