Browsing Category : Young Adult

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…

Book for Fashion Obsessed Teens


Are you looking for a holiday book for fashion obsessed teens?  This series is fabulous for young fans of Project Runway.  My daughter loves watching the show and she absolutely fell in love with this book series.  While not a fashionista, she is an artist and I have loved seeing her sketches which were inspired by this book. Don’t forget to Follow…

Book to Help Girls Accept Themselves


I had forgotten how hard middle school can be.  My daughter who is a lovely, smart, confident kid is struggling in a way I just didn’t expect.  Between the shift in friends and the multiple teachers who no longer know their students inside and out, she is doubting herself in a way she never did before.  The book I am profiling…

Expectations on High School Athletes


I love sports books for kids.  Maybe it’s because I have no athletic talent so I can live through the glory, sweat and tears vicariously.  But whatever the reason, the book I have today looks at recruiting kids to play sports in college as early as their freshman year in high school.   It’s a fascinating peak into both the pressure on…