Category Archives: BOOK REVIEWS

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Speak is the debut novel by Laurie Halse Anderson. It is about a ninth-grade girl named Melinda Sordino who chooses not to speak. At the beginning of the book, Melinda is just beginning high school with no friends. The only class

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

Madeline Whittier has a rare and incurable disease. She can’t go outside of her house and can’t touch anyone. She’s been living this way for seventeen years, each of her days simply being a repeat of the last. However, when

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If I Stay is about a high school girl named Mia who finds she must make that choice. A fun family snow day turns into a tragic winter car accident in Oregon that takes the lives of her family and leaves

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Hannah Baker is dead. She killed herself. So, who sent Clay Jensen the tapes with Hannah’s voice on them? And who is following him to make sure he sends them on? When Clay begins listening to the tapes, he starts

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Narrated by a wise, non-threatening voice of “the angel of death,” The Book Thief by Markus Zusak tells the reader, “If you feel like it, come with me. I will tell you a story. I’ll show you something.” That something is an

Halfway Dead by Terry Maggert

Reviewed by Lisa Marie Zapata The inventive Halfway Dead by Terry Maggert follows a lively white witch, Carlie, protector of the town of Halfway in the Adirondack mountainside. The tale begins in the woods where Carlie is fighting off a

Appetite for Detention by Sloane Tanen

Reviewed by Andrea Bledsoe King This is a most accurate book about the trials and tribulations of high school:  popularity contests, awkwardness, cliques, and just trying to fit in while standing out. But what makes this particular story hilarious is

Middle School is Worse than Meatloaf by Jennifer L. Holm

Reviewed by Andrea Bledsoe King This is a tale of middle school mishaps and adventures focusing on Ginny Davis, a seventh grader who tries so hard. She is almost trying too hard. Ginny’s story is chronicled almost like a scrapbook.

Dear Girl by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Paris Rosenthal, Illustrated by Holly Hatum

Reviewed by Andrea Bledsoe King This is an amazing picture book written to empower and celebrate young girls. Even though the Rosenthals have written this particular story for young kids, it is a great message for all ages. Young children,

The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins

by Andrea Bledsoe King           I have always loved Ellen Hopkins’ novels, starting with her first YA novel, Crank, which was loosely based on her own daughter’s addiction to crystal meth. Because Hopkins has experienced this