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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Halfway Normal – book review

June 2, 2018

Halfway Normal by Barbara Dee Realistic Fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Norah Levy is in remission (she had leukemia) and is returning to school (7th grade) after being out sick for 2 years.  Although her academics are in good shape thanks to her tutor, her friendships and social life are kind of in turmoil.  Almost everyone treats Norah like she’s still sick – her guidance counselor won’t even…

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War That Saved My Life – book review

May 24, 2018

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley Historical Fiction Juvenile Fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Ada (11) was born with a clubfoot and lives with her mam and little brother, Jamie, in London, where she is required to stay hidden from the world.  When the war (WWII) breaks out, Ada takes the opportunity to evacuate herself and Jamie to the countryside, where they are put…

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Serpent’s Secret – book review

May 16, 2018

The Serpent’s Secret Kiranmala and the Kingdom Beyond #1 by Sayantani Dasgupta Adventure Fantasy Mythology Tween * * * Stars (Pretty good) Kiranmala thinks she’s just an ordinary Jersey kid, but on her 12th birthday, she finds out she’s really a princess from another dimension.  Before she can even really wrap her mind around that her guardians (people she’s thought were her parents all these years) are kidnapped, her house…

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Time Museum – book review

May 2, 2018

The Time Museum Book #1 by Matthew Loux Adventure Graphic Novel Mystery Science Fiction Suspense Thriller * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) While visiting her uncle over summer vacation Delia Bean follows a kiwi bird into the woods and discovers the Earth Time Museum.  It’s a museum of all of planet Earth’s history from all times – past, present, and future!  She learns her uncle runs the place and…

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On the Road to Find Out – book review

April 9, 2018

On the Road to Find Out by Rachel Toor Realistic Fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) When Alice Davis discovers that she’s been rejected from Yale – the only college she wanted to attend – she feels lost.  She’s never failed at anything before in her life and she’s wallowing in self-pity like a champion.  She’s basically inconsolable until she makes a New Year’s resolution to start running (exercise…

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