Category Archives: Young Adult

Short short reviews: Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy and Cress

Cress Marissa Meyer 550 pages Published in February 2014 by Feiwel & Friends Source: Personal Library Genre: YA, fantasy and science fiction I picked up Cress after enjoying the first two books in Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series. Also in an … Continue reading

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Book Review: Zora: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston

Zora: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston Written by Dennis Brindell Fradin and Judith Bloom Fradin 192 pages Published in 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Source: Public Library Zora: The Life of Zora Neale Hurtson follows the critically-acclaimed author and … Continue reading

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Mini-reviews: The Year of the Beasts, A Greyhound of a Girl, and Her Mother’s Face

The Year of the Beasts Cecil Castellucci and Nate Powell 192 pages Published in May 2012 by Roaring Brook Press Source: Library I decided to read The Year of the Beasts since I loved Castellucci’s earlier book, The Plain Janes. … Continue reading

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Review: No Crystal Stair by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller Written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, artwork by R. Gregory Christie 192 pages Published in 2012 by Carolrhoda Lab, an imprint of Carolrhoda Books Source: … Continue reading

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Review: Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral

Chopsticks Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral 272 Pages Published in February 2012 by Razorhill books, an imprint of Penguin Group Source: Library Gloria “Glory” Fleming is a world-famous pianist, who sells out concert halls all over the world. She’s also … Continue reading

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Review: Too Late by Clem Martini

Too Late Clem Martini 57 pages Publisher: Annick Press Source: Publisher YA fiction   Everything I touch is dust, everything I touch crumbles, everything I do goes wrong. In a story that’s only fifty-seven pages long, Clem Martini gives readers … Continue reading

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Book Review: Poetry Speaks Who I Am

Poetry Speaks Who I Am Edited by Elise Paschen and Dominique Raccah 172 pages Publication Date: March 2010 Publisher: Sourcebooks Source: Publisher I’ve noticed that when I find a really great volume of poetry, it’s one that I’m dipping in … Continue reading

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Series Launch: Single Voice

Today is the launch day for a new YA series from Annick Press called Single Voice. What’s different about this series is that the featured novellas were originally published in France and talks about the tough issues that some teens … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon: Read-a-thon Recommendations

I asked Doret from The Nappy Happy Bookseller to recommend a few great titles in time for the upcoming 24-Hour Read-a-thon. Instead Doret did more than that, she sent me a huge list of books that sounds really good and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Crazy Beautiful

Crazy Beautiful (2009) Lauren Baratz-Logsted 193 pages Young Adult Rating: Re-read Instead of just giving you the regular book review format, I’m giving you five reasons why Crazy Beautiful is a great book and why I think you should give … Continue reading

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Locomotion (2003) By Jacqueline Woodson 112 pages I found out about this book from Emily over at Emily Reads. Emily writes reviews in haiku format but they always pack a punch. After reading her haiku review for Locomotion and it’s … Continue reading

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The Latent Powers of Dylan Fontaine

The Latent Powers of Dylan Fontaine (2008) April Lurie 224 pages Young Adult Dear Chris, After reading this book, I searched through the Nerds Heart YA group posts to see who’s the genius behind nominating this book for the tournament. … Continue reading

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The Ghost’s Child

The Ghost’s Child (2008) Sonya Hartnett 176 pages Young Adult Fiction Matilda, an elderly woman, comes home one afternoon to find a young boy sitting in her living room waiting for her. She has no idea who he is or … Continue reading

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Books giveaway

There are two great giveaways being hosted right now because of the Nerds Heart YA tournament that started last Monday. Kelly at YAnnabe is giving away four copies of the books she has to judge for the tournament, The Latent … Continue reading

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The Poet Slave of Cuba

This week didn’t turn out the way I imagined it to be. I had planned on turning in all assignments on time this week, get some reading in, and relax. Instead I caught a virus, maybe the flu, and ended … Continue reading

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Day Seven’s Summary

I finished reading Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan this morning. What a great read! It’s marketed towards the high school crowd, but after several references to the sitcom My So-Called Life, I knew this … Continue reading

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