Review: All the Truth That’s in Me, by Julie Berry

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

Review: Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, by Jonathan Auxier

The pitch: Peter Nimble, blind Dickensian orphan, is forced into thieving, eventually learning to be the best thief there is. One day he steals a mysterious box from a very odd stranger, catapulting him into a journey to reclaim a faraway kingdom for its rightful ruler. It’s trying for a … Continue reading

Review: The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green

The pitch: Despite getting a few unexpected years out of a drug trial, 16-year-old Hazel is dying of cancer. That is a fact. She’s been out of the regular rhythm of teenagehood for years; her life is her parents, a few community college classes, treatments, and cancer kid support group. … Continue reading

Review: Tankborn, Karen Sandler (Sept. 2011)

Best friends Kayla and Mishalla are GENs, Genetically Engineered Non-humans. In other words, slaves. Built in tanks from human and animal DNA, designed with special “skets” (skill sets), they are at the bottom of the strictly hierarchical society humans have built on their colony planet Loka. They have no say … Continue reading

Review: A Mango-Shaped Space, Wendy Mass (2003)

In the third book about differences in perception, Mia is not autistic but synesthetic. Her whole life she’s seen letters and numbers in particular colors, and seen colored shapes when she hears loud noises. She learned to hide it at a young age, but now that she’s thirteen she wants … Continue reading

Reviews: Al Capone Does My Shirts (2004); Anything But Typical (2009)

I’ve just read three books about kids with different ways of perceiving the world, and because they’re thematically linked (also to catch up on reviews quicker) I’ll review two together: Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko, and Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin. Al Capone, my favorite … Continue reading

Review: Five Flavors of Dumb, Antony John

Piper, a deaf high school senior who leads the chess team, gets good grades, and generally stays invisible, is a pretty unlikely choice to manage a rock band. But when she mouths off to the cocky lead singer of Dumb about how they could make some money if they’d quit … Continue reading

My Most Excellent Year: a Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, & Fenway Park, by Steve Kluger

Three three-dimensional best friends, families that genuinely love each other, disability and homosexuality just tossed in like the normal parts of life they are, and it’s even set in Boston! Sold. The plot is complicated — there’s a deaf kid, a theater production, a wacky road trip to New York … Continue reading