Browsing Category : Young Adult

What Makes Us Pretty?


Today I have a book that challenges the notion of what makes us pretty.  I published this review several years ago, but I was reminded of the book when it showed up on my daughter’s high school summer reading list.  This one may have been first published in 2005, but it remains as relevant today as it was 13 years…

What Makes Us Beautiful


Today I have a book that questions what makes us beautiful.  I don’t often read YA, but every once in a while I love a good romp through the young adult world, especially when the story is full of suspense and questioning our belief in the way things are meant to be.  I was totally caught up in the fantasy…

Basketball Is Only the Beginning


Today I have a book where basketball is only the beginning of the action that will draw readers in.  This one touches on issues of privilege, friendship, race and yes, basketball.  I was completely drawn into this story, and the fact it was named after me had nothing to do with my excitement … no really! Don’t forget to follow…

The Book Girls Need Right Now


This is the book girls need right now.  Given the influential men in entertainment and politics who are headlining the news for how they have abused their power in an effort to control women, the time is right for this story.  This story will empower readers to feel they are not alone and understand that a group of women speaking…

Book Exposes Kids to Humanity and Empathy


Today I have a book that will be out the comfort zone for a lot of kids, but this book exposes kids to humanity and empathy.  I have been torn on whether to review this book as well as The Hate U Give on the blog simply because the audience skews older then the one I currently write for.  But…

Let the Con Games Begin


Let the con games begin in this delicious new novel from e. lockhart.  If your kids read We Were Liars this summer liked I recommended, they will be pumped and primed for the newest offering from this talented author.  Things are never quite as they seem, and that’s the best part! Don’t forget to follow One Great Book on Facebook,…

A Kid Who Happens to Be Spider Man


Today I have a book about a kid who happens to be Spider Man.  With everything that has happened of late in Charlottesville, it is more important than ever to get diverse books in the hands of kids.  The book I am profiling today is from Jason Reynolds who writes stories about black people, but ultimately he is always telling…

Powerful Story for Children


This is a powerful story for children and even adults.  It looks at the plight of refugees from both a current and historical perspective, and it does it in an action packed narrative that will have readers on the edge of their seats.  When kids wonder why we study history, we tell them we are doomed to repeat it if…