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Genre: Novel-in-Verse | Date added: February 11, 2014
October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard
By Lesléa Newman

OCTOBER MOURNING is a novel-in-verse that explores the impact of Matthew Shepard's murder on the world. In 1998, Matthew Shepard, a gay college student attending the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, robbed, beaten, tied to a fence and left to die. This book explores the hate crime through a variety of voices including the fence Matthew Shepard was tied to, the stars that watched over him, and a deer that kept him company throughout the night.

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Lesléa, Massachusetts |
The poems are very accessible and easy to understand. The book is a quick read. The poems consist of very sparse language.
The book does discuss a very violent crime, but the language is not graphic. However the book does ask the reader to imagine being there on the night of the murder, which can definitely be upsetting.

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Genre: Young Adult Fiction | Date added: February 2, 2014
Winter Girls
By Laurie Halse Anderson

Reality of anorexia problems and how dangerous it can be for young teenagers.

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Terilyn, Colorado |
It got me hooked because it is a real world problem for teens. Even though I don't deal with it myself, I can relate to my students better.

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