Paco Jones is a half-Mexican kid, newly transferred to a private school where he’s called ‘Taco’ and ridiculed daily. So when he falls for Naomi, a beautiful classmate, what hope is there? Through dumb luck and some clever moves, Paco soon finds himself center stage amidst a middle school mess.
The Improbable Rise of Paco Jones is for readers who enjoy coming-of-age novels where the outcast rises up against all odds. Biracial teens should especially identify with this book. Carrillo even dedicates the book to them: “To the bicultural or biracial kids out there who have gone through the pain and confusion—along with the curiosity and beauty—of navigating the world and their identities without ever fitting neatly into one category.” In truth, all teens, no matter what their identity may be, will find valuable lessons in Carrillo’s charming little novel.
Facing a hopeless future, Sarah Orange leaves the Earth for The Oberon, the last place in the universe a settler can find the American dream alive and well. With her life spinning out of control from drug addiction, Sarah must survive a terrorist threat slowly destroying her new homeland.
An heirloom quiche recipe and baking rivalry turn up the heat in northern Rhode Island’s French-Canadian mill town of Beauchemins, rife with secrets and scandals, fractured friendships, dysfunctional families, romantic rifts, misdeeds and mishaps.
An attack on a dark street. Threatening messages. A mysterious black dog with soulful eyes. Melanie Johnson just wants a normal life, but nothing will ever be normal again.
A generally well-written YA supernatural romance with a pleasantly imperfect heroine. Zippy plot toward the end.
Ed Earl Burch is an ex-Dallas homicide detective tormented by memories of a dead partner and a killer snuffed before Burch could track him down. He’s a burnout, living drink by drink. Then Carla Sue Cantrell points a Colt 1911 at him and says the killer is still alive.
The first book in the Ed Earl Burch series, The Last Second Chance isn’t for everyone. Audiences who get a thrill out of Quentin Tarentino’s flicks will no doubt find Nesbitt’s plot captivating from beginning to end.
Claudia’s ready to take a chance on love, but everything about Toby contradicts her family’s traditions and values. Toby has the girl he’s long dreamed finally within his reach. But one last secret hides in the dark corner of his past. The one that could undermine it all.
Although the first half was slow, it all makes up for the heart-wrenching second half of the novel. This is a great read for those looking for a light read packed with enough emotions.