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POSTED: “Sticky notes were the weapons and words were the ammunition.”

by David Anderson, author of Ms. Bixby’s Last Day

Lexile 750L; recommended for ages 8 to 12

Summer 2017 Kids’ Indies Next List, Top 10

This will resonate..

Cell phones are banned at Branton Middle School.  One could say that things had gotten out of hand.

Inexcusable“, the teacher had said regarding a certain post.

The students,  masterful at getting around things, devise a  plan to connect and paper “text”, which you’ve already guessed by the state of the locker above.  In all fairness, the idea was started by Frost and his friends, Deedee, Wolf, and Bench. The posts get personal, mean and vicious, and matters intensify all round.

The novel covers a lot of what goes on in a Middle School, about the hard stuff at home and on school turf.  It’s about finding “your people” and then trying to keep it all together.  It’s about a newcomer, Rose,  who threatens to derail  life itself, and it’s about words going viral.  Events escalate and the pressure mounts on every front.

This is a great read and like all great reads, teaches something important.





The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B


The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten

Young Adult

285 pgs.

Adam meets Robyn at a support group for kids with obsessive compulsive disorder. And BAM!.. “within the space of a heartbeat, he was lost.”  Things get problematic which is no surprise when you consider  a super anxious teen trying to cope with everything this complicated generation has to throw at youth: divorce, a mom who is a frenetic and obsessive collector of stuff, sibling worries, and his own OCD problems.  Love, of course, is complicated too.

This was a great book and beautifully told, often funny, but infinitely sad as well.  Teresa Toten understands the issues for sure, and she writes with compassion and humor.

In an interview with Teresa Toten, an accomplished writer of several YA books, she was asked where she got the idea  for this book.

Her words:

“This book has been in my head for years. I watched so many of the young adults who were in or near my life struggle with OCD and debilitating anxiety. Their courage was both breathtaking and fascinating. I became haunted by the question of what it would be like to be them, to cope and carry on in the world with this invisible burden.”

Toten does not write to be a fixer, but rather as she says,  “All of us have experienced, to varying degrees, moments of debilitating anxiety and depression, and even obsessive thoughts. That is part of being human, and it is certainly a hallmark of being a young adult. To me, The Unlikely Hero is about first love, making friends and struggling with yourself. If my readers have done any of that, hopefully they’ll feel just a little less alone when they pick up the book.”

Visit her at teresatoten@TTotenAuthor.