Romance

Die besten Jugendbücher 2018 – Entdeckungen zur Leipziger Buchmesse

.

Ich schreibe einen Roman über Sechzehnjährige. Ich lese seit ca. 2009 Young-Adult-Literatur, empfehle Titel bei ZEIT Online und veröffentliche immer wieder auch längere Texte über z.B.“Mockingjay” (Link) oder neue Dystopien (Link). Meine Lieblings-Jugendbuchautorin ist A.S. King (Link).

.

Mehrmals jährlich stelle ich hier im Blog unbekannte oder neue Bücher vor.

Heute: aktuelle Jugendbücher und Young-Adult-Literatur, erst neu auf Deutsch, weiter unten: englischsprachig.

Neue Titel oder Neuausgaben – erschienen zwischen Frühling 2017 und Frühling 2018. Angelesen, gemocht und vorgemerkt.

.

.

.

Anna Woltz: „Für immer Alaska“ [Goodreads]

„Parkers kleiner Bruder ist allergisch gegen Hundehaare. Doch Parker sieht Alaska wieder: als Hilfshund für Sven, den gemeinsten Jungen ihrer neuen Klasse. Parker schmiedet einen Plan, wie sie den wunderbarsten Hund der Welt zurück holt.“ [Klappentext, gekürzt]

.

Cath Crowley: „Das tiefe Blau der Worte“ [Goodreads]

„Rachel und Henry waren beste Freunde und verbrachten Tage und Nächte in der Buchhandlung von Henrys Familie. Rachel zog aus der Stadt und hinterließ Henry einen Liebesbrief – während Henry mit Amy unterwegs war. Nun ist Rachel zurück und arbeitet wieder in der Buchhandlung, zusammen mit Henry, den sie am liebsten nie wiedersehen würde.“ [Klappentext, gekürzt]

.

Hayley Long: „Der nächstferne Ort“ [Goodreads]

„Ein Autounfall. Der 13-jährige Griff will sich nicht von der Trauer um den Verlust seiner Familie überwältigen lassen. Dylan lässt nichts unversucht, seinen jüngeren Bruder zu schützen. Tatsächlich gelingt es den beiden allmählich, ihren Platz wieder zu finden – jeder für sich und trotzdem gemeinsam.“ [Klappentext, gekürzt]

.

.

Tom Fletcher: „Der Weihnachtosaurus“ [Goodreads]

„Die Weihnachtswichtel am Nordpol entdecken ein Ei, tief im Eis. Der Weihnachtsmann höchstpersönlich brütet es unter seinem dicken Po. Zufällig schickt zur gleichen Zeit ein William einen Wunschzettel ab: Er wünscht sich einen echten Dinosaurier. Als William und der Weihnachtosaurus einander in der Weihnachtsnacht begegnen, erleben die beiden nicht ein fantastisches, zum Brüllen komisches Abenteuer.“ [mit über 100 SW-Illustrationen; Klappentext, gekürzt]

.

Ross Welford: „Was du niemals tun solltest, wenn du unsichtbar bist“ [Goodreads]

„Nach der Einnahme eines dubiosen chinesischen Tranks aus dem Internet und einem ausgiebigen Nickerchen auf einer uralten Sonnenbank wird Esther unsichtbar! Für andere ein Herzenswunsch, für sie der Alptraum. Sie will sich endlich gegen die miesen Knight-Zwillinge zur Wehr setzen. Ihrem nerdigen Kumpel Boyd eine echte Freundin sein. Und das größte Geheimnis überhaupt aufdecken: Wer sie in Wirklichkeit ist.“ [Klappentext, gekürzt]

.

Morgan Dark: „Secret Zero. Das Spiel beginnt“ [Goodreads]

„Kyle ist beliebt am Internat Drayton. Bis er in spektakuläre Überfälle verwickelt wird. Um seine Unschuld zu beweisen, muss er ZERO finden, den mysteriösen Meisterdieb, der seine Identität hinter einer silbernen Maske verbirgt. Kyle hat das ungute Gefühl, dass ihn etwas mit ZERO verbindet…“ [Klappentext, gekürzt]

.

.

Madeleine L’Engle: „Das Zeiträtsel“ [Goodreads]

„Die dreizehnjährige Meg Mathegenie, doch hört kaum auf die Lehrer. Also hat sie nichts als Ärger. Auch mit ihrem kleinen Bruder Charles, der über merkwürdige Begabungen verfügt und manchmal ihre Gedanken lesen kann. Meg und Charles erfahren, dass ihr Vater, ein berühmter Wissenschaftler, der seit Jahren verschwunden ist, auf dem weit entfernten Planeten Camazotz gefangen gehalten wird. Dort herrscht ES, das Böse schlechthin. Das Abenteuer durch Raum und Zeit kann beginnen …“ [Klappentext, gekürzt] dt. Kinostart der Verfilmung: 5. April 2018

.

Robin Roe: „Der Koffer“ [Goodreads]

„Julians Eltern sind tot. Julian lebt bei seinem Onkel, mit Geheimnissen und einem Koffer voller Erinnerungen. Als er seinem Pflegebruder Adam wiederbegegnet, ist er zunächst glücklich: Adam ist nett, tollpatschig und gehört trotzdem zu den Coolen. Doch es ist schwer, Vertrauen zu fassen. Je mehr Vertrauen Julian fasst, desto mehr kommt Adam hinter seine Geheimnisse. Das bringt sie beide in große Gefahr.“ [Klappentext, gekürzt]

.

