Review: The Glass Sentence, by S. E. Grove (2014)

Wow, what a gorgeously creative book. It also managed to hit such an unlikely array of my book kinks it’s like S. E. Grove pulled them out of a hat and made a book just for me. Let’s see, we have here some steampunk, maps, time travel (sort of), Boston … Continue reading

Review: Teenie, Christopher Grant (2010)

Teenie’s best friend Cherise has always been a little wild. Now that she’s accepting money from a guy she met online (who goes by the totally non-sketchy name “Big Daddy”), though, Teenie is really worried. Teenie herself is much more straight-laced and studious, but when a few new clothes get … Continue reading

Review: Hourglass, Myra McEntire (May 2011)

For years, ever since right before her parents’ death, Emerson has seen ghosts. She can interact with them, but no one else sees them and they pop if she touches them. Desperate to help, her much-older brother/guardian Thomas sends her to one last specialist: the young, mysterious, and (surprise) devastatingly … Continue reading

Review: Quaking, Kathryn Erskine

Orphaned Matt (not Matilda!) has reached the end of a string of distant relatives: a Quaker couple in a small Pennsylvania town who have also adopted a special-needs boy. It doesn’t pay to get attached, Matt has learned, so she keeps every potential family at arm’s length. But Sam and … Continue reading

Review: The Sweetheart of Prosper County, by Jill S. Alexander

Austin’s decided this is the year she’s going to stop watching the town Christmas parade and join in — on the hood of a truck as the Sweetheart of Prosper County. The Sweetheart is elected by the Future Farmers of America (FFA), so Austin joins up, along with her brand-new … Continue reading

Review: Little Blog on the Prairie, Cathleen Davitt Bell

4 out of 5 When Gen’s mom drags the family to “Frontier Family Camp” for the summer, Gen is sure she’ll hate it. Who wants to spend a summer milking cows and peeing in an outhouse, cut off from her friends and the whole post-1890 world? She can’t stand the … Continue reading