Tag Archives: Young Adult

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: HEY, KIDDO by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

HEY, KIDDO by Jarrett J. Krosoczka is a graphic memoir that brings together the conflicting realities of what family can mean. Krosoczka details his childhood and adolescence with brutal honesty, including the neglect, love, disappointment and hope that make life … Continue reading

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Review: SHOUT by Laurie Halse Anderson

For long-time readers of Laurie Halse Anderson’s novels, particularly SPEAK, this new book, SHOUT – a memoir in verse, will give insight and depth to both Anderson’s life, including traumatic events that have informed her fiction, and the aftermath of … Continue reading

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Review: Freefall Summer by Tracy Barrett

FREEFALL SUMMER by Tracy Barrett is a coming-of-age novel that addresses an overprotective father and boyfriend (dare we use patriarchal?) who seem to have “good reasons,” but their behavior has the same effects as any other confining actions, no matter … 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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