Gill Lewis: „Der Klang der Freiheit“ [Goodreads]

„Eine illustrierte poetische Geschichte. Eine kleine Gruppe von Menschen, die in einem Boot auf offener See treiben, teilen miteinander ihre Lebensgeschichten. Der junge Rami trägt eine Geige bei sich und erzählt eine berührende Geschichte über die Erfindung des Instruments.“ [Klappentext, gekürzt: nur 80 Seiten, illustriert. Ich fand keine Leseprobe. Könnte auch schrecklicher Kitsch sein.]

.

.

drei neue Taschenbuch-Ausgaben bereit erschienener Titel:

.

Wesley King: „Daniel is different“ [Goodreads]

„Bloß nicht auffallen! Daniel, 13, hofft, dass niemand seine komischen Angewohnheiten bemerkt – weder die Familie noch sein bester Freund Max, und schon gar nicht seine Traumfrau Raya. Als er plötzlich eine mysteriöse Nachricht erhält, wird aus Daniels Leben ein richtiger Krimi.“ [Klappentext, gekürzt]

.

Leila Sales: „This Song will save your Life“ [Goodreads]

„Elise will sich ändern, anpassen, egal was – Hauptsache, sie findet Freunde. Bei einem ihrer Nachtspaziergänge trifft sie auf eine Welt, in der Musik alles ist: den Underground-Club Start. Hier findet sie Freunde, sogar Liebe, und entdeckt ein Talent: Sie ist die geborene DJane! Doch das „richtige“ Leben wartet noch immer vor den Türen des Clubs…“ [Klappentext, gekürzt]

.

Becky Albertalli: „Love, Simon“ [alter dt. Titel: „Nur drei Worte“; Goodreads]

„Gewinner des Deutschen Jugendliteraturpreises 2017! (Jugendjury) Was Simon über Blue weiß: Er ist witzig, weise, aber auch etwas schüchtern. Was Simon nicht über Blue weiß: WER er ist. Die beiden gehen auf dieselbe Schule und tauschen seit Monaten E-Mails aus. Simon spürt, dass er sich langsam verliebt, doch Blue ist noch nicht bereit, sich mit ihm zu treffen. Dann fällt eine Mail in falsche Hände – und Simons Leben steht Kopf.“ [Klappentext, gekürzt; kommt am 28. Juni 2018 in deutsche Kinos.]

.

.

[nur auf Englisch] Holly Black: „The cruel Prince“

„Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences. In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.“ [gelungener Klappentext, kaum gekürzt]

.

Timothy Zahn: „Thrawn“ [Goodreads; Figur aus DIESER Zahn-Trilogie]

„Thrawn erweist sich als unverzichtbar für das Imperium, und sein Aufstieg scheint unaufhaltsam. Als er zum Großadmiral ernannt wird, werden seine Fähigkeiten jedoch auf eine harte Probe gestellt. Nun muss er beweisen, dass sein tödlicher Scharfsinn im Krieg gegen die Rebellen stark genug ist.“ [nichtssagender Klappentext, gekürzt]

.

Claudia Gray: „Leia: Prinzessin von Alderaan“ [Goodreads]

„Die sechzehn Jahre alte Leia muss ihre Eignung als Thronerbin des Planeten Alderaan unter Beweis stellen. Dazu gehören Überlebenstraining, Schulungen in galaxisweiter Diplomatie und brandgefährliche Missionen auf Welten, die unter imperialer Kontrolle stehen. Ihre Eltern scheinen nicht mehr sie selbst zu sein. Als Leia herausfindet, welche Geheimnisse vor ihr verborgen werden, muss Leia sich entscheiden: Wird sie sich künftig nur auf die Belange ihrer Heimat konzentrieren oder stellt sie sich in den Dienst einer ganzen Galaxis, die händeringend nach einer rebellischen Lichtgestalt sucht?“ [Klappentext, gekürzt; ich mochte Claudia Grays Star-Wars-Roman „Lost Stars“ – doch die deutsche Übersetzung des Leia-Romans wirkt holprig/flach: lieber das Original!]

.

.

Stefanie Höfler: „Tanz der Tiefseequalle“ [Goodreads]

bereits gelesen: Empfehlung! Höflers Jugendbuch „Mein Sommer mit Mucks“ ist noch etwas besser. „Niko ist ziemlich dick und träumt sich oft in Parallelwelten. Dann rettet er die schöne Sera vor einer Grapschattacke, und Sera fordert ihn zum Tanzen auf, was verrückt ist und so aufregend anders, wie alles, was in den nächsten Tagen passiert. Vielleicht ist es der Beginn einer Freundschaft von zweien, die gegensätzlicher nicht sein könnten – doch im entscheidenden Moment mutig über ihren Schatten springen.“ [Klappentext, gekürzt]

.

Anke Stelling: „Erna und die drei Wahrheiten“ [Goodreads]

„Warum steckt in „Gemeinschaft“ auch „gemein“? Erna ist 11, besucht eine Gemeinschaftsschule und lebt, wie ihre Freundinnen Liv und Rosalie, im gemeinschaftlichen Wohnprojekt. Dass das ganze Gemeinschaftsgetue ungerecht und sogar verlogen sein kann, erleben Erna und ihre Freundinnen, als nach dem Schulfasching jemand mutwillig die Klos ruiniert hat: Weil der Täter sich nicht meldet, sollen jetzt alle dafür büßen. Erna ermittelt. Sie findet heraus, was passiert ist. Doch soll sie es auch verraten? Schließlich gibt es laut einem Sprichwort drei Wahrheiten – deine, meine und die Wahrheit. Und wer kann die schon ertragen?“ [Klappentext, gekürzt]

.

