Bullied teen finds an unexpected friend
Barb Szyszkiewicz | Dec 18 2015 | comment  
A suspenseful read, appropriate for middle- and high-school.

The cost of college drives a father to a life of crime
Jennifer Minicus | Aug 3 2015 | comment  
How can Becca pay for college with her father in jail?

This story strikes a blow for female independence
Tim Golden | Jul 17 2015 | comment  
14-year-old Clare lives with her elderly maiden aunts.

Troubled marriages make for troubled youth
Tim Golden | Mar 13 2015 | comment  
Glenn's parents are going through a difficult patch in their marriage.

Fighting the war at home
Jennifer Minicus | Jan 27 2015 | comment  
Young Ike dreams of joining the army.

A book that became a TV show
Tim Golden | Dec 1 2014 | comment  
Robert is bullied by Niker but befriended by Kate.

Is acting a real job?
Tim Golden | Mar 14 2014 | comment  
Ralph seeks a career in the theatre.

Al Capone wields power from inside Alcatraz
Jennifer Minicus | Oct 13 2013 | comment  
Life on Alcatraz is no picnic.

Emotions, morality, sexuality: when teens are confused
Clare Cannon | Sep 24 2013 | comment  
Should we back off, add fuel to the fire, or hand them a road map?

Romance in teen fiction
Clare Cannon | Jul 30 2013 | comment  
There’s nothing quite like a good romance. But what makes a literary romance ‘good’ or ‘bad’ for teens?

Inside a male brain
Clare Cannon | Jul 2 2013 | comment  
Shusterman's account seems about right to me.

Books of innocence and experience
Clare Cannon | Jun 13 2013 | comment  
Why are so many adults reading young adult literature? It used to be the other way around.

Bright Island
Jennifer Minicus | Feb 11 2013 | comment  
A coming of age story for young teen girls.

Tim Golden | Jan 12 2013 | comment  
Luke, a gifted young musician, falls in with a local gang after his father dies.

Alchemy and Meggy Swann
Margaret Hannon | Oct 25 2012 | comment  
An enthusiastic thumbs up

The Midwife’s Apprentice
Margaret Hannon | Sep 25 2012 | comment  
I like to think that a Newbery award winning book is a sure bet.

City Boy
Jennifer Minicus | Sep 10 2012 | comment  
Anyone who has ever experienced puppy love should read this Pulitzer Prize winning novel.

Ruby Holler
Tim Golden | Aug 23 2012 | comment  
A gentle story about a pair of fiercely united twins.

The Yearling
Jennifer Minicus | Apr 20 2012 | comment  
I have a weakness for coming of age stories.

Video Review: 5 Novels for Teens that Build Character
Clare Cannon | Mar 18 2012 | comment  
Need a book to inspire your teen to be a better person? Try these.

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