Tag Archives: YA

Review: In the Same Boat by Holly Green

This YA story is about one teen conquering a 265 mile paddling race called the Texas River Odyssey, but it’s also about relationships, forgiveness, pride, and perseverance. IN THE SAME BOAT is a phrase we’ve heard a lot over the … Continue reading

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Review: The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling by Wai Chim

Author Wai Chim’s THE SURPRISING POWER OF A GOOD DUMPLING is a fantastic novel that addresses the typical conflicts and issues in Young Adult stories, but it adds layers that address racism, mental health, family dynamics, the immigrant experience, and … Continue reading

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Review: Rise to the Sun by Leah Johnson

Leah Johnson’s second YA novel, RISE TO THE SUN, is a summery, dramatic, fun story that weaves serious emotional pain and challenges with a story about friendship, falling in love, and realizing one’s importance in the world. Told via alternating … Continue reading

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Review: Zara Hossain is Here by Sabina Khan

ZARA HOSSAIN IS HERE by Sabina Khan is a well-rounded novel that includes a wide-range of social justice issues including Islamophobia, immigrant issues, homophobia – especially in religious settings, gun violence, xenophobia, and more. Within those larger issues, Khan manages … Continue reading

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Review: Sisters of the War by Rania Abouzeid

SISTERS OF THE WAR by Rania Abouzeid is a non-fiction narrative about the horrific tragedies in Syria. It focuses on two girls, Ruha and Hanin, and their families who experience deep loss and painful experiences over years of war and … Continue reading

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Hunted by the Sky by Tanaz Bhathena

HUNTED BY THE SKY by Tanaz Bhathena grabs hold of its audience and refuses to let go. This extremely action-packed Young Adult (YA) novel begins with violence and turmoil, and the events cascade with abandon from there. Gul, one of … Continue reading

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

So I know I’m a few years late on this powerful novel, and it was just as riveting and clear and strong as I expected. It’s such a relief when a novel lives up to the hype. In many ways, … Continue reading

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Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest

NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU is Kristina Forest’s second YA novel, and it is a lively and enjoyable read appropriate for ages 12 and up. The novel follows Evie, an 18-year-old budding actor on the verge of stardom when a … Continue reading

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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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