Michelle Cuevas: „Kasimir Karton. Mein Leben als unsichtbarer Freund“ [Goodreads]

„Manchmal wundert Kasimir sich schon, warum ihn niemand beachtet. Im Sportunterricht wird er nicht als Letzter ins Team gewählt, sondern gar nicht, und seine Eltern vergessen, ihm bei Mahlzeiten einen Teller hinzustellen. Nur seine Zwillingsschwester Fleur hält zu ihm. Doch eines Tages macht Kasimir eine schockierende Entdeckung: Fleur hat sich ihn ausgedacht! Mit dem Wunsch, ein echter Junge zu werden, begibt sich Kasimir auf eine lange Reise.“ [Klappentext, gekürzt]

.

.

ab hier: Bücher ohne Übersetzung ins Deutsche

.

Amy Rose Capetta: „Echo“

„New York: Zara is unprepared—for Eli, the girl who makes the world glow and for Leopold, the director who wants perfection. Zara wants to play her dream role in Echo and Ariston, the Greek tragedy that taught her everything she knows about love. When the director asks Zara to promise that she will have no outside commitments and distractions, it’s easy to say yes. But it’s hard not to be distracted when there’s a death at the theater—and then another—especially when Zara doesn’t know if they’re accidents, or murder, or a curse that always comes in threes. Assistant lighting director Eli Vasquez, a girl made of tattoos and abrupt laughs and every form of light, looks at Zara. It’s hard not to fall in love. Two girls, finding each other on a stage set for tragedy.“ [Klappentext, gekürzt]

.

Adam Silvera: „They both die at the End“

„On September 5, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.“ [Klappentext, gekürzt; queerer Autor, dessen Bücher/Leseproben mir bisher ALLE zusagten.]

.

Mackenzie Lee: „Cavaliersreise. Bekenntnisse eines Gentlemans“ [Goodreads]

„Nach Montys Cavaliersreise wird der englische Adel seine Sprösslinge bestimmt nie wieder auf den Kontinent schicken! Irgendwie ist Monty immer in eine Tändelei verwickelt oder betrunken oder zur falschen Zeit am falschen Ort nackt (in Versailles! Am Hof des Königs!). Zwischen Paris und Marseille kämpfen Monty, Percy und Felicity gegen Wegelagerer und Piraten, gegeneinander (Monty und Felicity) oder gegen ihre Gefühle füreinander (Monty und Percy). Doch am Ende finden die drei nicht nur zueinander, sondern auch zu sich selbst.“ [Klappentext, gekürzt]

.

.

Barry Lyga: „Bang“

„At the age of four, Sebastian accidentally shot and killed his infant sister with his father’s gun. Ten years later, he has lived with the guilt and horror for his entire life. With his best friend away for the summer, Sebastian has only a new friend—Aneesa—to distract him from his darkest thoughts. But even this relationship cannot blunt the pain of his past. Because Sebastian knows exactly how to rectify his childhood crime and sanctify his past. It took a gun to get him into this. Now he needs a gun to get out.“ [Klappentext, kaum gekürzt; ich las 2010 Barry Lygas „Boy Toy“, und empfehle es sehr.]

.

Shaun David Hutchinson: „At the Edge of the Universe“

Tommy and Ozzie have been best friends since second grade, and boyfriends since eighth. They spent countless days dreaming of escaping their small town—and then Tommy vanished. More accurately, he ceased to exist, erased from the minds and memories of everyone who knew him. Everyone except Ozzie. Ozzie doesn’t know how to navigate life without Tommy, and soon suspects that something else is going on: that the universe is shrinking. When Ozzie is paired up with new student Calvin on a physics project, he begins to wonder if Calvin could somehow be involved. But the more time they spend together, the harder it is for him to deny the feelings developing between them, even if he still loves Tommy.“ [Klappentext, gekürzt]

.

John Young: „Farewell Tour of a Permanent Optimist“

„Quick-witted, sharp-tongued Connor Lambert has been dying from cancer for years, but he’s not dead yet. Forming an unlikely friendship with fellow juvenile delinquent Skeates, the pair stage a break out and set off on a crazy tour across Scotland to find Connor’s dad, an inmate at Shotts prison. But Connor’s left two things behind — the medication he needs to keep him alive, and the girl who makes living bearable.“ [Klappentext, gekürzt]

.

.

Akemi Dawn Bowman: „Starfish“

„Kiko Himura has always had a hard time saying exactly what she’s thinking. With a mother who makes her feel unremarkable and a half-Japanese heritage she doesn’t quite understand, Kiko prefers to keep her head down, certain that once she makes it into her dream art school, Prism, her real life will begin. But then Kiko doesn’t get into Prism, at the same time her abusive uncle moves back in with her family. So when she receives an invitation from her childhood friend to leave her small town and tour art schools on the west coast, Kiko jumps at the opportunity in spite of the anxieties and fears that attempt to hold her back. And now that she is finally free to be her own person outside the constricting walls of her home life, Kiko learns life-changing truths about herself, her past, and how to be brave.“ [Klappentext, kaum gekürzt]

.

NoNieqa Ramos: „The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary“

„Macy’s school officially classifies her as „disturbed,“ but Macy isn’t interested in how others define her. Her mom can’t move off the couch, her dad’s in prison, her brother’s been kidnapped by Child Protective Services, and now her best friend isn’t speaking to her. Writing in a dictionary format, Macy explains the world in her own terms.“ [Klappentext, gekürzt]

.

Amy Reed: „The Nowhere Girls“

„Three misfits come together to avenge the rape of a fellow classmate. Grace Salter is the new girl in town, whose family was run out of their former community after her southern Baptist preacher mom turned into a radical liberal after falling off a horse and bumping her head. Rosina Suarez is the queer punk girl in a conservative Mexican immigrant family. Erin Delillo is obsessed with two things: marine biology and Star Trek: The Next Generation, but they aren’t enough to distract her from her suspicion that she may in fact be an android. When Grace learns that Lucy Moynihan, the former occupant of her new home, was run out of town for having accused the popular guys at school of gang rape, she’s incensed that Lucy never had justice. They form an anonymous group of girls at Prescott High to resist the sexist culture at their school. Told in alternating perspectives, this groundbreaking novel is an indictment of rape culture and explores with bold honesty the deepest questions about teen girls and sexuality.“ [Klappentext, gekürzt]

.

