The Sky Is Everywhere

Adrift after her sister Bailey's sudden death, Lennie finds herself torn between quiet, seductive Toby—Bailey's boyfriend who shares her grief—and Joe, the new boy in town who bursts with life and musical genius. Each offers Lennie something she desperately needs... though she knows if the two of them collide her whole world will explode. Join Lennie on this heartbreaking and hilarious journey of profound sorrow and mad love, as she makes colossal mistakes and colossal discoveries, as she traipses through band rooms and forest bedrooms and ultimately right into your heart. As much a celebration of love as a poignant portrait of loss, Lennie's struggle to sort her own melody out of the noise around her is always honest, often uproarious, and absolutely unforgettable.
Views: 2 966

Girl Online

I had no idea GirlOnline would take off the way it has - I can't believe I now have 5432 followers, thanks so much! - and the thought of opening up to you all about this is terrifying, but here goes... Penny has a secret. Under the alias GirlOnline, she blogs about school dramas, boys, her mad, whirlwind family - and the panic attacks she's suffered from lately. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets the gorgeous, guitar-strumming Noah. Suddenly Penny is falling in love - and capturing every moment of it on her blog. But Noah has a secret too. One that threatens to ruin Penny's cover - and her closest friendship - forever.
Views: 1 062

Selection Day

Manju is fourteen. He knows he is good at cricket -- if not as good as his elder brother Radha. He knows that he fears and resents his domineering and cricket-obsessed father, admires his brilliantly talented brother and is fascinated by CSI and curious and interesting scientific facts. But there are many things, about himself and about the world, that he doesn't know . . . Everyone around him, it seems, has a clear idea of who Manju should be, except Manju himself. But when Manju begins to get to know Radha's great rival, a boy as privileged and confident as Manju is not, everything in Manju's world begins to change and he is faced by decisions that will challenge both his sense of self and of the world around him. As sensitively observed as The White Tiger -- Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2008 -- was brilliantly furious, Selection Day reveals another facet of Aravind Adiga's remarkable talent.
Views: 969

Between the Assassinations

In his compelling new work of fiction, Aravind Adiga has imagined the small Indian city of Kittur, an everytown nestling on the coast south of Goa and north of Calicut. Through the myriad and distinctive voices of its inhabitants, an entire Indian world comes vividly and unforgettably to life. From a middle-aged Communist to an Islamic terrorist; from the young children of a Tamil building-site worker to a privileged and alienated schoolboy; from an idealistic journalist to a Brahmin housemaid, Adiga has produced a microcosm of Indian life in the 80s, the years between the assassinations of Indira Gandhi and her son Rajiv. Muslim, Christian and Hindu, high-caste and low-caste, rich and poor: all of Indian life - the 'sorrowful parade of humanity' - is here. Journeying through Kittur's streets and schoolyards, bedrooms and businesses, its inner workings and outer limits, Adiga conjures a remarkable fictional landscape. Sizzling with acid observations, and textured with wicked humour and gentle humanity, Between the Assassinations is a triumph of voice and imagination.
Views: 948

Whiteboard

A year in the lives of Simone Kim, her boyfriend Caleb Cross, and Caleb’s genderfluid sibling Kelby.Simone Kim is less than thrilled when her boyfriend Caleb invites his genderfluid younger sibling to move in with them—but hey, it’s not like she can un-invite the kid, so might as well make the best of it! Together, they spend the next year learning, loving, fighting, forgiving (or not), and figuring out how to be family.
Views: 944

Last Man in Tower

A tale of one man refusing to leave his home in the face of property development. Tower A is a relic from a co-operative housing society established in the 1950s. When a property developer offers to buy out the residents for eye-watering sums, the principled yet arrogant teacher is the only one to refuse the offer, determined not to surrender his sentimental attachment to his home and his right to live in it, in the name of greed. His neighbours gradually relinquish any similar qualms they might have and, in a typically blunt satirical premise take matters into their own hands, determined to seize their slice of the new Mumbai as it transforms from stinky slum to silvery skyscrapers at dizzying, almost gravity-defying speed.
Views: 916

Boyfriends With Girlfriends

Lance has always known he was gay, but he's never had a real boyfriend. Sergio is bisexual, but his only real relationship was with a girl. When the two of them meet, they have an instant connection--but will it be enough to overcome their differences? Allie's been in a relationship with a guy for the last two years--but when she meets Kimiko, she can't get her out of her mind. Does this mean she's gay? Does it mean she's bi? Kimiko, falling hard for Allie, and finding it impossible to believe that a gorgeous girl like Allie would be into her, is willing to stick around and help Allie figure it out. Boyfriends with Girlfriends is Alex Sanchez at his best, writing with a sensitive hand to portray four very real teens striving to find their places in the world--and with each other.
Views: 908

Dead Boy Walking

when iraqi teenager ali al-amin’s parents are killed by a terrorist bomb, he is recruited by arab intelligence as the 'lone wolf', a teenage spy defending the arab-islamic world from al-qaeda and isis. in this first book, ali is sent to syria, turned into a human bomb, a dead boy walking, and sent to kill the jordanian crown prince with two litres of sarin and just three days to save the world.when 15 year old ali al-amin’s parents are killed by an al-qaeda bomb in baghdad, he is recruited by arab intelligence to spy on a syrian school for suicide-bombers. there ali is turned into a human bomb, a dead boy walking, and sent to blow up a wedding reception as prelude to the most dreadful terror-attack ever devised, the release of two litres of sarin from saddam hussein’s missing wmd stockpile into the audience at the jerash arts festival in jordan. with 3 days to stop the plot, ali must grow up fast and face his destiny as the lone wolf defending islam from the extremists who would destroy it.for readers 15+ who enjoy action thrillers, this spy series for young adults and adults sits somewhere between alex rider, james bond and homeland.
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Drought

New Mexican teenager Carly Vazquez takes a walk with her dead best friend, who sacrificed herself to thwart Carly’s suicide attempt.When Carly Vazquez purposely stepped into the path of a speeding truck, she never expected anyone, let alone her acerbic friend Gina, to sacrifice themselves to save her. Now, seven months later, Gina seems to have returned, reintegrating herself into Carly’s life as though nothing happened. But how long can it last?
Views: 858

Grum!

