Field Notes on Love
by Jennifer E. Smith
It's the most unlikely of circumstances. Hugo, a biracial British student slated to begin studies at the university shares a cross-country train excursion with Mae, an aspiring filmmaker with her heart set on earning a place in a prestigious training program.
Hugo was dumped by his long-time girlfriend. One of the “Surrey Six” sextuplets, he wants to establish his own identity.
Mae was devastated when her application to film school was declined. Her beloved Nana has serious health issues. She wonders: is this a good time to leave home?
Mae and Hugo create a documentary, interviewing the train’s passengers and recording each individual’s perspectives on love.
A charming romance filled with humor, heartbreak, and transcontinental travel.
The Field Guide to the North American Teenager
by Ben Philippe
Norris Kaplan, a black French-Canadian leaves all that is familiar and heads to the weird world of high school in Austin, Texas. The school’s counselor offers him a blank notebook. He decides to create a field guide, documenting high school life. He catalogs cheerleaders, athletes, and loners with biting insight, Kaplan carries the diary with him everywhere, skewering his classmates with his wit. Then he makes the mistake of showing his diary to a student. Mistake. Bad mistake.
Norris realizes that several of his initial assessments are not only inaccurate, but cruel. The cheerleader is more than a “laboratory engineered little bag of evil.”
The tall rich kid who wants to play ice hockey has a pain-filled history.
Norris has misjudged his classmates. It may be too late to repair the damage that his notebook has caused.
The Line Tender
by Kate Allen
Lucy Everhart lives in a small town on the Massachusetts Coast. Her father is a member of the Salem Police dive team. Her mother, a marine biologist with a special interest in sharks died five years ago of a brain aneurysm. Lucy and her next-door neighbor Fred are inseparable companions. Recently they undertook a monumental summer project: creating a field guide to document Rockport animals. Fred, the detail-oriented science nerd writes the copy. Lucy illustrates.
A shark is caught off the coast and brought ashore. Lucy is baffled and intrigued. She wants to learn more about sharks in order to precisely enter the fish into the field guide.
Without warning, Fred dies in a tragic drowning accident.
Lucy’s narrative is raw, painful, and honest. Her struggles to make sense of the deaths of her friend and her mother are revealed in simple details. Her voice is one of wonder, hope and small moments of joy.