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  • Learning to Swear in America, Katie Kennedy
    Bloomsbury USA Children's Books/Bloomsbury, 9781619639096, July 5, 2016 (Young Adult)

    Learning to Swear in America is a tale of firsts. This will be the first time in the U.S. for Yuri, his first time making friends, his first time kissing a girl, his first time swearing in English, and, oh, his first time saving the entire planet from destruction.Through Yuri’s perfectly written voice, Kennedy tells the story of a fledgling teen finally getting the chance to be a kid.”

    -Janelle Smith, Auntie’s Bookstore (Spokane, WA)

    “When a major asteroid threatens the West Coast, NASA scientists bring in 17-year-old Dr. Yuri Strelnikov, a Russian physicist who they hope will help deflect the asteroid and save not only the West Coast but the entire earth. Dovie, a local girl, and her family befriend Yuri and try to help him be a ‘normal’ 17-year-old. Yuri accidently learns that he will not be allowed to return to Russia if they successfully stop the asteroid, and Dovie and her family try to help him escape to Canada. After much planning and luck, Yuri steps into Canada, but knows that saving his friends’ lives once again is so much more important than saving his own.” 

    -Kathy Taber, Kids Ink Children’s Bookstore (Indianapolis, IN)

    “Stopping an asteroid that is about to destroy the West Coast is no problem for Yuri, a 17-year-old physics prodigy from Russia, but learning to talk with and fit in with American teenagers?  Now that is hard! I loved this book. Yuri is such a likeable character and you can’t help but cheer him on as he tries to make friends for the first time, goes to his first high school dance, and, of course, tries to save the world. A great summer read sure to appeal to teens.” 

    -Lisa Nehs, Books & Company (Oconomowoc, WI)

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