Should young ladies know how to swim?
A must read for young women hoping to marry someday.
A fountain in the desert
An engaging and cultured story for young teens that actually makes them think.
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.
Summer Book Buzz
One book that has people talking this summer.
Books of innocence and experience
Why are so many adults reading young adult literature? It used to be the other way around.
Hope lends beauty to even the bleakest tale
This remarkable story teaches history, humanity and hope. Why did I avoid it for so long?!
Compassionate Killing: the New Darling of Teen Lit
Could it influence the next generation of voters, even those who've been taught better?
Historical Fiction for Teens
A series that puts heart into history.
A Book That Has It All
Historical Fiction, Friendship, Romance, Family, Music, Art, Culture...
The Best Bad Luck I Ever Had
An appealing young adult novel about race relations in the early twentieth century.
The Unfortunate Son
The Count de Muguet was a cruel man.
The Maid of Fairbourne Hall
A new Regency Romance for young adults.
Postcards from No Man’s Land
Winner of both the Michael J. Printz and Carnegie Medals? This reviewer has a different take on this book.
Video Review: Holiday Reading for Teens and Young Adults
Entertaining summer (or winter) reading for the holidays.
5 Reasons Why I Won’t See The Hunger Games
This review probably won't be popular, but it's important to talk about these issues.
A Waltz for Matilda
A fun, engaging, and edifying historical novel for teens and young adults.
Small Acts of Amazing Courage
One of those little books that is well worth reading.
Prized (Birthmarked #2)
Oh the grief when a treasured first book has a sequel that breaks your heart.
The Power of Six (Lorien Legacies #2)
I don't think this series is worth worrying about.
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