Category Archive: Fiction

Angels in Teen Fiction

by

Feeling drained by vampire fiction? Lucky for you the new trend in paranormal fiction centers on angelic creatures. Series such as Hush, Hush and Fallen started this new craze and now angels are… Continue reading

Book Review: Ten Miles Past Normal

by

Ten Miles Past Normal by Frances O’Roark Dowell.  2011. It’s hard to be normal when you have to milk goats every morning before school. Or when your mom is a quasi-celebrity who blogs… Continue reading

Book Review: Beyonders: A World Without Heroes

by

Beyonders: A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull.  March 2011. (advance copy) Jason Walker is your average 13-year-old boy. He loves baseball and working at his job in the zoo. His passion for… Continue reading

Book Review: Between Shades of Gray

by

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys.  2011. (Advance Copy) “They took me in my nightgown.” This chilling sentence begins Ruta Sepetys powerful debut novel. Fifteen-year-old Lina and her family are taken in… Continue reading

Stand-out Teen Romances

by

They meet, they fall in love, they fight, they make up. End of story. We all know how the story ends, so if a romance for teens is going to stand out from… Continue reading

Book Review: A Finders-Keepers Place

by

A Finders-Keepers Place by Ann Haywood Leal. 2010. When Esther Page wakes up with a prickly feeling, she knows something is wrong. Again. When your mom has as many “notions” as Esther’s mom,… Continue reading

Book Review: Wither

by

Wither (Chemical Garden Trilogy : 1) by Lauren DeStefano. 2011. Imagine a world completely changed from what we comprehend at the present. World War III has obliterated every continent except North America. An… Continue reading

Book Review: Hamster Magic

by

Hamster Magic by Lynne Jonell (Brandon Dorman, illus.). 2010. Lynne Jonell is renowned for her Emmy series which has been a huge success with children and teachers.  Jonell, being no stranger to the… Continue reading

Dance, Dance, Dance!

by

A troupe of picture books about ballerinas has recently danced their way onto my desk…and except for the fact that several of them are pink (VERY pink—but more about that later), I have… Continue reading

Book Review : Tyger Tyger

by

Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton.  2010.  (advance copy) Kersten Hamilton weaves a tale of fantasy, adventure, danger and romance with her first young adult novel. Seventeen-year-old Teagen works with chimpanzees doing research with… Continue reading