Tag Archives: YA

Review: BLOOM by Kevin Panetta

BLOOM by Kevin Panetta and illustrated by Savanna Ganucheau is a lovely, light, realistic graphic novel about the unsettling in-between teenage time of figuring out the answer to “What do you want to do?” The main character, Ari (short for … Continue reading

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Review: BLACK GIRL UNLIMITED by Echo Brown

BLACK GIRL UNLIMITED by Echo Brown is a tremendous, transporting read. It’s difficult and poetic and immersive. Brown leans heavily on autobiographical content, but the magical realism gives permission to readers to lose themselves in the story without feeling sorry … Continue reading

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Review: A Dream So Dark by L. L. McKinney

I put off starting L. L. McKinney’s follow-up to A BLADE SO BLACK for months because I was afraid the second in the series would be a disappointment. I should have been brave. A DREAM SO DARK continues Alice’s adventures … Continue reading

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Review: All-American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney

ALL-AMERICAN MUSLIM GIRL by Nadine Jolie Courtney is a remarkable young adult novel that centers on a girl exploring her identity as a Muslim in the midst of family, peer, and religious influences. The first-person narrative allows us to follow Allie … Continue reading

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Review: GIRLS LIKE US by Randi Pink

These days, despite the very real threats to women’s bodily autonomy throughout the USA, both current, as depicted in Dawn Porter’s TRAPPED, and anticipated, as a multitude of court cases approach the newly conservative-leaning SCOTUS, many women don’t truly believe … Continue reading

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Review: The Other Side by Juan Pablo Villalobos

THE OTHER SIDE: Stories of Central American Teen Refugees Who Dream of Crossing the Border by Juan Pablo Villalobos, with translation by Rosalind Harvey, is necessary reading. And for those with a functioning conscience and awareness of how some of the … Continue reading

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Review: All of Me by Chris Baron

ALL OF ME by Chris Baron is the wrenchingly honest and raw story of Ari, a gentle, sensitive, Jewish boy who is also fat. More than a coming-of-age story, All of Me is a “becoming yourself” story. The gentle arc of Ari’s … Continue reading

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Review: Like Vanessa by Tami Charles

Tami Charles’ LIKE VANESSA is a true gem for the 10-14 year old set. In fact, I enjoyed the book tremendously as well, and I’d highly recommend it as a “let’s read this together” book for caregivers and children. The … Continue reading

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Book Review: A Blade So Black by L. L. McKinney

L.L. McKinney’s A BLADE SO BLACK doesn’t waste time before running headlong into action in this exciting and inventive take on Alice in Wonderland. With an Alice who resembles Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Dark Angel’s Max Guevera more than any … Continue reading

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Books for Middle Readers: Best Gift Ever

There are so many amazing books out there that make the perfect gift. Throw a cool bookmark on top, and you’re good to go no matter who is on your gift list. This list is for the avid young readers … Continue reading

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