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Review: Bright Before Sunrise

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Bright Before Sunrise by Tiffany Schmidt. Walker Books, an imprint of Bloomsbury. 2014. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: Is it possible for one night to make a difference in a person’s life? Jonah and Brighton are about to find out. The Good: First things first: I loved this book. I loved Jonah and Brighton, separate [...]

Review: Imprisoned

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Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans During World War II by Martin W. Sandler. Walker Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Bloomsbury. 2013. Review copy from publisher. YALSA Nonfiction Finalist. It’s About: The United States entered World War II after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The history of the Japanese [...]

Review: In Darkness

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In Darkness by Nick Lake. Bloomsbury. 2012. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: A young man is trapped in darkness: one minute he is in his hospital bed, the next the building is rubble around him and he is alive but there is no way out. He will tell you a story, his story, of how he [...]

Review: Kiki Strike The Darkness Dwellers

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Kiki Strike: The Darkness Dwellers by Kirsten Miller. Bloomsbury USA. 2013. Review copy from publisher. Sequel to Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City and Kiki Strike: The Empress’s Tomb. The Plot: Kiki is back, along with Ananka (the narrator) and the other Irregulars: Luz, Oona, Betty and DeeDee. Inside the Shadow City told how the gang got [...]

Review: Kiki Strike The Empress’s Tomb

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Kiki Strike: The Empress’s Tomb by Kirsten Miller. Bloomsbury USA. 2007. Review copy from publisher. Sequel to Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City. The Plot: In Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City, Kiki assembled the Irregulars, a group of disgraced former Girl Scouts who all have extraordinary talents and skills. Together, these fourteen year olds discovered [...]

Review: Kiki Strike Inside the Shadow City

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Back in 2006, I reviewed Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City by Kirsten Miller (Bloomsbury USA 2006). The sequel, Kiki Strike: The Empress’s Tomb, was published in 2007. The third book, Kiki Strike: The Darkness Dwellers is coming out January 2013. Bloomsbury is reissuing the first two books, with new covers (first image is the original, the [...]

Review: Small Town Sinners

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Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker. Bloomsbury. 2011. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: Lacey Anne Byer is a good girl from a good family. She’s sixteen, looking forward to getting her drivers license, spending more time with her best friends Starla Joy and Dean, and getting (hopefully!) a lead role in her church’s Hell House. [...]

Review: Jenna & Jonah’s Fauxmance

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Jenna & Jonah’s Fauxmance by Emily Franklin & Brendan Halpin. Walker Books for Young Readers, a division of Bloomsbury Publishing. 2011. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: Who doesn’t love the hit TV show, Jenna & Jonah’s How to Be a Rock Star? It’s on the Family Network, and it’s so fun, especially how [...]

Review: Fallen Grace

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Fallen Grace by Mary Hooper. Bloomsbury. 2011. Reviewed from ARC from ALA. The Plot: London, 1861. Grace and Lily Parkes, two teenaged orphans, have little and keep losing the little they have. Despite it all — despite the poverty, the hunger, the work — Grace and Lily have each other. The bond between the sisters [...]

Review: Hush

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Hush by Eishes Chayil. Walker, a division of Bloomsbury. 2010. Review copy from publisher. The Plot: Gittel is a teenager, preparing to graduate High School, get married, get a job. She is haunted by memories of her childhood friend, Devory. When they were both nine, Devory hanged herself in the bathroom of Gittel’s house. Now [...]