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Wings: A Novel of World War II Flygirls

Wings

Karl Friedrich’s first novel is about the women who participated in the World War II WASP (Women Air Service Pilots) program. A colorful cast of secondary characters, including a villain determined to ground our heroine, helps bring the story alive. Here’s a post from the author explaining the origin of his interest in the topic. He [...]

The Fates Will Find Their Way

Fates Will Find Their Way

Today I wanted to present a book that is still up in the air for me. I read it and passed it on to John Sexton for a second opinion. He wrote the review, which gets the book exactly right — you might want to read it before continuing with my musings. For me, the [...]

Spiral

Spiral

It is always a huge pleasure to find a fabulous thriller with teen appeal. Spiral is receiving rave reviews all around; comparisons have been made to Michael Crichton at his best. Film rights have been optioned. And the author knows his science. Paul McEuen is the Goldwin Smith Professor of Physics at Cornell University and [...]

Big Girl Small

Big Girl Small

Rachel DeWoskin offers up a coming-of-age novel narrated by a creative, talented teenager who transitions into attending a performing arts school. Big Girl Small is also about teen sex and privacy issues in a world of ubiquitous video cameras and smartphones. Judy’s voice is smart and funny, even as she faces some dark days. DEWOSKIN, [...]

So Much Pretty

So Much Pretty

Cara Hoffman has written an intriguing, tangled puzzle of a novel that defies categorization, and the excitement surrounding it is contagious. It seems like every day for the last two weeks I have seen a different tweet, article, or rave for this book. It landed on Entertainment Weekly‘s Must List, and is today’s #fridayreads giveaway [...]

Regarding Ducks and Universes

Regarding Ducks and Universes

This humorous science fiction title mixes in mystery for natural appeal to young readers. Neve Maslakovic holds a Ph.D. from Stanford’s STAR (Space, Telecommunications, and Radioscience) Lab and is working on another science fiction novel as we speak. MASLAKOVIC, Neve. Regarding Ducks and Universes. 331p. AmazonEncore. 2011. Tr $13.95. ISBN 978-1935597346. LC number unavailable.   Adult/High [...]

Vietnamerica

Vietnamerica

GB Tran was born and raised in the United States. In this graphic memoir he returns to Vietnam to research his family’s history, especially their experiences of the Vietnam War and experiences adapting to life as immigrants living in the United States. The book trailer is a great introduction to the book and its author. TRAN, [...]

It Gets Better

It Gets Better

In September 2010, Dan Savage and Terry Miller posted a video on YouTube encouraging GLBT young people facing harassment and bullying to hope, to believe that life will get better. That first video spawned many, many others by celebrities and non-celebrities alike. If you haven’t visited yet, click over to the YouTube It Gets Better [...]

Spring Break Booktalks

Yesterday I had the opportunity to booktalk to our three 11th grade English classes. Although the last Friday before Spring Break may not be the ideal time to cover a class, I was thrilled to have the chance. The last time I booktalked to these same classes was right before Thanksgiving vacation, and you can [...]

Kings of Colorado

Kings of Colorado

Today it is my pleasure to present a review of Kings of Colorado, a book that has flown under the radar up to this point, despite strong reviews. There is a revealing conversation with David Hilton on the Simon & Schuster website. Hilton used to be a middle school teacher, so he knows young people. [...]