The Orange Houses (YA)
YA realistic fiction, this book is told in alternating chapters from the point of view of three characters, Mik, Fatima and Jimmy. Mik is a teenage girl trying to deal with her deafness. Fatima is an illegal immigrant who befriends Mik. Jimmy is a young veteran dealing with post-traumatic stress. All three live in the same apartment project--the orange houses. Their lives interconnect in ways that will shock the reader. This book is gritty at times but is a good, quick read. I think both boy and girl readers would enjoy it. I borrowed this book from the public library. It was on the book list for a Young Adult Literature class I am taking.