Our goddess of Children's Services, Maria, is raving about a YA novel, Whale Talk, by Chris Crutcher. She listened to the audio and says it had her on the edge of her seat. The story begins as the story of a group of misfit kids who form a swim team, The Cutter All Night Mermen. But the tale spins into far more than an us-against-them adolescent tale.
Lots of buzz these days on great writing and original concepts in YA lit. Maria says this is a book to put high on your list.