Mosquitoland - David Arnold

Join 16-year-old Mim Malone as she travels 947 miles from Mississippi to Ohio back to her real mother and her real home. David Arnold’s debut novel Mosquitoland (Viking, $17.99) is fast paced and captivating. Arnold weaves friendship, betrayal, self-discovery, empowerment and love into Mim’s story, introducing various characters along her journey. Deftly capturing the emotional highs and lows, the instability and unpredictability that characterizes not only mental illness but life in general, Arnold skillfully brings closure to multiple storylines while leaving enough unanswered questions to allow for discussion among readers with differing perspectives. Ages 14-17. Donna Wells