Two Boys Kissing

Following a homophobic attack on one of their high school classmates, seventeen-year-olds Harry and Craig are two ex-boyfriends (and current best friends) on a mission: they plan to break the world record for longest recorded kiss. They get the okay to do it on the lawn of their campus, and it’s game on: they’ll haveContinue reading “Two Boys Kissing”

Lucretia and the Kroons

Lucretia (Loochie) Gardner is a young girl living in Queens. She’s just turned twelve, and all she wants is for life to go back to the way it was. Her best friend, Sunny, has been battling cancer for months now. Loochie has always been a bit of an outsider, and life without Sunny has beenContinue reading “Lucretia and the Kroons”

Audiobook Quickies: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn & The Book Thief

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn¬†by Betty Smith CD Publisher/Year:¬†Books on Tape, 2000 Narrator:¬†Bernadette Dunne Source:¬†Library What it is:¬†A coming of age novel set in turn-of-the-20th-century Brooklyn. Francie Nolan grows up in a poverty-stricken, struggling household: her beloved father is an alcoholic, and her mother clearly favors Francie’s little brother. Through all of her hardships, FrancieContinue reading “Audiobook Quickies: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn & The Book Thief”

Guantanamo Boy

In the years since September 11–and particularly at the height of President Bush’s “War on Terror”–disturbing reports have emerged about abuses in U.S. military prisons all over the world. Thousands of innocent people with no ties to terrorist organizations have been swept up and incarcerated without and legal representation. While there, many are tortured andContinue reading “Guantanamo Boy”