Browsing Category : Young Adult

Living Through D-Day


Today I have a book about the reality of living through D-Day.  If you want history to come alive for kids, I can not recommend this book highly enough.  I was confronted with my own limited knowlege of WW II while reading Allies, so parents, why not pick it up and give it a read after your kids! Don’t forget…

Childhood in South Africa


Today I have a book by Trevor Noah about his childhood in South Africa.  It is an adaptation from his adult novel.  I had absolutely no idea how powerful this book would be.  Nor did I understand before reading it, what Trevor Noah went through being biracial in a country where his birth was literally a crime.  I handed it…

The Freedom of Choice


This book provides the foundation that the freedom of choice for women is integral to their autonomy.  This book gives readers a glimpse into the early life of the founder of Planned Parenthood.   It is important to realize how women lived when the choice of when to have children was not one they could control. Don’t forget to follow…

My Young Adult Obsession


My young adult obsession is something I don’t get the chance to indulge in too often.  I have far too many middle school books to read, and if I am being honest, the angst and romance of YA fare are like cake frosting.  I love to indulge but if I eat too much, I start to feel a little off.…

Book About Culture, Friends and Family


Today I have a book about culture, friends, and family.  This book has recently received some love from award committees and I can see why.  It tackles some of the loneliness and self-doubt experienced by boys in a really caring way.  I was impressed by this debut novel and can’t wait to see what the author comes up with next.…

Funny and Thought Provoking Look at Faith


Today I have a book that has a funny and thought provoking look at faith. It isn’t often that a main character identifies as an atheist, so this one caught my eye immediately.  This group of teens is questioning what they believe. They all come down on different areas of the spectrum making this story more about understanding who you are…

When a Student Has a Secret


This book is about when a student has a secret and has to find a way to move forward.  I don’t want to give too much away!  I read this book several years ago and found my review this week.  It got lost in all the other “stuff” I have going on.  Sorry, I didn’t share it then, but the…

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…