While exploring an abandoned, broken down factory, two girls stumble across a mysterious package that reads, "Grum, do not open-not ready for sale." Curiosity soon prevails (as it often does) and soon... grown ups who act like children, giant slugs, magical desert restaurants, and many other amazing adventures unravel. One reviewer- " It's like Chalie, Coroline, and Wimpy Kid all rolled into one!"Grum is a chapter book for grades 3-6. It is a story of two girls who discover magical bubble gum. The gum takes them on a series of magical and hilarious mishaps, such as sleeping with slugs, a magic pizzaria in the middle of the desert, a troll who needs help fixing his bridge. Children love this book.One reader commented about her favorite part of this book, "It is as adventurous as "Coraline", as delicious as "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", and funnier than "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" Enjoy!
Views: 803

The Varieties of Erotic Experience

The Varieties of Erotic Experience blends the sacred, the profane, the urbane and the humane into a tangy literary cocktail.In an American city of old churches and ambitious pagans, death comes calling for an elderly woman -- a bit ahead of schedule. God takes a meeting or two, and the eternal questions arise. A funeral becomes a party, a son inherits a home with an uninvited guest, an iron lady is in the house, and they need more burgers down on the Weber grill.[Author's note: this small work emerged from an early version of the novel that became "The Bad American." This e-version restores considerable material that was excised from the print version published in February 2013.]
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Out: A Schoolboy's Tale

When 15 year old Jonathan Peters falls in love for the first time, it is as unwelcome as it is unexpected because he falls in love with another boy. As his love deepens, his internal struggle with being homosexual spills into the open, impacting on his relationships with family, friends and teachers, who must all adjust their ambitions for him and the way they relate to himOut: A Schoolboy’s TaleWhen 15 year old Jonathan Peters falls in love for the first time, it is as unwelcome as it is unexpected because he falls in love with another boy. As his love deepens, his internal struggle with being homosexual spills into the open, impacting on his relationships with family, friends and teachers, who must all adjust their ambitions for him and the way they relate to him.
Views: 767

Unfamous

When celebrity sidekick Stacey Blyth gets her memoirs serialised, everyone’s intrigued. The scrawny blonde says she's the heir to an immense oil fortune - but a sceptical tabloid hack who thought she was Stacey’s biographer remains sceptical. Her remembrances of their time together, spent piecing together Ms Blyth’s murky past, don’t exactly tally with the excerpts in the papers...When celebrity sidekick Stacey Blyth gets her memoirs serialised, everyone’s intrigued – what’s so special about this scrawny blonde? The answer: she’s the heir to an immense oil fortune. Or so she says... A tabloid hack who befriended her on the showbiz circuit is sceptical – she thought she was Stacey’s biographer, and her remembrances of their time together, piecing together Ms Blyth’s murky past, don’t exactly tally with the excerpts in the papers. So is Stacey Blyth really the richest girl in the world, or an absolute fabulist?
Views: 755

Life Begins At Forty

Nikolai Nikolayevich celebrates his 40th birthday and reflects on a life of mild disappointment in the fog of a Volgograd night as the certainties of Soviet Communism dissolve into the chaos of the free market. Published free, download it while you can.The first in a series of linked short stories, 'Life Begins at Forty' introduces the Ribakov family of Volgograd. As the Russian economy, society and everything they have ever known disintegrate around them, father Nikolai, mother Nina and teenage son Ivan struggle to retain their dignity and integrity whilst coming to terms with the new reality of post-Communist 1990s Russia. These stories deal with the corrosiveness of bribery, corruption, disillusionment and despair, and the hope that comes from love and family that motivates the characters to carry on.Currently free, read it while you can.
Views: 755

The Sitar

From the bowels of middle-class England, bona fide Brit Muslim lesbian Jaya Chakarbatti belies her mild-mannerisms and leads her group of Lassi Lesbians from their urban Midland terraced houses to the smelly back alleys of London's gay Soho, to seek out other Gaysians. Snapshooting Britain and navigating the world of Bollywood drag queens, and the choice between reading the Quran or The Pink PaperFrom the bowels of middle-class England, bona fide Brit Muslim lesbian Jaya Chakarbatti belies her mild-mannerisms and leads her group of Lassi Lesbians from their urban Midland terraced houses to the smelly back alleys of London's gay Soho, to seek out other Gaysians. Navigating the world of Bollywood drag queens, and the choice between reading the Quran or The Pink Paper, the girls take a snapshot of modern urban Britain, amidst riots, religious tensions, and social discontent, somehow ending up in the heat of uncomfortably straight but shamelessly camp streets of Bangladesh.This is a sharp, witty look at contemporary, multicultural, polysexual Britain, exploring themes of complex postcolonial politics in a humorous, poignant, but always affectionate way.
Views: 739