Here are more Alex-hopefuls. FULL DISCLOSURE: I haven’t read any of these, so I will reserve any opinion.
What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
A Former NASA employee, Munroe is the founder of XKCD, a very popular web comic. A few teens already have love for this in my library and I was completely smitten by this interview:
Rainey Royal by Dylan Landis
Fourteen-year-old Rainey Royal lives with her father, a jazz musician with a cultish personality, in a once-elegant, now decaying brownstone. Her mother has abandoned the family, and Rainey fends off advances from her father’s best friend while trying desperately to nurture her own creative drives and build a substitute family. She’s a rebel, even a criminal, but she’s also deeply vulnerable, fighting to figure out how to put back in place the boundaries her life has knocked down, and more than that, struggling to learn how to be an artist and a person in a broken world.
The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez
A snippet of the summary on Amazon includes this:
“A boy and a girl who fall in love. Two families whose hopes collide with destiny. An extraordinary novel that offers a resonant new definition of what it means to be American.”
Yes, this might be a reach, but with its increasing general popularity and the push for diverse books, this one might be a surprise.
Science… for Her! by Megan Amram
“Megan Amram, one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30 in Hollywood & Entertainment,” Rolling Stone’s “25 Funniest People on Twitter,” and a writer for NBC’s hit show Parks and Recreation, delivers a politically, scientifically, and anatomically incorrect “textbook” that will have women screaming with laughter, and men dying to know what the noise is about.
In the vein of faux expert books by John Hodgman and Amy Sedaris, Science…for Her! is ostensibly a book of science written by a denizen of women’s magazines. Comedy writer and Twitter sensation Megan Amram showcases her fiendish wit with a pitch-perfect attack on everything from those insanely perky tips for self-improvement to our bizarre shopaholic dating culture to the socially mandated pursuit of mind-blowing sex to the cringe-worthy secret codes of food and body issues.
Part hilarious farce, part biting gender commentary, Amram blends Cosmo and science to highlight absurdities with a machine-gun of laugh-inducing lines that leave nothing and no one unscathed. Subjects include: this Spring’s ten most glamorous ways to die; tips for hosting your own big bang; what religion is right for your body type; and the most pressing issue facing women today: kale!!!”
This one might be too sophisticated, but with her cred for Parks & Rec and her popularity on Twitter, it could get attention from teens.
Burning Down the House: The End of Juvenile Prison by Nell Bernstein
I often make the fatal mistake of trying to push books that are about teens instead books that appeal to teens. To evaluate this one for Alex, voice and tone would make or break this one.
Has anyone read these yet? I’d love to hear what you think!