Top 3 Right Now: J. Marin Younker

This week we are featuring local author J. M. Younker who used to be one of our own Sno-Isle librarians! Her awesome (and gross!) book, Blister, Bleed, Puke and Purge: The Dirty Secrets Behind Early American Medicine was released last year.

Fun Fact: Twice, when my kiddos’ were sick, I caught their barf which is how I caught norovirus. Good times. Perhaps I should’ve worn the above pictured home remodeling outfit to avoid catching the plague.

My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier

Will the move to New York City finally reveal to Che’s parents that his sister, Rosa, is not just playing at naughty, but is literally a psychopath? Creepy, tense, and maddening, Che’s struggle to be normal amongst his dysfunctional family is a story that lingers in your mind long after you’re done reading.

Blood, Bullets, and Bones: The Story of Forensic Science from Sherlock Holmes to DNA by Bridget Heos

Fingerprints are unique. Humans shed around 100 hairs a day. The slash of a knife wound indicates whether the perpetrator was right or left-handed. Blood spray from a gunshot shows the shooter’s position. Not for the faint of stomach, Heos tells the tale of how solving crimes evolved, using all the clues to (sometimes) catch the criminal.

Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team by Steve Sheinkin

Before the Carlisle Indian School, a barbaric institution during the late 1800s and early 1900s that attempted to remove the “savage” from Native American children across the county, football was a game of brute force and slugging. There’s no need to be a football fan to enjoy this fascinating story of how one of the greatest athletes in the world, Jim Thorpe, and his Native American teammates changed football into a clever game of forward passes, tricky plays, and finesse. The many historical photos are both fantastic and heartbreaking.

Thanks, J. M.! These all sound fantastic!

If you would like to be featured on our T3RN, email and include:

  • The titles of the three books that teens would enjoy (they can be published for any age group).
  • One or two sentences describing what it is about each book that has you in its grip right now.
  • A photo of yourself.  We like wacky!

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