Thursday, March 2, 2023

Books by Indiana Authors



Turtles All the Way Down follows the life of Aza Holmes, a sixteen-year-old girl struggling to live a life she fears is not her own. When a local billionaire absconds following allegations of fraud, her best friend, Daisy, pulls her along into an investigation in hopes of winning a $100,000 reward.

High school junior Jenny Greenley is so good at keeping secrets that she's the school newspaper's anonymous advice columnist. She's so good at it that, when hotter-than-hot Hollywood star Luke Striker comes to her small town to research a role, Jenny is the one in charge of keeping his identity under wraps.

Ethan Tate and his team — including his best friend, his bully, and the girl of his dreams — must band together to solve the mystery, survive an onslaught, and fight back using their unique skills honed during countless hours in the woods playing Laser Wars.

 After the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano destroys his city and its surroundings, fifteen-year-old Alex must journey from Cedar Falls, Iowa, to Illinois to find his parents and sister, trying to survive in a transformed landscape and a new society in which all the old rules of living have vanished.

Liz Lighty has always believed she's too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town. But it's okay — Liz has a plan that will get her out of Campbell, Indiana, forever: attend the uber-elite Pennington College, play in their world-famous orchestra, and become a doctor.

Twelve-year-olds Anikwa, of the Miami village of Kekionga, and James, of the trading post outside Fort Wayne, find their friendship threatened by the rising fear and tension brought by the War of 1812." I think that it would be a good fifth grade book group book. It is a powerful book, written in verse.

THINGS WE COULDN'T SAY by Jay Coles is a coming of age story, and the central character, Gio, has a tough time of it. Abandoned by his mother at the age of nine, Gio and his younger brother, Theo, were left in the care of an alcoholic father who, ironically, is also a preacher.

Eighteen-year-old Eliza Mirk is the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea, but when a new boy at school tempts her to live a life offline, everything she's worked for begins to crumble. In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless.

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