Category Archives: Book Review

“Winger”, a funny (and at times heartbreaking) novel from a 14-year-old guy’s POV and “Strands of Bronze and Gold” – a retelling of Bluebeard. Don’t miss either one!

I’ve not finished either book, but I’m so enthralled by both of these novels that I didn’t want to wait to share. Although they’re nothing alike, they’re both making me lose sleep because I want to keep reading, and so … Continue reading

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My Favorite Five of Summer… (okay, really just my favorite Five of May/June)

I was asked to list five teen books that I’d recommend for Teen Summer Reading Program for a local magazine article. I’ve read quite a few great books this year, and so it was difficult to narrow down the list. I … Continue reading

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Engaging novel about a teen standing trial for murder

Crush. Candy. Corpse. by Sylvia McNicoll; published 9/1/12; ISBN 9781459400627. In Crush. Candy. Corpse., high school senior Sunny is just trying to find a volunteer opportunity to meet graduation requirements. When she’s not allowed to count volunteering at a hair salon … Continue reading

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The Next J. K. Rowling? Forbes to highlight new author in July; “The Bone Season” premieres Aug 20

I usually try to keep my posts focused on either teen book reviews or emerging technology topics, but it’s fun to see stories about up-and-coming authors, if only to be reminded that the past-time of reading is still going strong. … Continue reading

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Rick Yancey’s “5th Wave” – If you pick it up, you’ll not want to put it down

5th Wave by Rick Yancey; Pub date May 7, 2013; 978-0399162411. I was glad to see that the suggested age group listed in the Product Details section for Rick Yancey’s 5th Wave was “12 and up”, because I imagine there will be scads of adults who’ll love … Continue reading

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Starla and Eula – a beautiful pair (Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall)

Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall [9781476707723] Pub Date July 2, 2013; ARC received from NetGalley Starla, a nine-year old girl with red hair and a temper to match when she encounters injustice, has continually been told she’s nothing but … Continue reading

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Sea Change by S. M. Wheeler (YA Fantasy)

A brand new release, I’ve not yet read this book but wanted to share because it seems such a promising fairytale adventure…I’m always enticed by a good fairytale. The following quote is a mashup of three separate reviews that hopefully … Continue reading

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Fanastic Sports Read for Teens Girls and Guys: Shredded by Karen Avivi

I know nothing about BMX bike-riding, so I wasn’t sure if this book would hold my interest. I’m happy to report that Karen Avivi has created a thoroughly enjoyable (and educational) story. Through Josie’s eyes, we see how much courage … Continue reading

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2013 Top Teen Reads Nominations – YALSA

Readers of ages 12-18 can vote online from Aug 15 to Sep 15 @ http://www.ala.org/yalsa/reads4teens Teen bookfinder app: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/products/teenbookfinder Link to pdf of the 28 nominated titles: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/sites/ala.org.yalsa/files/content/teenreading/teenstopten/2013%20TTT%20Nominations.pdf Video of the 28 nominated titles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPgBooghc5E&feature=player_embedded    

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Book Review: “The Charisma Myth” by Olivia Fox Cabane

The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism by Olivia Fox Cabane My rating: 4 of 5 stars So far, this book has been incredible in making me aware of how to best present … Continue reading

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