BookSmack, May/June

On the heels of Broadway’s Hamilton, comes the sizzling sequel to the New York Times bestselling Alex & Eliza: A Love Story. The captivating romance of young Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler continues in Love & War: An Alex & Eliza Story.

Inside: This is best-selling author John Green’s first novel since, The Fault in Our Stars. Turtles main character, Aza,suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder. (The author has also shared he has OCD and based her struggles on his own experience.)


Orphan Monster Spy, by Matt Killeen takes us to 1939 Germany where a blond, blue-eyed and Jewish girl’s act of resistance is about to change the world.

Inside: After her mother is shot at a checkpoint, fifteen-year-old Sarah meets a mysterious man with an ambiguous accent, a suspiciously bare apartment, and a lockbox full of weapons. He’s part of the secret resistance against the Third Reich, and he needs Sarah to hide in plain sight at a school for the daughters of top Nazi brass, posing as one of them. If she can befriend the daughter of a key scientist and get invited to her house, she might be able to steal the blueprints to a bomb that could destroy the cities of Western Europe. Nothing could prepare Sarah for her cutthroat schoolmates, and soon she fi nds herself in a battle for survival unlike any she’d ever imagined. But anyone who underestimates this innocent-seeming girl does so at their peril. She may look sweet, but she’s the Nazis’ worst nightmare.

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