.

Sarah Moon: „Sparrow“

„Sparrow has always had a difficult time making friends. When the one teacher who really understood her — Mrs. Wexler, the school librarian, a woman who let her eat her lunch in the library office — is killed in a freak car accident, Sparrow’s world unravels and she’s found on the roof of her school in an apparent suicide attempt. With the help of an insightful therapist, Sparrow finally reveals the truth of her inner life. And it’s here that she discovers an outlet in Rock & Roll music.“ [Klappentext, gekürzt]

.

Anna Priemaza: „Kat and Meg conquer the World“

„Kat and Meg couldn’t be more different. Kat’s anxiety makes it hard for her to talk to people. Meg hates being alone, but her ADHD keeps pushing people away. But when the two girls are thrown together for a year-long science project, they discover they do have one thing in common: They’re both obsessed with the same online gaming star and his videos. It might be the beginning of a beautiful friendship—if they don’t kill each other first.“ [Klappentext, leicht gekürzt]

.

Lianne Oelke: „Nice Try, Jane Sinner“

„Jane is 17 and signs up for House of Orange, a student-run reality show that is basically Big Brother. Living away from home, the chance to win a car, and a campus full of people who don’t know what she did in high school… what more could she want? As House of Orange grows from a low-budget web series to a local TV show with fans and shoddy T-shirts, Jane finally has the chance to let her cynical, competitive nature thrive. She’ll use her growing fan base, and whatever Intro to Psychology can teach her, to prove to the world—or at least viewers of substandard TV—that she has what it takes to win.“ [Klappentext, gekürzt]

.

.

Marie Marquardt: „The Radius of us“

„Months after setting off toward the U.S. / Mexico border in search of safety for his brother, Phoenix Flores-Flores finally walked out of detention. When a car sped toward them and Gretchen Asher’s attacker told her to run, she recognized a surprising terror in his eyes. Told in alternating first person points of view, The Radius of Us is a story of love, sacrifice, and the journey from victim to survivor. It offers an intimate glimpse into the causes and devastating impact of Latino gang violence, both in the U.S. and in Central America, and how people struggling to overcome trauma can find healing in love.“ [sehr schlechter / fragwürdiger Klappentext, gekürzt]

.

Claire Christian: „Beautiful Mess“

„Ava lost Kelly. She gets thrown out of school. There’s simmering rage and weird, destructive choices. The only thing going right for Ava is her job at Magic Kebab. Which is where she meets Gideon, a poet and collector of vinyl records with an aversion to social media. He lives in his head. She lives in her grief. The only people who can help them move on with their lives are each other.“ [Klappentext, gekürzt]

.

Chantele Sedgwick: „Switching Gears“

„Still mourning the loss of Lucas, the boy she loved in secret for years, seventeen-year-old Emmy Martin turns to her passion for mountain biking. But then, she discovers her mom has early-onset Alzheimer’s. When Cole Evans, the rich boy who usually doesn’t care about anything but himself, offers to train her for the biggest mountain biking race of the season, she accepts. The more time she spends with him, the more she realizes he’s different than she’d expected. As she drifts further away from her family and closer to her dream of being sponsored, a terrible accident threatens any semblance of peace and happiness she has left. Instead of closing herself off to the people she loves, Emmy must learn to rely on those she has pushed away.“ [Klappentext, gekürzt]

.

.

Katherine Applegate: „Wishtree“

„Red is an oak tree, and the neighborhood „wishtree“—people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red’s branches. Along with her crow friend Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red’s hollows, this „wishtree“ watches over the neighborhood. Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red’s experiences as a wishtree are more important than ever.“ [Klappentext, leicht gekürzt]

.

J. Anderson Coats: „The Many Reflections of Miss Jane Deming“

„High-spirited Jane is excited to be part of Mr. Mercer’s plan to bring Civil War widows and orphans to Washington Territory—but life out west isn’t at all what she expected. The problem, she fears, is her mind. It might not be suitably broad because she had to leave school to take care of little Jer. Seattle doesn’t turn out to be quite as advertised. In this rough-and-tumble frontier town, Jane is going to need every bit of that broad mind and sturdy constitution—not to mention a good sense of humor and a stubborn streak a mile wide.“ [Klappentext, gekürzt]

.

Keely Hutton: „Soldier Boy“

„Here is the true story of Ricky Richard Anywar, abducted in 1989 at age fourteen by Joseph Kony’s rebel army in the Ugandan civil war. Ricky is trained, armed, and sent to battle government troops alongside his brutal kidnappers, but over his two and a half years of enslavement, he never stops dreaming of escape. Here also is the story, set twenty years later, of a fictional character named Samuel, a boy deathly afraid of trusting anyone ever again, and representative of the thousands of child soldiers Ricky has helped rehabilitate as founder of the internationally acclaimed charity Friends of Orphans.“ [Klappentext, leicht gekürzt]

.

.

Kristi Wientge: „Karma Khullar’s Mustache“

„Karma Khullar is about to start middle school, and she is super nervous. Not just because it seems like her best friend has found a newer, blonder best friend. Or that her dad is the new stay-at-home parent. She has realized that she has seventeen hairs that have formed a mustache on her upper lip. Debut author Wientge tackles the uncomfortable—but all too relatable—subject of female body hair and self-esteem with this sweet and charming novel in the tradition of Judy Blume.“ [Klappentext, gekürzt]

.

