Michigan Thumbs Up Winner

The books have been read & discussed and the votes have been tallied.  The winner of the 2011 Michigan Thumbs Up! Award is Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick. 

Although Amber and her single alcoholic mother are currently homeless and have been secretly crashing in a school bus, the 17-year-old remains a self-proclaimed princess of hope. And why not, when she has an adorable rescued dog and fellow socially challenged friends in the Franks Freak Force Federation? She is teaching English after school to Catholic Korean women; she is learning the art of haiku from a once-reclusive Vietnam vet; she is the reigning champion in a weekly word battle against a Nietzsche-loving senior at the Methodist Retirement Home; and she lives according to her tremendous faith. Her world and faith shatter, however, when her mother suffers a violent tragedy, and afterward, Amber struggles to reclaim her faith and optimism.

Three additional books have been selected as Honor books: Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan, Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, and After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick.

If you have read one of these books, give this posting a thumbs up!

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Beth is a Librarian at the Gaines Township branch of KDL. She really loves reading, especially all the wonderful teen books, but also enjoys genealogy and crafts!

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