Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mother's Day

It's Mother's Day. Here are some books where the mother/child relationship takes center stage.


The White Bicycle by Beverly Brennan. Taylor Jane is spending the summer in France with her mother, her mother's boyfriend, and his two children. She's being payed to be a personal care assistant for one of the boys, who has cerebral palsy. Taylor Jane is on the autism spectrum and sees this job, and this summer, as crucial in gaining independence from her mother, who Taylor thinks it too over-protective.

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. This collection of related short stories examines the relationship between four Chinese women living and San Francisco and their Chinese-American daughters. Published for adults, this one has high teen appeal.

You Never Did Learn to Knock: 14 Stories About Girls and Their Mothers selected by Bel Mooney. This collection of stories includes ones by Candice Ransom, Cathy Hopkins, Adele Geras, and 11 others.


Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott. Danielle and her mother are thieves, moving to a town, finding the mark, carrying out the heist, and moving on. When they reach the town of Heaven though, Dani does everything she's not supposed to, like make friends, and isn't sure she can continue to follow her mother's wishes.

Bitter Melon by Cara Chow. Frances's mother has laid out her life for her, Frances just has to do it-- get into Berkeley and become a doctor. But when Frances takes speech class and discovers a new talent, one her mother wouldn't approve of, what can she do?

Out of The Easy by Ruta Septys. In the 1950s, in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Josie is planning her escape. Her mother is a prostitute, and she hears the whispers behind her back. But then her mother gets her mixed up with murder investigation and Josie is caught in her own web of secrets and lies.


Flyaway by Helen Landalf. Stevie's entire life has revolved caring for, and covering up, her mother and her mother's addiction to Crystal Meth. When her mother disappears and she's forced to move in with her Aunt Mindy, Stevie starts to get her own life on track, just in time for her mother to show up again.

The Poison Apples by Lily Archer. Three girls sent to boarding school bond over their evil step-mothers. They form a club to get revenge on the women who have ruined their lives, only to find that not everything is they way they see it.

Between Mom and Jo by Julie Anne Peters. When Nick's moms' relationship hits the skids, he's not sure who to turn to. Nick's pain goes beyond other divorce stories because Jo is not biologically related to Nick and when she moves out, she has no legal recourse for partial custody or even access to him.

What are your favorite YA books about mothers?

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