Browsing Category : Young Adult

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…

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…