Category Archives: Fiction – Young Adult

A Review of Avi’s The Button War

Summer is here and I’m reading like a maniac. At least half of the books I’ve read this month are for kids, since I just finished my first year teaching elementary and middle school (after ten years at the high … Continue reading

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A Review of Philip Pullman’s The Subtle Knife

This review contains what the young people call “spoilers.” Read at your own risk.  The second installment in this trilogy is my favorite, I think. In this book – which is also the shortest of the three – we learn … Continue reading

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A Long Overdue Review of Libba Bray’s Lair of Dreams (by Jill)

I started this post like a year ago.  I’m not going to finish, but am going to put it up in its unfinished state as a testament to what happens when a pair of good bookbloggers get way too busy … Continue reading

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A Review of Laurie R. King’s The Beekeeper’s Apprentice; Or, On the Segregation of the Queen

This is the first installment in a series about a young woman who becomes Sherlock Holmes’ apprentice and, later, his lover and wife. The fact that Sherlock Holmes is a fictional character is pooh-poohed at the beginning of the novel, … Continue reading

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A Review of Gary Paulsen’s The Haymeadow

I came to this novel by accident, when a student I tutor chose it for a book report. We agreed to read the first six chapters before our next meeting. He read ten pages or so, declared it two thumbs … Continue reading

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A Review of Lois Lowry’s Number the Stars

Two of my tutoring clients were assigned this book for summer reading, so of course it ended up on my reading list as well. If you’ve been reading this blog for some time, you may have noticed that I have … Continue reading

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Final Thoughts on Ransom Riggs’ Library of Souls (by Jill)

The good news about Library of Souls: it got better. The bad news: now it appears the series is over. There is definitely room for additional books, I mean, it’s not like all of the characters die at the end, … Continue reading

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