Mark Maciewjewski: „I am Fartacus“

„Chub is a short, accidentally bald, middle school outcast. With help from his personal band of like-minded misfits (not to mention tactics gleaned from the Colonel, a US military vet with toenail issues), Chub’s determined to bring down his nemesis, class hero and now potential class president, Archer, or the Arch—the very guy who betrayed Chub with the lice-killing potion that left him bald as a billiard ball. But then he discovers that there are some very dangerous skeletons in Archer’s closet, and more at stake than just a few middle school reputations. Chub sets off to bring down an evil empire—and inadvertently become the least likely hero of Alanmoore Middle School.“ [Klappentext, gekürzt]

.

Dusti Bowling: „Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus“

„Aven Green loves to tell people that she lost her arms in an alligator wrestling match, or a wildfire in Tanzania, but the truth is she was born without them. When her parents take a job running Stagecoach Pass, a rundown western theme park in Arizona, Aven moves with them across the country. She bonds with Connor, a classmate who also feels isolated because of his own disability, and they discover a room at Stagecoach Pass that holds secrets.“ [Klappentext, gekürzt]

.

.

Graphic Novels ab ca. 11:

.

Keezy Young: „Taproot“

„Blue is having a hard time moving on. He’s in love with his best friend. He’s also dead. Luckily, Hamal can see ghosts, leaving Blue free to haunt him to his heart’s content. But something eerie is happening in town, leaving the local afterlife unsettled. Blue has to find a way to protect Hamal, even if it means… leaving him.“ [Klappentext, leicht gekürzt]

.

Cecil Castellucci: „Soupy Leaves Home“

„Pearl Plankette ran away from her abusive father and stumbles upon a disguise that gives her the key to a new identity. Reborn as a boy named Soupy, she meets Remy -Ramshackle- Smith, a hobo who takes her under his wing. But Ramshackle has his own demons to wrestle with, and he’ll need Soupy just as much as she needs him. Set in 1932, this is the story of two misfits with no place to call home, who build a relationship during a train hopping journey toward the sunny promise of California.“ [Klappentext, gekürzt; die Kritiken sind mittelmäßig, weil die Wirtschaftskrise hier sehr romantisiert wird; doch ich habe großen Respekt vor Autorin Cecil Castellucci seit der DC-Serie „Shade, the Changing Girl“]

.

Shannon Hale: „Real Friends“

„When best friends are not forever: Shannon and Adrienne were close since they were little. But one day, Adrienne starts hanging out with Jen, the most popular girl and leader of a circle of friends called The Group. Everyone in The Group wants to be Jen’s #1, and some girls would do anything to stay on top, even if it means bullying others. Newbery Honor author Shannon Hale and New York Times bestselling illustrator LeUyen Pham join forces in this graphic memoir about how hard it is to find your real friends.“ [Klappentext, gekürzt]

.

.

zuletzt: drei feministische Nonfiction-Titel. Nicht explizit für Jugendliche – doch es ist sicher ein Gewinn, das möglichst früh zu lesen:

.

404 Ink: Laura Jones, Heather McDaid [Herausgeberinnen]: „Nasty Women“

„With intolerance and inequality increasingly normalised by the day, it’s more important than ever for women to share their experiences. A collection of essays, interviews and accounts on what it is to be a woman in the 21st century. People, politics, pressure, punk – From working class experience to racial divides in Trump’s America, being a child of immigrants, to sexual assault, Brexit, pregnancy, contraception, identity, family, finding a voice online, role models and more. Keep telling your stories, and tell them loud.“ [Klappentext, gekürzt]

.

Morgan Jerkins: „This will be my Undoing. Living at the Intersection of Black, Female and Feminist in (white) America“

„From one of the fiercest critics writing today, Morgan Jerkins’ highly-anticipated collection of linked essays interweaves her incisive commentary on pop culture, feminism, black history, misogyny, and racism with her own experiences to confront the very real challenges of being a black woman today. Jerkins is only in her twenties, but she has already established herself as an insightful, brutally honest writer. Doubly disenfranchised by race and gender, often deprived of a place within the mostly white mainstream feminist movement, black women are objectified, silenced, and marginalized with devastating consequences, in ways both obvious and subtle, that are rarely acknowledged in our country’s larger discussion about inequality.“ [Klappentext, gekürzt]

.

Kelly Jensen (Herausgeberin): „Here we are: Feminism for the Real World“

„Forty-four writers, dancers, actors, and artists contribute essays, lists, poems, comics, and illustrations about everything from body positivity to romance to gender identity to intersectionality to the greatest girl friendships in fiction. Be inspired to find your own path to feminism.“ [Klappentext, gekürzt]

.

Die besten Jugendbücher für 2017: Buchtipps

2014 WordPress Regal

.

Zweimal im Jahr stelle ich im Blog neue Jugendbücher vor:

.

heute, wie jedes Jahr vor Weihnachten:

Young-Adult-Romane (meist aus den USA), angelesen, sehr gemocht – von denen ich mir für 2017 Übersetzungen ins Deutsche wünsche.

.

01: STEPHANIE KATE STROHM, „It’s not me, it’s you“
  • High-School-Komödie, verfasst im Stil von Studs Terkel: „Zeitzeugen“ berichten – und widersprechen sich. Charmante Unterhaltung.

„Avery is one of the most popular girls in her class. But a public breakup causes disastrous waves. Now, Avery gets to thinking about the guys that she has dated. How come none of those relationships worked out? Could it be her fault? In history class she’s learning about this method of record-keeping called „oral history“. So Avery decides to go directly to the source. She tracks down all the guys and uses thoughts from friends, family, and teachers, to compile a total account of her dating history.“ [Klappentext, gekürzt]

It's Not Me, It's You

.

