The Girl from the Well
Chupeco’s powerful debut is a ghost story based on an old Japanese folk tale about a vengeful spirit named Okiku. Murdered 300 years ago at age 16, she has roamed the world ever since, freeing the souls of murdered children and taking the lives of their killers. When Okiku encounters 15-year-old Tark Halloway, she discovers that he's haunted by a terrifying spirit who’s capable of great violence. She knows that he is not a monster and the two soon become friends as they travel to Japan to figure out Tark’s story. Okiku is determined to remove the malevolent spirit but there's just one problem: if the demon dies, so does Tark!
Neri’s (Ghetto Cowboy, 2011) gritty, urban drama is partially inspired by real events. After her parents separate, 15-year- old Erica finds herself in a rougher neighborhood and school than she's used to and her only refuge is the video camera her father gave her. She falls under the influence of a charismatic boy known as Kalvin, the Knockout King, and starts filming the activities of his "TKO" club, a gang who assault random passersby with the intention of knocking them out. As the group becomes increasingly out of control, with eventual fatal results, Erica struggles to escape the club and Kalvin's tightening grip.
Hopkins' popular novels in verse (Smoke, 2013) have covered a wide range of topics and here she focuses on faith through the voice of cynical high-school senior Matthew Turner. His family is in shambles following the death of his gay younger brother who was bullied into suicide. Matt's so-called friends are no help and turn their backs when things get tough. To make matters worse, his beautiful and very religious girlfriend, Hayden, is drawn to her church’s dynamic young minister. When a horrific event plunges Matt into a dark, silent place, he hears a rumble that wakes him up; calling everything he’s ever disbelieved into question.
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