New Young Adult Books for Winter Reading
The World That We Knew: A Novel By Alice Hoffman (Simon & Schuster)
It’s 1941 Berlin, and Hanni Kohn knows she must send her young daughter, Lea, to stay with a well-known rabbi to keep her safe from the Nazis. The 12-year-old quickly bonds with the rabbi’s daughter, Ettie, and a creature named Ava that Ettie has created to protect Lea. Together, Lea and Ava travel across Europe where Lea gets to live out the life she always dreamed of. Meanwhile, the rabbi’s daughter longs to become the warrior she’s always dreamed of becoming. The World That We Knew is all about sacrifice, the strength of two young women and the love they find along the way.
The Nine: A Novel By Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg (She Writes Press)
Hannah Webber’s entire life revolves around her son, Sam, whom she has raised with tremendous devotion, She is thrilled when, at 14, he gets accepted into an elite boarding school in New England—and he, in turn, is happy to be away from his overbearing mother. But when Sam sees evidence of misconduct on campus, he takes action that ultimately affects his relationship with his mother in this coming-of-age novel.
No Entry By Gila Green (Stormbird Press)
After losing her brother in a terrorist attack, Yael, a 17-year-old Canadian looks for healing and purpose. She finds both in an elephant conservation program in the beautiful Kruger National Park in South Africa. There she also makes new friendships as well as reunites with her boyfriend. But her world is turned upside down when she makes a shocking discover during a safari. The suspense grows when Yael understands that she must not reveal what she knows to keep herself, others and her new haven safe.
That’s Mental: Painfully Funny Things That Drive Me Crazy About Being Mentally Ill By Amanda Rosenberg (Turner)
In this debut book, Rosenberg divulges what it’s like to live with a mental illness. Filled with both hilarious and raw moments, the Chinese-British comedy writer uncovers the frustrations and misconceptions of being bipolar. From the everyday struggles to the perceptions of people unfamiliar with mental illness, this nonfiction read opens up the conversation about how important it is to accept and respect the differences of those around you. This enlightening new read is the perfect book for anyone facing their own struggles in life.
Life’s Accessories: A Memoir (and Fashion Guide) By Rachel Levy Lesser (She Writes Press)
Life’s Accessories recounts in 14 inspirational essays the difficulties Rachel Levy Lesser has experienced in her life. Filled with advice, this memoir reads like a conversation you’d have with a trusted friend. Lesser, a stylist, also offers fashion advice. After a lifetime of countless ups and downs, Lesser is able to impart lessons she learned about love, loss and success.
Little Weirds By Jenny Slate (Little, Brown and Company)
Actress and comedian Jenny Slate’s powerful debut is comprised of quirky and interesting stories of magical realism. It is an ode to strange yet joyful parts of life, as Slate explores her life with a kind of honesty reader can relate to. Read Little Weirds, if you’re looking for a book that makes you look at life through a different lens.
The Last Train to London: A Novel By Meg Waite Clayton (Harper)
Stephan Neuman, a Jewish boy, and his best friend Zofie-Helene, who is Christian, are only 15 when the Nazis takes control of Germany. Their carefree lives become a quest to stay alive. But what Stephan and Zofie-Helene don’t know is that a member of the Dutch resistance known as Tante Truus is hellbent on smuggling children to safety—including Stephan, his younger brother, Walter, and Zofie-Helene. Clayton has written a touching novel.