02: A.S. KING, „Still Life with Tornado“

  • Seit „Please don’t hate me“, „Please ignora Vera Dietz“ und „Reality Boy“ meine Lieblings-Jugendbuchautorin. Aber: auch wieder eine sehr zerquälte und flapsige Hauptfigur, die sich selbst im Weg steht. Kein Gute-Laune-Buch.

„Sarah is several people at once. And only one of them is sixteen. Her parents insist she’s a gifted artist with a bright future, but now she can’t draw a thing. Meanwhile, there’s a ten-year-old Sarah with a filthy mouth. A twenty-three-year-old Sarah with a bad attitude. And a forty-year-old Sarah. They’re all wandering Philadelphia, and they’re all worried about Sarah’s future. Sarah might be having an existential crisis. Or maybe all those other Sarahs are trying to wake her up before she’s lost forever in the tornado of violence and denial that is her parents’ marriage.“ [Klappentext, gekürzt]

Still Life with Tornado

.

03: SHANNON LEE ALEXANDER, „Life after Juliet“
  • Mainstream-Romance; aber deutlich besser geschrieben als nötig.

„When her best friend Charlotte died, Becca gave up on the real world and used her books to escape. Until she meets Max Herrera. He’s experienced loss, too. As it turns out, kissing is a lot better in real life than on a page. But happy endings aren’t always guaranteed.“ [Klappentext, gekürzt]

Life After Juliet

.

04: WILL KOSTAKIS, „The Sidekicks“

  • Das nichtssagende Cover stieß mich ab – aber die Figurenkonstellation macht Spaß. Auch, wenn alles hier (Thema, Tonfall) etwas gestrig/angestaubt wirkt.

„All Ryan, Harley and Miles had in common was Isaac. They lived different lives, had different interests and kept different secrets. But they shared the same best friend. They were sidekicks. And now that Isaac’s gone, what does that make them?“ [Klappentext, gekürzt].

The Sidekicks

.

05: JENNIFER NIVEN, „Holding up the Universe“

  • Ich bin gesichtsblind – wie die männliche Hauptfigur, hier; und glaube, das Buch trägt viel zu dick auf. Und: Ich bin kein Fan von Außenseiter-Romances. Trotzdem las ich los – und hatte Lust, noch lange weiter zu lesen.

„Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home. Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin. What no one knows is that Jack can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. The two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service.“ [Klappentext, gekürzt]

Holding Up the Universe

.

06: NICOLA YOON, „The Sun is also a Star“

  • Noch eine Mainstream-Romance, die mich skeptisch macht. Aber: solide geschrieben.

Natasha: I believe in science and facts. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Daniel: I’ve always been the good son. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see Natasha, I forget about all that.“ [Klappentext, gekürzt]

The Sun Is Also a Star

.

07: J.P. ROMNEY, „The Monster on the Road is me“

  • Klischeehafte Figurenkonstellation, ein klischeehaft westlicher Blick auf Japan? Doch dass der Roman bei FSG erscheint, macht mir Mut. Im besten Fall: surreale, literarische All-Ages-Unterhaltung wie David Mitchell.

„Koda Okita is a high school student in modern-day Japan. He suffers from narcolepsy and has to wear a watermelon-sized helmet to protect his head in case he falls. When a rash of puzzling deaths sweeps his school, Koda discovers that his narcoleptic naps allow him to steal the thoughts of nearby supernatural beings. He learns that his small town is under threat from a ruthless mountain demon.“ [Klappentext, gekürzt]

The Monster on the Road Is Me

.

08: VICTORIA SCHWAB, „This Savage Song“

  • Die mittlerweile dritte (?) Trilogie von Victoria Schwab binnen weniger Jahre. Jedes Mal mag ich den Stil, doch jedes Mal langweilt mich die Erzählwelt.

„A city at war, a city overrun with monsters. Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city. Kate wants to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. August wants to be as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.“ [Klappentext, gekürzt]

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)

.

09: E.K. JOHNSTON, “Exit, Pursued by a Bear”

  • Hartes Thema, feministischer Blick: das Buch aus dieser Liste, auf das ich am gespanntesten bin.

“Hermione Winters is the envied girlfriend and the undisputed queen of her school. But then someone puts something in her drink at a party. Victim. Survivor. That raped girl. Even though this was never the future she imagined, one essential thing remains unchanged: Hermione can still call herself Polly Olivier’s best friend. Heartbreaking and empowering, Exit, Pursued by a Bearis the story of friendship in the face of trauma.” [Klappentext, gekürzt]

Exit, Pursued by a Bear

.

10: JULIE BUXBAUM, “Tell me three Things”

Everything about Jessie is wrong. That’s what it feels like during her first week at her new ultra-intimidating prep school. It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country. Buxbaum mixes comedy and tragedy, love and loss in her debut YA novel filled with characters who will come to feel like friends.” [Klappentext, gekürzt]

Tell Me Three Things

.

zehn Middle-Grade-Novels (für ca. Elf- bis Vierzehnjährige):

.

11: NATALIE DIAS LORENZI, „A long Pitch Home“
  • Sentimentales Cover. Baseball lässt mich meist kalt. Doch ich mag „Ms. Marvel“ (…deren Eltern, Muslime aus Pakistan, nach New Jersey auswanderten), und hoffe auf einen ähnlich klugen, warmherzigen Blick/Ton.

„Ten-year-old Bilal liked his life back home in Pakistan. He was a star on his cricket team. But when his father suddenly sends the family to live with their aunt and uncle in America, nothing is familiar. While Bilal tries to keep up with his cousin Jalaal by joining a baseball league, he wonders when his father will join the family in Virginia. Playing baseball means navigating relationships with the guys, and with Jordan, the only girl on the team—the player no one but Bilal wants to be friends with.“ [Klappentext, leicht gekürzt]

A Long Pitch Home

.

