YA book review · Young Adult

The Competition by Cecily Wolfe

Originally appeared in School Library Journal, November 2018. Grade 7 & Up: A diverse cast of characters take part in the Penultimate, an Ohio state writing competition, where 100 teens battle for a full college scholarship. Mary Sofia (a Latina) lives in a shelter. Her mother blames her for the unforgettable, tragic night her abusive… Continue reading The Competition by Cecily Wolfe

YA book review · Young Adult

Purple Hearts by Michael Grant

Purple Hearts is the final book in the Front Lines trilogy by Michael Grant. This young adult historical fiction story takes place in 1944. Though the Battle of D-Day at Omaha Beach, the Battle of the Bulge, and the depiction of German death camps is written with historical accuracy, the one twist in the story… Continue reading Purple Hearts by Michael Grant

YA book review · Young Adult

Hide with Me by Sorboni Banerjee

Recently released in November 2018 by Razorbill, Hide With Me, a debut novel by Sorboni Banerjee, is a captivating YA thrill ride which I could hardly put down once I had started. Clearly I'm not a young adult, and I would recommend this for both teens and adults. This book has a bit of everything it… Continue reading Hide with Me by Sorboni Banerjee

YA book review · Young Adult

Till it Stops Beating by Hannah R. Goodman

Librarian Laura's Review Till it Stops Beating, a young adult realistic fiction from author Hannah R. Goodman tackles some very heavy themes including mental illness, alcoholism, sickness (cancer), and loss. The language and scenes are very mature, so I would not recommend it for readers under the age of 16. It is, however, a great book… Continue reading Till it Stops Beating by Hannah R. Goodman

YA book review · Young Adult

One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus

This is such a cool book. It's like a modern-day Breakfast Club with a twist - a murder investigation! Five students from Bayview High go into to detention and only four students make it out. There's Bronwyn, the brainiac who only has time to be successful, Addy, the beauty queen who prefers to be treated… Continue reading One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus

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Us In Progress by Lulu Delacre

I'm very fortunate to have received a complimentary copy (from the author) of Us In Progress by Lulu Delacre in exchange for a book review for Multicultural Children's Book Day. You can read all about MCBD below. Us in Progress is a middle grade fictional collection of short stories about young Latinos living in the… Continue reading Us In Progress by Lulu Delacre

YA book review · Young Adult

Blood and Ink by Stephen Davies

First appeared in School Library Journal, July 2017. Though both raised in the Fulani tribe, teens Ali and Kadi are like oil and water when their paths cross in the midst of political turmoil in their home of Timbuktu, Mali. Religiously strict Ali belongs to the Defenders of Faith, a branch of Al Queda. His current… Continue reading Blood and Ink by Stephen Davies

YA book review · Young Adult

Four Weeks, Five People by Jennifer Yu

Originally reviewed in School Library Journal, March 2017. Gr. 9 & Up - Yu's debut, realistic fiction young adult novel is set in upstate New York at Camp Ugunduzi, a wilderness therapy camp for troubled teens. The quickly-paced story is told in alternating points-of-view between five unique campers, just introduced and grouped together during the… Continue reading Four Weeks, Five People by Jennifer Yu

YA book review · Young Adult

Subject to Change by Karen Nesbitt

Review first appeared in School Library Journal, February, 2017. NESBITT, Karen. Subject to Change. 276p. Orca Book Publishers. Feb. 2017. $14.95. ISBN 9781459811461. Gr 9 & Up -In Nesbitt's debut realistic fiction novel, readers come face-to-face with Declan, a teen living in Quebec and dealing with major family issues. Told through Declan's (at times) vulgar point of view,… Continue reading Subject to Change by Karen Nesbitt

YA book review · Young Adult

The Heartbeats of Wing Jones by Katherine Weber

Review first appeared in School Library Journal, January 2017. WEBBER, Katherine. The Heartbeats of Wing Jones. 336p. Delacorte Press. Mar. 2017. $17.99. ISBN 9780399555022. Gr 8 Up - Set in 1990's Atlanta, this coming-of-age story is realistic fiction with a touch of magical realism, is full of diverse and strong female characters. Bullied for her looks,… Continue reading The Heartbeats of Wing Jones by Katherine Weber