Is acting a real job?
Ralph seeks a career in the theatre.
Al Capone wields power from inside Alcatraz
Life on Alcatraz is no picnic.
Emotions, morality, sexuality: when teens are confused
Should we back off, add fuel to the fire, or hand them a road map?
Romance in teen fiction
There’s nothing quite like a good romance. But what makes a literary romance ‘good’ or ‘bad’ for teens?
Inside a male brain
Shusterman's account seems about right to me.
Books of innocence and experience
Why are so many adults reading young adult literature? It used to be the other way around.
A coming of age story for young teen girls.
Luke, a gifted young musician, falls in with a local gang after his father dies.
Alchemy and Meggy Swann
An enthusiastic thumbs up
The Midwife’s Apprentice
I like to think that a Newbery award winning book is a sure bet.
Anyone who has ever experienced puppy love should read this Pulitzer Prize winning novel.
A gentle story about a pair of fiercely united twins.
I have a weakness for coming of age stories.
Video Review: 5 Novels for Teens that Build Character
Need a book to inspire your teen to be a better person? Try these.
13 Gifts (Birthdays #3)
The tweens become teens in the next instalment of this great series for girls.
For young adolescents who need a good laugh.
The Luck of the Buttons
Tugs Button proves that middle school girls can be sweet.
A Little Love Song
Rose and Diana are left chaperoned after their aunt is taken ill.
A Day No Pigs Would Die
Why is it that in the 1970's this sort of book always seemed to win awards?
Death is treated as a game in this young adult novel.
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