12: JENN BISHOP, „The Distance to Home“

  • Baseball, Familie, Trauerarbeit: sehr amerikanisch – doch es wirkt nicht allzu seicht oder simpel.

„Quinnen was the star pitcher of her baseball team. After the death of her best friend and older sister, Haley, everything is different. The one glimmer of happiness comes from the Bandits, the local minor-league baseball team. For the first time, Quinnen and her family are hosting one of the players for the season.“ [Klappentext, gekürzt]

The Distance To Home

.

13: ERIC DINERSTEIN, „What Elephants know“

  • Mich irritiert die ‚Dschungelbuch‘-artige Hauptfigur, und mich stört, dass vor allem Autoren aus dem Westen Kinderbücher über andere Kulturkreise schreiben. Trotzdem: Ein solide recherchierter Tier- und Abenteuer-Roman?

„Abandoned in the jungle of the Nepalese Borderlands, two-year-old Nandu is found living under the protective watch of a pack of wild dogs. Fate delivers him to the King’s elephant stable, where he is raised by unlikely parents-wise, fierce and affectionate elephants. When the king’s government threatens to close the stable, Nandu, now twelve, searches for a way to save his family and community.“ [Klappentext, gekürzt]

What Elephants Know

.
14: KATE MESSNER, „The Seventh Wish“
  • Mich langweilen „Du hast Wünsche frei!“-Plots, bei denen alle Wünsche schief gehen. Doch auf den ersten Blick wirkt das hier süffig, einladend, gekonnt.

„Charlie feels like she’s always coming in last. From her Mom’s new job to her sister’s life at college, everything seems more important than her. While ice fishing, Charlie discovers a floppy fish offering to grant a wish.“ [Klappentext, gekürzt]

The Seventh Wish

.

15: M.G. HENNESSEY, „The Other Boy“

  • Schön, dass statt „Wie werde ich ein Junge?“ hier „Ich bin bereits als Junge akzeptiert. Wie halte ich diesen Status?“ das Grundproblem zu sein scheint:

„A transgender boy’s journey toward acceptance: Twelve-year-old Shane loves pitching for his baseball team, working on his graphic novel, and hanging out with his best friend, Josh. But Shane is keeping something private, something that might make a difference to his teammates, to Josh, and to his new crush, Madeline. And when a classmate threatens to reveal his secret, Shane’s whole world comes crashing down.“ [Klappentext, gekürzt]

The Other Boy

.

16: BEN HATKE, „Mighty Jack“ (Graphic Novel)

  • Simple, aber sehr stilsicher gezeichnete Graphic Novel bei der ich (wie so oft) die Familienprobleme und die Alltagswelt interessanter finde als die Fantasy-Räume, die sich plötzlich darin öffnen.

„Summer is when his single mom takes a second job and leaves Jack at home to watch his autistic kid sister, Maddy. It’s a lot of responsibility, and it’s boring, too, because Maddy doesn’t talk. Ever. But then, one day at the flea market, Maddy does talk—to tell Jack to trade their mom’s car for a box of mysterious seeds. What starts as a normal little garden out back behind the house quickly grows up into a wild, magical jungle with tiny onion babies running amok, huge, pink pumpkins that bite, and, on one moonlit night that changes everything…a dragon“ [Klappentext, gekürzt]

Mighty Jack (Mighty Jack, #1)

.

17: ELLY SWARTZ, „Finding Perfect“

  • Die platte Comedy und die vielen Gender-Klischees auf deutschen Poetry Slams langweilen mich. US-Slams kenne ich nicht. Trotzdem würde ich lieber mehr über Zwangsstörungen lesen – als über die… befreiende Kraft von Poesie-Wettbewerben:

„Molly’s mother left the family to take a faraway job with the promise to return in one year. Molly knows that promises are often broken, so she hatches a plan to bring her mother home: Win the Lakeville Middle School Slam Poetry Contest. The winner is honored at a fancy banquet with table cloths. Molly’s sure her mother would never miss that. Right…?But as time goes on, writing and reciting slam poetry become harder. Actually, everything becomes harder as new habits appear, and counting, cleaning, and organizing are not enough to keep Molly’s world from spinning out of control.“ [Klappentext, minimal gekürzt]

Finding Perfect

.

18: WESLEY KING, “OCDaniel”

“A boy whose life revolves around hiding his obsessive compulsive disorder. Daniel spends football practice perfectly arranging water cups—and hoping no one notices, especially his best friend Max, and Raya, the prettiest girl in school. His life gets weirder when another girl at school, who is unkindly nicknamed Psycho Sara, notices him for the first time.” [Klappentext, gekürzt]

OCDaniel

.

19: MELANIE CONKLIN, “Counting Thyme”

  • Ein Mädchen, das nach New York zieht… und die Provinz vermisst: Ich mag, dass hier verhältnismäßig kleine Alltagssorgen sehr ernst genommen werden.

“Eleven-year-old Thyme’s little brother is accepted into a new cancer drug trial and the Owens family has to move to New York, thousands of miles away from everything she knows and loves. Thyme loves her brother—she’d give anything for him to be well—but she still wants to go home. She finds herself even more mixed up when her heart feels the tug of new friends, a first crush, and even a crotchety neighbor and his sweet whistling bird.” [Klappentext, gekürzt]

Counting Thyme

.

20: LINDSAY EAGAR, “Hour of the Bees”

  • Magischer Realismus, Familiengeheimnisse, ein schrulliger Opa: die Zutaten sind mir zu altbacken. Aber: sehr gut geschrieben!

