Review: Doll Bones, by Holly Black

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

Review: A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend, Emily Horner (2010)

After her best friend Julia’s accidental death, Cass is at loose ends. She hangs out on the edges of the Julia’s theater crowd but feels like she doesn’t belong. Cass only reluctantly agrees to participate when they throw themselves into producing Julia’s final effort, a half-finished musical called Totally Sweet … 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