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Bellweather Rhapsody

Bellweather Rhapsody

A mystery that takes place during a high school music festival set in an old resort hotel during a snowstorm? The Bellweather is certainly less terrifying than The Overlook of The Shining fame, but it holds its own secrets–especially room 712. In the introduction to her novel’s playlist on Largehearted Boy, Kate Racculia shares that she played the bassoon […]

Victorian Violence

Robert Louis Stevenson published The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in 1886, and the next year Arthur Conan Doyle published A Study in Scarlet, the first novel to feature Sherlock Holmes–both works set in the heart of London. And in September of 1888, the serial killer known as Jack the Ripper began […]

Weekly Reviews: Setting

The Fever Tree

We write a lot about genre and the types of books that teens enjoy reading. But what about setting? Do teen readers care about sinking into the setting of a book? This is an element that teens rarely mention when they share what they enjoy reading, or how much they liked a particular book. But […]

The Year of the Gadfly

The Year of the Gadfly

Jennifer Miller’s debut novel is funny and suspenseful, yet sad and hard to read at times. When a school’s secret society begins taking pranks way too far, students aren’t the only ones who get hurt. Iris Dupont, a brilliant loner, is in the middle of it all, using her investigative journalism skills (including advice from […]

Blue Asylum

Blue Asylum

Kathy Hepinstall’s latest is an unusual Civil War-era novel that combines the appeal of historical fiction, romance, and suspense. Iris is a happy young woman who comes of age knowing the luxury of marrying a man who truly interests her. Unfortunately, life with her new husband brings Iris face to face with the ugliness of slavery. […]

The Dolphin in the Mirror

Dolphin in the Mirror

Teen animal-lovers will flock to share Diana Reiss’s passion for dolphins. Show them the Dolphin and the Mirror Experiment on YouTube, and watch the dolphins realize that they are looking at a reflection of themselves. Reiss is currently the director of Dolphin Research at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, and was an adviser on the […]

The Maid: A Novel of Joan of Arc

The Maid

Today we review Kimberly Cutter’s exciting historical fiction debut. Although Joan of Arc’s story has been told many times before, Cutter’s telling is particularly accessible, dramatic, and exciting for modern audiences. Jehanne is an uneducated, young teenager growing up in a small French village, and we experience her story from the beginning, from her point […]