Book Review: We Are All Made Of Molecules – Susin Nielsen

Stewart Inkster and Ashley Anderson are complete opposites. Stewart is smart and loyal though rather socially awkward while Ashley is beautiful, insecure, and unkind. They are thrown together when their parents move in together. After Stewart's mother dies, his dad finds love again with Ashley's mom and so Stewart and his dad Leonard leave their… Continue reading Book Review: We Are All Made Of Molecules – Susin Nielsen

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Book Review: Confessions of a Teenage Leper by Ashley Little

I received this book as an Advanced Reading Copy. It will be available for sale September 25, 2018. Most of what I know about leprosy comes from the Bible. That might sound like the set-up for a joke but it's true. Leprosy seems like one of those old-timey diseases that only people in Biblical times… Continue reading Book Review: Confessions of a Teenage Leper by Ashley Little

Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

While Angie Thomas' first novel is being marketed as a young adult novel. I would greatly encourage all readers interested in modern America, racial issues, or violence among youth to read it. The book is probably most appropriate for older teen readers (15+) due to violence and some language. It's a fairly easy read but… Continue reading Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Book Review: The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery

This was a re-read for me but when I began sorting through boxes of my childhood books and came across my Lucy Maud Montgomery collection I felt nostalgic and delved into The Blue Castle once more. L.M. Montgomery is, of course, the author of Anne of Green Gables but she also wrote many other books… Continue reading Book Review: The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery

Book Review: Paper Towns by John Green

I've read three books by John Green before this one (see my reviews of The Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska) so it's safe to say that I enjoy his writing. Green captures teens well, finding that balance between realism and fiction to keep the story interesting. Our main character here is Quentin,… Continue reading Book Review: Paper Towns by John Green

Book Review: A Separate Peace by John Knowles

A Separate Peace is one of the more unusual books about World War II that I've ever read. Set in 1942, it begins in the summer term at Devon, an upscale boys' prep school in New England. Our narrator is Gene Forrester. Quiet, smart, a little awkward. Summer term at Devon is a lull in… Continue reading Book Review: A Separate Peace by John Knowles

Book Review: The Talent Thief by Alex Williams (Reading with Pearl)

Reading books for children and youth as an adult means you start to see the same things over and over again. There are tropes common to many books intended for children. So when you read a kids' book with some fresh ideas, you really notice. Adam and Cressida Bloom are brother and sister and, like… Continue reading Book Review: The Talent Thief by Alex Williams (Reading with Pearl)