We got a fantastic new YA title from Ueberreuter which got a lot of attention over the last few weeks.
FOR YOUR EYES ONLY by Carolin Philipps (14+, 144pp)
SEXTING and its impact on current social media.
Encourages an awareness for sharing private data on Whats-App, Facebook, etc.
Lilly can’t believe it. Finally she is together with Jannis. But soon she worries when Jannis leaves with his graduating class for Majorca. Along is Jannis’s ex-friend, Jennifer, who is clear that she wants Jannis back at any price. So Lilly decides to send Jannis some sexy photos while he is on the trip. At first her plans seems to work, as Jannis sends her a longing message. The next day the same photos appear on Facebook with disastrous impact…Lilly is ridiculed by her entire school for posting the photos.
This is an important and worldwide relevant topic and teenagers need to be aware of the danger they can put themselves into. Carolin Philipps has written a number of ‘problem’ books for Ueberreuter Verlag. Please get in touch for further details.
Another highlight by our favourite Katrin Zipse!
A dark, literary young adult novel, The Checksum of Love is the haunting tale of a teenager who finds her first love as she tries to unravel the mystery of her father’s death. Fifteen-year-old Luzie lives with her mother and her half-brother in a town close to the Karwendel mountains. Her father, a painter, died in a mountaineering accident in the Alps when she was five. Her mother is preoccupied with her new boyfriend, leaving Luzie feeling unloved and alone. Desperately looking for stability and predictability in her life, Luzie calculates the totals of dates or random numbers she encounters: even numbers predict a good day and odd numbers a bad day. Luzie is beset by hazy memories of her past but tries to fight the flashbacks. Luzie senses that there is more to her father’s death than meets the eye; her mother shuts Luzie’s questions down but she has to know what happened. In the course of her investigations she embarks on a life-changing relationship with her first love and reveals some uncomfortable family truths. The Checksum of Love is a fast-paced, suspenseful narrative which will have readers on the edge of their seats. (Source: New Books in German)
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I wish you all a Happy New Year and all the best for 2015! I hope you had a nice break! I used the time to read a lot and there is one title which I couldn’t put away and really enjoyed.
GLÜCKSDRACHENZEIT / Time of the Lucky Dragon by Katrin Zipse (12+)
Not just the cover is a real treat and makes you want to pick it up immediately, the story is exciting, touching and a fantastic read. I finished it in one go and couldn’t put it aside. It’s a mix of a coming-of-age story of a young girl who has to learn to be independent from her brother, and a road trip with a similar feel to it as Wolfgang Herrndorf’s Tschick which has won the German Literature Award 2011 and has been translated into several languages.
Nellie’s older brother one day decides to leave his family and set out to France to start his own life. Nellie who is very close to him, cannot accept this and decides to follow him to Avignon. On her way she meets a lot of interesting people and gradually develops into an independent confident young girl who makes her own decisions and her own way in life.
The extent is 272 pages and it’s easy to translate. The road trip is through Germany, Switzerland and France and Nellie is a strong and easy to identify with character. Please get in touch if this might be interesting for you! I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.