Review: Threatened, by Eliot Schrefer (Feb. 2014)

Luc, an orphan in Gabon, is hired as a research assistant by an Egyptian professor studying chimpanzees. They move into the jungle, which is full of dangers both environmental and human. This is sort of a companion to Schrefer’s lovely Endangered, one of my favorite books of recent years. Though they’re … Continue reading

Review: The Whisper, by Emma Clayton (2012)

The pitch: This sequel to The Roar picks up right where the first book leaves off. The “chosen” children have discovered the Secret and know they need to take over the Northern Government before their parents also discover the Secret and start a war. Wow, I did that all without … Continue reading

Review: The Roar, by Emma Clayton (2009)

The pitch: Mika has never gotten over the disappearance of his twin sister Ellie; everyone says she’s dead, but he can’t believe it. When the Northern Government introduces a contest — fly simulated pod fighters and win fabulous prizes! — Mika just knows winning is his ticket to finding Ellie. … Continue reading

In which Paolo Bacigalupi steals my brain

Paolo Bacigalupi (Ship Breaker) is interviewed in School Library Journal this month: “Master of Disaster”. He talks about his take on the now-trendy post-apocalyptic genre. Reading the interview I had the unsettling feeling that he stole the kind of thoughts that are churning around in my brain all the time … Continue reading

Review: Trickster’s Girl, Hilari Bell (2011)

Kelsa’s beloved father, a scientist and nature-lover who taught her everything she knows about logic and wilderness survival, has just died of cancer. She and her mother don’t see eye-to-eye on anything. All she wants to do is escape, to heal on her own terms. And then Raven shows up … Continue reading

Ship Breaker, by Paolo Bacigalupi

5 out of 5! Nailer is a ship breaker — he works for a salvage operation on a Gulf beach, taking apart rusty oil tankers from the Accelerated Age (ahem, that would be us). Nailer lives day to day, barely making quota and avoiding his dad’s drug-addled rages — until … Continue reading