Category Archives: BOOK REVIEWS

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

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

by Cybil Orhan     Written by the adept Japanese writer Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood is about a man, named Toru Watanabe and his coming of age. He recalls his life from being seventeen years to twenty-one. He was shattered

Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

by Emma Hyndman It’s unsettling to dive into a science-fiction book about a dystopian future set in 2026 when it’s only eight years away. Written in 1993, Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower presents a sobering look at a not-so-distant

If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson

by Andrea K. For my African-American review, I decided to read a popular YA author. I had never read any of Jacqueline Woodson’s books but I was very impressed with the book, If You Come Softly. The main characters are

My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter by Aja Monet

by Claudia Rojas Aja Monet’s My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter came into my life after someone spoke the words “So you like poetry? Read this.” At that point, the collection was in my hands before I could blink away

Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks

by Andrea K. When I was first asked to review my favorite YA novel, I thought to myself, “What an easy assignment! I got this!” Until it wasn’t easy, and I didn’t have it…  The fact of the matter is