Hope and Other Punchlines by Julie Buxbaum
Julie Buxbaum writes Young Adult novels that appeal not just to younger readers, but adults as well, tackling tough issues with intelligence and grace. In Hope and Other Punchlines, she takes on 9/11 through the lens of two teens who were personally touched by the tragedy. Abbi is Baby Hope, the subject of the photograph that most people associate with 9/11. But she'd rather you didn't recognize her, thank you very much. Noah Stern has a connection to that photograph, and if he's going to find out what he needs to know, he's going to need Abbi's help. Told in alternating chapters, Hope and Other Punchlines is a smart, thoughtful story about out how our pasts inform our presents.
Release date: May 7