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Review: White Devil


White Devil by Justin Evans. HarperCollins. 2011. Personal copy. Part of my Holiday Reads for Grown Up series; and what better book to pick than one that is not just a ghost story, but is a haunted boarding school story? The Plot: American Andrew Taylor has been sent to an exclusive British boarding school, Harrow, […]

Review: Out of Reach


Out of Reach by Carrie Arcos. Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. 2012. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: Rachel, sixteen, is on a mission. To find her older brother, Micah. Micah, 18, is a meth addict. One night, he didn’t come home. When Rachel gets an email saying Micah is in Ocean […]

Oh, Sandy

My posting schedule for the next week or so may be a bit off, because of Hurricane Sandy. So, just a head’s up in case the content here is light for the coming week to ten days.

Review: Yesterday


Yesterday by C.K. Kelly Martin. Random House. 2012. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: 2063. Freya Kallas is sixteen, locked in her room, while something terrible happens with her brother. She struggles as she is forcibly evacuated, crying out for her brother, hating her father, wishing for her mother to do something. The Toxo […]

Review: The Infects


The Infects by Sean Beaudoin. Candlewick Press. 2012. Review from ARC from publisher. The Plot: So, Nick Sole is working at plant that produces fast food chicken. It’s a dead end job, but he’s not really a slacker — he has to help support his family, since his mom left, his dad doesn’t do much […]

Review: Goblin Secrets


Goblin Secrets by William Alexander. Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. 2012. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: Rownie is one of “grandchildren” of the witch, Graba, children she’s collected to run her errands. His mother is dead; his older brother, Rowan, brought Rownie to Graba knowing the shelter she offered […]

Review: Never Fall Down


Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick. Balzer & Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins. 2012. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: Cambodia, 1975. Arn, eleven, lives with his sisters and brother. The family is poor, yes, but they are close and have each other. The are about to lose even that. The Khmer Rouge seize power. […]

Flashback October 2005

I’m flashing back to reviews from years past. Here is what I was reviewing in October 2005. Down the Rabbit Hole: An Echo Falls Mystery by Peter Abrahams. My review: “Ingrid Levin-Hill is 13, loves soccer and acting, and is impatiently waiting for one of her busy parents to pick her up at the orthodontist. […]

Review: The FitzOsbornes at War


The FitzOsbornes at War, the Montmaray Journals, Book III by Michelle Cooper. Knopf Books for Young Readers. 2012. Sequel to Sequel to A Brief History of Montmaray and The FitzOsbornes in Exile. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: Life in Great Britain during World War II, as told by Sophie FitzOsborne. The FitzOsborne story began in the mid 1930s in A Brief History […]

National Book Awards Finalists

One of my obsessions that has developed in the past few years is reading every one of the National Book Award Nominations for Young People’s Literature before the Award is announced. Those who are unfamiliar with the NBA can check out their website. Very briefly: judges who are authors select a shortlist of finalists, announced […]