April 9, 2021

Think you know books?

Which one starts like this? Click on a book below to answer

I don't know if what I remember is what happened or just how I imagine it happened now I'm old enough to tell stories. I've read about this thing called childhood amnesia. It means we can't remember anything from when we were really small because before three years old we haven't practised the skill of remembering enough to be able to do it very well. 
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac
Gabrielle Zevin

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac

By: Gabrielle Zevin
Recommended for grade(s): 8, 9, 10

If Naomi had picked tails, she would have won the coin toss. She wouldn't have had to go back for the yearbook camera, and she wouldn't have hit her head on the steps. She wouldn't have woken up in an ambulance with amnesia. She certainly would have remembered her boyfriend, Ace. She might even have remembered why she fell in love with him in the first place. She would understand why her best friend, Will, keeps calling her "Chief." She'd get all his inside jokes, and maybe he wouldn't be so frustrated with her for forgetting things she can't possibly remember. She'd know about her mom's new family. She'd know about her dad's fiancée. She wouldn't have to spend her junior year relearning all the French she supposedly knew already. She never would have met James, the boy with the questionable past and the even fuzzier future, who tells her he once wanted to kiss her. She wouldn't have wanted to kiss him back. But Naomi picked heads. —from the website at Macmillan

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Apple and Rain
Sarah Crossan

Apple and Rain

By: Sarah Crossan
Recommended for grade(s): 6, 7

When Apple's mother returns after eleven years of absence, Apple feels almost whole again. In order to heal completely, her mother will have to answer one burning question: Why did she abandon her? But just like the stormy Christmas Eve when she left, her mother's homecoming is bittersweet. It's only when Apple meets her younger sister, Rain-someone more lost than she is- that she begins to see things for how they really are, allowing Apple to discover something that might help her to feel truly whole again. --from Bloomsbury Publishing.

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Escape From Memory
Margaret Peterson Haddix

Escape From Memory

By: Margaret Peterson Haddix
Recommended for grade(s): 7, 8

While playing around with hypnotism at a party, Kira remembers fleeing a war-torn country with her mother, speaking a language she can't identify. A few days later her mother disappears, and a woman who calls herself Kira's aunt Memory takes Kira to Crythe, a country that doesn't officially exist, in order to rescue her — or so she says. Kira soon learns that Aunt Memory is not what she seems, and Kira and her mother are both in terrible danger. There are memories locked in Kira's mind that could get her and her mother killed. But those memories are the only things that might save them. —from the website of Simon & Schuster

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Stranger Things Happen
Kelly Link

Stranger Things Happen

By: Kelly Link
Recommended for grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12

This first collection by award-winning author Kelly Link takes fairy tales and cautionary tales, dictators and extraterrestrials, amnesiacs and honeymooners, revenants and readers alike, on a voyage into new, strange, and wonderful territory. The girl detective must go to the underworld to solve the case of the tap-dancing bank robbers. A librarian falls in love with a girl whose father collects artificial noses. A dead man posts letters home to his estranged wife. Two women named Louise begin a series of consecutive love affairs with a string of cellists. A newly married couple become participants in an apocalyptic beauty pageant. Sexy blond aliens invade New York City. A young girl learns how to make herself disappear. These eleven extraordinary stories are quirky, spooky, and smart. They all have happy endings. Every story contains a secret prize. Each story was written especially for you. --From Small Beer Press

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