The pitch: Ever since her grandma died, Ruby has felt like everything’s wrong. She’s hoping her birthday wish will set things right at her town’s founding day parade. The review: Let me say up front that I loooove Urban’s A Crooked Kind of Perfect. One of my favorite MG books ever. My … Continue reading →
The pitch: After enduring two years of abuse, Judith escapes her kidnapper and returns home. Damaged and shunned by her community, including the man she’s always loved, she must find a way to start to heal. The review: Outstanding. The spare prose carries along this creepy tale of a town … Continue reading →
The pitch: In a last-ditch attempt to save their friendship, Zach, Poppy, and Alice go on a road trip led by a ghost. A relatable friendship story with a lot of adventure and just a little bit of creepiness. The review: I loved this! Like When You Reach Me, it can be … Continue reading →
Tana wakes up in a bathtub after a party to find that all her friends have been slaughtered by vampires. Except her ex, Aidan, who is infected with the vampire virus but not changed yet, and Gavriel, the mysterious vampire chained up with him. Tana springs them both and heads … Continue reading →
It always makes me uncomfortable when I feel so negatively about something everyone else seems to love. Everyone’s showering Winger with words like “heartbreaking,” “hilarious,” and “best book I read all year.” I definitely did not feel that way, so I feel like I need to add my thoughts to the … Continue reading →
Every five years the futuristic enclosed city of Palmares Tres, in what was Brazil, elects a summer king. He is beautiful and beloved — and at the end of his year, he is sacrificed to choose a new Queen. Best friends June and Gil have never questioned this custom until … Continue reading →
Yesterday I visited the new Boston Tea Party Museum with two friends (also current or former teachers). For $25, you get a one-hour guided tour/theatrical experience. You attend (and maybe participate) in the Sons of Liberty meeting where they decided to destroy the tea; tour the tea ship (and maybe … Continue reading →
14 years ago today, bitter at watching my college classmates rush about with roses and flush with the internet’s possibilities for emotional oversharing, I started a “web journal.” Now my blog is a teenager, who appears to be doing the bloggy equivalent of “How was school today, honey?” Grunt I’m … Continue reading →
This book is a step on the road to understanding some important middle school truths: The guy who’s a weirdo but having a good time is way more fun to hang out with than the guy who’s too cool for everything you enjoy. Girls aren’t aliens. (And the corollary, neither … Continue reading →
Each of these is attractive, and stands out from its genre crowd (at least a little bit) while still giving a clear sense of that genre. Points to Have a Nice Day for ironic title-image juxtaposition, and to Summer of the Mariposas for riffing on the backlit-ladies cover in a way that nevertheless tells me something specific about both the plot and tone.
Eve & Adam is way too much like Cinderto be truly original, but Cinder was totally original and this is the first copycat I’ve seen, so I’ll take it.
As for Supergirl Mixtapes, I adore the cover and the title, but since my students have never encountered a “mixtape” in their lives, I have to suspect that I am the target audience — ie., women in their mid-thirties who read YA. I guess that’s a burgeoning audience in its own right!
The opinions here are mine, and do not necessarily reflect those of my school. Also, even when I review books for younger kids, these posts are written for older teens and adults. In other words, I swear sometimes. Don't get upset.