Category: Book Reviews

“Far From the Tree” by Robin Benway

“Far From the Tree” (HarperTeen 2017) by Robin Benway is a story of biological teen siblings, living separate lives, who find each other. The book opens with Grace, 16 years old, who is giving up her own baby for adoption,

“What Girls Are Made Of” by Elana K. Arnold

By its name, “What Girls Are Made Of” (Carolrhoda Lab 2017) by Elana K. Arnold might be a women’s health book like “Our Body, Ourselves.” But it’s a novel. However, it could serve as a woman’s health guide. In no-nonsense

“You Bring the Distant Near” by Mitali Perkins

Starting with the matriarch, Ranee Das in the 1960s, we experience three generations of Bengali women as they assimilate, having moved from India to Ghana to London to New York and beyond, in Mitali Perkins’ “You Bring the Distant Near”

“American Dream” by Ibi Zoboi

Ibi Zoboi does not shy away from the ecstasy of first love or the horrific violence of Detroit’s west side in “American Street” (Balzer & Bray 2017). Teenager Fabiola Toussaint is on her way to Detroit from Haiti to find

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“Genuine Fraud” by E. Lockhart

Two girls—two orphans. Both are pretty. They kind of look alike. One is an heiress. One is a liar. The book starts with Chapter Eighteen. “Begin here:” you’re instructed. The book works from the end to the beginning in E.

“Forest World” by Margarita Engle

Cuban-American poet, Margarita Engle, tells the story of a pre-teen sister and brother, reunited in Cuba in “Forest World” (Atheneum 2017). When the siblings were quite young, their mother fled Cuba to America by raft with her infant son Edver,

“If I Was Your Girl” by Meredith Russo

Eighteen-year-old Amanda moves away from Georgia where she’s been living with her mother, to Lambertville, Tennessee to live with her father. She needs a new start. Why? In Georgia, having been born a boy, she was Andrew, called “faggot” and

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“Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers” by Deborah Heiligman

People—maybe young adults in particular—are inherently fascinated with relationship. Which makes Deborah Heiligman’s choice of subject so compelling even before you start reading “Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers” (Holt 2017). The Van Gogh brothers from the Netherlands come

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“The Bitter Side of Sweet” by Tara Sullivan

Ever wonder where your chocolate comes from? Cocoa, Hersey bars, brownie mix—you name it—chocolate. I wasn’t sure why I was buying “fair trade” chocolate. That changed when I read Tara Sullivan’s young adult novel “The Bitter Side of Sweet” (Putnam

“Exit, Pursued by a Bear” by E.K. Johnston

In “Exit Pursued by a Bear” (Dutton 2016) by E.K. Johnston, high school senior Hermione Winters is captain of the cheerleading squad. Polly, her best friend, is co-captain and the friend that everyone on earth needs. The championship cheerleading squad

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