Ghost – book review

September 22, 2018

Ghost Track #1 by Jason Reynolds Realistic Fiction Sports * * * * Stars (Great!) Castle Cranshaw (aka Ghost) ends up on the Defenders track team after schooling one of its sprinters – even in rolled up jeans and old high tops, Ghost is faster.  Although Ghost isn’t really interested in running, Coach convinces him that it’ll help his basketball game.  While that isn’t necessarily true, Ghost discovers that he…

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Slated – book review

September 4, 2018

Slated Slated trilogy #1 by Teri Terry Dystopian Mystery Romance Science Fiction Suspense/Thriller * * * * Stars (Great!) Kyla is one of the Slated – her memories have been erased to give her a clean slate and she’s just been given clearance to go home with a new family.  As part of her contract, she must wear a monitoring bracelet (a Levo) that measures her mood – if she…

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Bring Me Their Hearts – book review

August 31, 2018

Bring Me Their Hearts by Sara Wolf Fairytale Fantasy Horror Romance Supernatural Suspense/Thriller * * * * Stars (Great!) When Zera’s family was murdered by bandits, she alone was saved – by a witch (Nightsinger) – who turned her “Heartless” by removing her physical heart and placing it in an ensorcelled jar.  Heartless have some wonderful abilities due to their ties to their witches (they can’t die, and their wounds…

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Dead Weight: Murder at Camp Bloom – book review

August 29, 2018

Dead Weight: Murder at Camp Bloom written by Terry Blas & Molly Muldoon illustrated by Matthew Seely Graphic Novel Horror Mystery Suspense Thriller * * * * Stars (Great!) Teens attending a summer camp for weight loss are witnesses to the grisly murder of one of their senior counselors.  When they learn that the camp director is either knowingly or unknowingly covering up the truth about what really happened, they…

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Agony of Bun O’Keefe – book review

August 21, 2018

The Agony of Bun O’Keefe by Heather Smith Realistic Fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) When Bun O’Keefe’s mother (a hoarder) tells her to “Get out!” Bun does.  Homeless and not sure what to do or where to go, Bun approaches a busker/musician who, charmed by Bun’s quirky character, takes her under his wing and back to his temporary lodgings.  Bun goes on to charm his housemates with her…

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Starfish – book review

July 28, 2018

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman Realistic Fiction * * * Stars (Pretty good) Kiko Himura (half-Japanese) is hoping to get into the art school of her dreams – Prism – in New York.  She can’t wait to leave home, where her self-obsessed mother makes her and her siblings miserable.  But she doesn’t get in.  And her uncle, who sexually abused her, is moving in with them.  As she grasps at…

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War I Finally Won – book review

July 26, 2018

The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley Historical Fiction Juvenile Fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Ada and her brother Jaimie are now permanent wards of their guardian, Susan, who took them in when they were evacuated from London.  The first thing Susan does is arrange for Ada to have surgery to correct her clubfoot, which has long been a source of pain and shame for her. …

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Love and Other Foreign Words – book review

July 14, 2018

Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan Realistic Fiction Romance * * * * Stars (Great!) Josie is part of a close-knit family who understand her even if they don’t always speak the same language.  Josie is pretty particular about her likes and dislikes and when her older sister brings home her fiancé, Geoff, she takes an immediate dislike to him.  He is SO obnoxious – talks far too…

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Hungry – book review

July 14, 2018

Hungry by H. A. Swain Dystopian Science Fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Thalia’s mother helped create the innovative nutritional substitute and drugs that feed everyone and suppress their appetites and other urges (Synthamil).  No one really eats or cooks anymore and there isn’t any food (there may not be any plants or animals either, as previous generations poisoned the Earth).  Now her parents work for the company that…

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Science of Breakable Things – book review

June 30, 2018

The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller Realistic Fiction * * * Stars (Pretty good) Natalie is in 7th grade and she has a goofy science teacher who really wants his students to love science as much as he does.  Natalie has a hard time taking him seriously, but she’s having trouble taking anything seriously right now, as her mother has fallen into a depression and won’t come out…

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