Thursday, June 25, 2015

YA BOOK HIGHLIGHT: Show And Prove by Sophia Quintero & No Such Person by Caroline B. Cooney

SHOW AND PROVE by Sofia Quintero
A heartrending coming-of-age story about two boys finding their way in the South Bronx in the mid-1980s.
Show and Prove

“The story is powerful and thought-provoking, an homage to a climactic hip-hop era, when friends are caught between aspirations and predetermined social disadvantages. A must-read for fans of Walter Dean Myer’s All the Right Stuff and other lovers of proud urban realism.” —Kirkus Reviews

SHOW AND PROVE (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers | On sale July 14, 2015 | Ages 12 and up | $17.99) by Sofia Quintero set in the South Bronx in the 1980s, when this neighborhood was the poster child for hip-hop, urban blight, and the AIDS epidemic. SHOW AND PROVE is the perfect introduction to a critical time in the urban landscape, while critically acclaimed Quintero’s storytelling is accessible and compelling.
Summer for Raymond “Smiles” King is not off to a good start. He’s supposed to be the assistant crew chief at his summer camp, but when the director chooses Cookie Camacho instead, a summer-long rivalry begins. Meanwhile, Smiles’s best friend, the aspiring b-boy Guillermo “Nike” Vega, has set his wandering eye on Sara, the sweet yet sassy new camp counselor. It may be the summer of Reaganomics, the twin epidemics of crack and AIDS, war in the Middle East, and urban blight, but it’s also the summer when hip-hop proved its staying power without losing its innocence, something that Smiles and Nike struggle to do.
With wit and charm, Sofia Quintero tackles a variety of challenging topics from modern-day history while simultaneously demonstrating the difficulty to hold on to innocence in complex circumstances.
SOFIA QUINTERO is a writer, activist, educator, speaker, and comedienne. She is also the author of Efrain’s Secret and has written several hip-hop novels under the pen name Black Artemis. This self-proclaimed “Ivy League homegirl” graduated from Columbia University and lives in the Bronx. Visit her online at and on Twitter at @sofiaquintero.
by Sofia Quintero
An Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers hardcover
On sale July 14, 2015 | Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 978-0-375-84707-3 | $17.99 | $20.99 Can. | 352 pages
Ebook: 978-0-375-89777-1| $10.99 | Hardcover Library Binding: 978-0-375-94707-0 | $20.99 | $24.99 Can.
NO SUCH PERSON by Caroline B. Cooney
A riveting thriller that will keep readers in suspense until the shocking conclusion
 No Such Person

“Cooney’s knack for distinctive characterizations grounds the story firmly in the familiar world, while the third-person narration strikes an enticing balance between intimacy and cool detachment.” Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“Veteran author Cooney has written another cleverly plotted novel rooted in suspense—suspense that only escalates as more facts are revealed about the case. . . . Mystery fans will be delighted by Cooney’s latest.” Booklist
No one writes suspense like Cooney. . . . Haunting, harrowing, and hard to put down.” Kirkus Reviews

From the author of the multimillion-copy bestseller The Face on the Milk Carton comes the riveting thriller NO SUCH PERSON (Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers| On sale July 14, 2015 | Ages 12 and up) by Caroline B. Cooney. Set against the backdrop of a bucolic summer town on the Connecticut River, NO SUCH PERSON will have readers guessing until the very last page, as a seemingly innocent sibling rivalry and newfound young love turn into something much more devastating than anyone could ever have imagined.
Miranda and Lander Allerdon are sisters. Miranda is younger, a dreamer, and floating her way through life. Lander is older, focused, and determined to succeed. As the girls and their parents begin another summer at their cottage on the Connecticut River, Miranda and Lander’s sibling rivalry is in high gear. Lander plans to start medical school in the fall, and Miranda feels cast in her shadow. When the Allerdons become entangled in an unimaginable tragedy, the playing field is suddenly leveled. As facts are revealed, the significance of what has happened weighs heavily on all. How can the family prepare for what the future may hold?
NO SUCH PERSON is a killer of a mystery: With unpredictable twists and turns, lyrical prose, and an unforgettable ending, bestselling, award-winning, and critically acclaimed author Caroline B. Cooney has outdone herself.
CAROLINE B. COONEY is the author of the Janie series, which includes the bestselling The Face on the Milk Carton. She has also written Code Orange and Diamonds in the Shadow, as well as hundreds of other mystery and thriller novels.
by Caroline B. Cooney
A Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers hardcover
On sale July 14, 2015 | Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 978-0-385-74291-7 | $17.99 | $20.99 Can. | 256 pages
Ebook: 978-0-307-97952-0 | $10.99 | Hardcover Library Binding: 978-0-375-99084-7 | $20.99 | $24.99 Can.

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