Browsing Category : Young Adult

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…

Great Summer Read for Teens


Ok, this one is a great summer read for teens/tweens.  It came out a few years ago but it’s a great beach read for any kids that need to be completely swept away in a story.  I was reminded of it as I read the author’s newest offering last week.  The new book is another fabulous ride and my review…

Fantasy and Science Fiction for Kids


This book provides a good dose of fantasy and science fiction for kids.  In a galaxy far far away Lucky is just discovering his powers and the role he will play in saving the universe.  This book is another import from the UK and the story leads us into an intergalactic war with consequences no one could have foreseen.  Lucky…

Mystery Wrapped in Magic


The book I am sharing today is a mystery wrapped in magic.  This one sucked me in right away and I was completely drawn into the puzzle of Emily’s disappearance.  The main character Raine is dealing with bullies and issues of growing up, but this book is also steeped in adventure and edge of your seat moments so it isn’t…

Embrace the Awkwardness of Middle School


Today I have a book that will let kids embrace the awkwardness of middle school.  This one really nails it when liking a boy means you stop talking to him and stress over what to text him.  This modern Cyrano de Bergerac will have teens and tweens laughing with a knowing understanding that their lives can get complicated. Don’t forget…

A Book for Kids that Challenges Stereotypes


Race, gender and economic disparity is a tall order for one story, but this is a book for kids that challenges stereotypes.  Jade is an honest and endearing character and her voice will give kids and adults a new perspective.  If readers are in similar circumstances this book may well validate a girl’s feelings.  Seeing the world through Jade’s eyes was eye opening…

Book for Girls Who Code


Today I have a book for girls who code.  This book absolutely inspired me and I have to admit that I might have been more interested in computer science if I had had these teens’ experiences to motivate me.  The game they created that went viral, Tampon Run, thrust these girls into the spotlight and has given them an amazing…

What It’s Really like to Be a Teenager


Today I have a book that shares what it’s really like to be a teenager.  While Gossip Girl made for great TV, this book looks at the actual day to day concerns a girl faces as she moves from middle school to high school.  Sofia is a great kid who is dealing with some real pain, but she has good…

Book for Kids Featuring Skateboarding


Today I have a book for kids featuring skateboarding.  When parents are trying to get their kids to read, the “experts” always say to pick books on topics in which kids are interested.  The problem, in some cases, is there just aren’t a lot of offerings if your kids like an activity which is outside the mainstream.  Baseball or football, you’re covered.…

Football Book Every Kid Should Read


Today I have the football book every kid should read.  It no only looks at the evolution of the sport, but it does so in the context of the plight of the Native Americans as their culture was being erased.  This is an exhilarating sports story, as well as a profile of one of the greatest athletes of our time. Don’t…