“Twelve-year-old Carolina is in New Mexico, helping her parents move the grandfather she’s never met into a home for people with dementia. At first, Carol avoids prickly Grandpa Serge… A novel of family and discovering the wonder of the world.” [Klappentext, gekürzt]

Hour of the Bees

.

fünf ältere Titel (2013 bis 2015), jetzt erst entdeckt:

2015: STEPHANIE TROMLY, „Trouble is a Friend of mine“

„The first time Philip Digby shows up on Zoe’s doorstep, he’s rude and treats her like a book he’s already read and knows the ending to. But before she knows it, Zoe’s allowed Digby—annoying, brilliant, and somehow…attractive? Digby—to drag her into a series of dangerous and only vaguely legal schemes all related to the kidnapping of a local teenage girl. Is Digby a hero? Or is his manic quest an attempt to repair his own broken family and exorcize his obsessive-compulsive tendencies?“ [Klappentext, gekürzt]

Trouble Is a Friend of Mine (Trouble, #1)

.

2015: EMMA CARROLL, „In Darkling Wood“

  • Märchen-Klischees und ein Klischee-Cover – doch die Geschichte wirkt behutsam, stimmungsvoll, gekonnt erzählt.

„When Alice’s brother gets a chance for a heart transplant, Alice is bundled off to her estranged grandmother’s house. There’s nothing good about staying with Nell, except for the beautiful Darkling Wood at the end of her garden – but Nell wants to have it cut down. Alice feels at home there, at peace, and even finds a friend, Flo. But Flo doesn’t seem to go to the local school and no one in town has heard of a girl with that name. When Flo shows Alice the surprising secrets of Darkling Wood, Alice starts to wonder, what is real? And can she find out in time to save the wood from destruction?“ [Klappentext, minimal gekürzt]

In Darkling Wood

..

2014: KSENIA ANSKE, „Rosehead“
  • Absurder Plot, schwarzer Humor… ich bin nur skeptisch, inwieweit das „Berlin“ im Buch authentisch/stimmig wirken kann.

„Misunderstood and overmedicated, twelve-year-old Lilith finds the prospect of a grand family reunion dull… until she discovers that the rose garden surrounding her grandfather’s Berlin mansion is completely carnivorous. Armed with Panther, her talking pet whippet, and the help of the mute boy next door, Lilith must unravel the secrets behind the mysterious estate, all while her family remains gloriously unaware that they are about to be devoured.“ [Klappentext, gekürzt]

Rosehead

.

2014: SARA CASSIDY, „Skylark“

  • Toller Tonfall, interessante Familie – nur: Slam Poetry? Ich bin skeptisch.

„Angie lives in an old car with her brother and mother. Homeless after their father left, the family tries to live as normally as possible between avoiding the police and finding new places to park each night. When Angie discovers slam poetry, she finds a new way to express herself and find meaning and comfort in a confusing world.“ [Klappentext, gekürzt]

Skylark

.

2013: MANDY HAGER, „Dear Vincent“

  • Neuseeländischer Roman über Selbstmord/Depressionen. Ich weiß nicht genau, warum das Mädchen Van Gogh UND einen Professor als wichtigste Bezugsfiguren hat, und fürchte mich vor Mansplaining und romantisiertem Künstler-Bla.

„17 year old Tara shares the care of her paralysed father with her domineering, difficult mother. She’s still grieving the loss of her older sister Van, who died five years before. And she is enamoured with Vincent Van Gogh and finds many parallels between the tragic story of his life and her own. Then, she meets Professor Max Stockhamer, a Jewish refugee and philosopher and his grandson Johannes.“ [Klappentext, gekürzt]

Dear Vincent

XKCD: The best Comics about Love / Romance

.

The nerdy, clever and incredibly diverse / ecclectic „XKCD – a webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math and language“ (Link) is one of my favorite web-based comic strips. It’s been around since 2005, and there are more than a thousand strips, so far.

There’s also a fun print edition. Here’s the Amazon.de page (Link)!

.

Last fall, I went through the 1000-odd strips and picked my favorites.

Here are 29 picks… about romance / love. Enjoy!

.

http://xkcd.com/58/: Why do you love me?

.

http://xkcd.com/112/: Baring my Heart:

.

http://xkcd.com/150/: Grownups:

.

http://xkcd.com/165/: Turn Signals

.

http://xkcd.com/201/: Christmas GPS

.

http://xkcd.com/275/: Thoughts

.

http://xkcd.com/300/: Facebook:

.

http://xkcd.com/310/: Commitment:

.

http://xkcd.com/314/: Dating Pools:

.

http://xkcd.com/333/: Getting out of Hand:

.

http://xkcd.com/355/: Couple:

.

http://xkcd.com/387/: Advanced Technology:

.

http://xkcd.com/400/: Important Life Lesson:

.

http://xkcd.com/414/: Mistranslations:

.

http://xkcd.com/449/: Things fall apart:

.

http://xkcd.com/458/: Regrets:

.

http://xkcd.com/523/: Decline:

.

http://xkcd.com/605/: Extrapolating:

.

http://xkcd.com/634/: Date:

.

http://xkcd.com/650/: Nowhere:

.

http://xkcd.com/674/: Natural Parenting:

.

http://xkcd.com/698/: You hang up first:

.

http://xkcd.com/791/: Leaving:

.

http://xkcd.com/817/: Mutual:

.

http://xkcd.com/833/: Convincing:

.

http://xkcd.com/943/: Empirical:

.

http://xkcd.com/946/: Family Decals:

.

and my favorite:

http://xkcd.com/642/: Creepy:

.

http://xkcd.com/40/: Light:

.

It’s hard to believe that the author of xkcd, Randall Munroe (Link), was born in 1984. He’s insightful, acerbic and sounds wise for his age.

It helps that he’s married… and ready to address the more complicated / existential sides of life (Link) if it helps the quality of his work.

I might post other selections of xkcd strips later on. Let me know your personal favorites, too!

.

Related Posts: