Astrid Jones desperately wants to confide in someone, but her mother's pushiness and her father's lack of interest tell her they're the last people she can trust. Instead, Astrid spends hours lying on the backyard picnic table watching airplanes fly overhead. She doesn't know the passengers inside, but they're the only people who won't judge her when she asks them her most personal questions...like what it means that she's falling in love with a girl.
Finley lives in broken-down Bellmont, a town ruled by the Irish mob and racially charged rivalries; playing basketball is his only relief. Russ has just moved to the neighborhood, and his life has turned upside down by tragedy. He won't pick up a basketball, but answers only to the name Boy21. As senior year brings these two boys together, a unique friendship may turn out to be the answer they both need.
When Imogen, a 16-year-old black belt in Tae Kwon Do, freezes during a holdup at a local diner, the gunman is shot and killed by the police, and she blames herself for his death. Now that her sense of self has been challenged, she must rebuild her life, a process that includes redefining her relationship with her family and navigating first love with the boy who was at the diner with her during the shoot-out.
Angie is broken --- by her can’t-be-bothered mother, by her high-school tormenters and by being the only one who thinks her varsity-athlete-turned-war-hero sister is still alive. Hiding under a mountain of junk food hasn’t kept the pain away. Having failed to kill herself,she’s back at high school trying to make it through each day. That is, until the arrival of KC Romance, a girl who never sees her as Fat Angie.
Nothing will ever come between Grace Anderson and Kya Kessler. They have a pact. Not only is Grace the only one who knows and guards Kya’s secret, she also knows how much Kya needs someone to stick by her. But in the summer before Senior Year, life throws out challenges they never expected. Grace and Kya are forced to question how much a best friend can forgive.
I wasn't with Finn on that August night. But I should've been. It was raining. And he and Sylvie were arguing as he drove down the slick road. No one ever says that they were arguing about. Other people think it's not important. They do not know there is another story. The story that lurks between the facts. What they do not know --- the cause of the argument ---is crucial. So let me tell you...
The only thing that Will and Zoe can count on is each other. Although Zoe's dad stole all her 15 years and taught her to be scared, and Will was abandoned, they are willing to do anything for each other, learning exactly how to along the way.
Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he rarely misses his life in the jungle. Instead, he thinks about TV shows, his friends and his art. Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home --- and his own art --- through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it’s up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.
I'm sure you have all been properly prepped by your English teachers for the release of The Great Gatsby this month! Excited??? But don't forget the other movies out in theaters and on DVD in May, including Epic, Beautiful Creatures and Struck by Lightning.
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