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Permanent Record by Leslie Stella

permanent recordPermanent Record

by Leslie Stella

Badi Hessamizadeh has just voluntarily left his public high school because his solution to ending the everyday, intense bullying he experienced was to blow up a toilet. Badi’s reputation as a terrorist after the toilet explosion, has made the bullying against him unbearable. So, Badi’s father changed his name– now Badi is known as Bud Hess– and transferred Badi to a private academy. Can life be different for Badi, now Bud, at his new school or will he face the same prejudices as before?

Permanent Record is a pretty compelling read, not only because it deals with the issue of racial profiling and bullying, but also because Badi is a flawed character.  He doesn’t make the right decisions, and while at first it is hard to understand Badi’s reasoning for acting out, as you continue reading you get to know Badi.  You understand that he is struggling with anxiety and depression, and the bullying that he has to endure at school is horrible.  Added to all of his struggles is that Badi has as Iranian-American is a post-911 world.  I was surprised at how much this book moved me, and also how much I got to know the character of Badi and his struggles.  By the end of the novel, I didn’t expect it to end the way that it did, but now I can think of no way that I would have rather it ended.  If you are in the mood for a realistic and thought-provoking read, you should definitely pick up Permanent Record.  Click here to find it in the Library!

permanent record event

Permanent Record is also this year’s Suburban Mosaic Teen Novel.  To learn more about the Suburban Mosaic Reading program, which “seeks to confront issues of racial and social justice and promote cross-cultural understanding through literature”, then click here to be directed to the website.  To celebrate the selection of Permanent Record as the 2014 Suburban Mosaic Teen Novel, the Library will be hosting An Evening with Leslie Stella on Monday, September 15.  Leslie Stella will talk about her novel, writing, and there will also be a book signing.  Click here to register for the program and find out more information.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on September 9, 2014 Categories: Award Winning, Bullying, Fiction, Guys Reads, High School, Issues, Multicultural, Realistic Fiction, Staff Pics

Book Trailer of the Week– Cold Calls by Charles Benoit

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Cold Calls by Charles Benoit.  Three teens are being blackmailed to carry out very specific types of  bullying against their classmates.  If they don’t go along with the mysterious caller’s demands, the horrible secrets they have been hiding will be revealed.  However, when Shelly, Eric, and Fatima all figure out that they are being blackmailed in the same way, they decide to band together to try and figure out who is blackmailing them and to try and stop them.  Click here to find Cold Calls in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on July 11, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Book Trailer, Bullying, Fiction, Mystery

Book Trailer of the Week– This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

This week’s book trailer of the week is for This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales.  Elise has always been an outcast, no matter how hard she tries to fit it.  On one particular bad day, where she just feels like there is no hope, she attempts suicide.  Realizing that she is not serious about trying to end her life, Elise just keeps on going through the motions until she discovers and hidden dance club.  It is there that something sparks inside of her.  Always having a love of music, Elise discovers new friends and even a love interest.  Things are easy navigating this new scene, but Elise slowly becomes more comfortable in herself who she wants to be.  Click here to find This Song Will Save Your Life in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on June 20, 2014 Categories: Book Trailer, Bullying, Fiction, Issues, Music, Realistic Fiction

Book Trailer of the Week– Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina.  Piddy just changed schools and, only a few weeks into the new school year, she is told that Yaqui Delgado is going to kick her ass.  Piddy has no idea why Yaqui has a grudge against her; she doesn’t even know the girl.  As the bullying increases Piddy does not know what to do to make it stop or even why it started.  All she knows is that she has to avoid Yaqui Delagado at all costs, because no one is going to help her out.  Click here to find Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on May 23, 2014 Categories: Book Trailer, Bullying, Fiction, High School, Realistic Fiction