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5 YA Books for Tweens with Nervous Parents

In my last post, I talked about "age appropriateness" and what we mean by that when choosing books for tweens. In this post, I'm going to highlight some of my favorite Young Adult books that (in my opinion) are appropriate for the 11-14 crowd and why I think they're a good fit. Let's dive in!… Continue reading 5 YA Books for Tweens with Nervous Parents

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“Is That Age Appropriate?” : Tweens and YA

One of the biggest fights you'll witness in a bookstore is between the tween who feels ready to dive into more "grown-up" books and the adult who is terrified that they will read something too mature for them. As a children's bookseller, I'm often the referee in that fight. It isn't easy. I sympathize with… Continue reading “Is That Age Appropriate?” : Tweens and YA

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Review: A Shadow Bright and Burning

Release Date: September 20th, 2016 Author: Jessica Cluess Website: http://jessicacluess.com/ ISBN:  9780553535914 Review: As soon as I read the name "Henrietta Howell," I knew I was going to like this book. The novel as a whole is a lot like that name -- frank, charming, and old-fashioned, with a big heart and a lot of whimsy. Oh, and… Continue reading Review: A Shadow Bright and Burning

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Review: Girl in Pieces

Release Date: August 301th, 2016 Author: Kathleen Glasgow Website: http://www.kathleenglasgowbooks.com/ ISBN: 9781101934715 Review: Kathleen Glasgow's debut is one of the hardest books I've read, and at the same time, one of the easiest. It falls firmly on the "Adult" side of "Young Adult" literature, ironically because of its unflinching focus on issues that affect millions of real… Continue reading Review: Girl in Pieces

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Review: And I Darken

Release Date: June 28th, 2016 Author: Kiersten White Website: http://kierstenwrites.blogspot.com/ ISBN: 9780553522310 Review: ETA: I wrote this review after I finished an advanced copy of the book in April, before the Pulse shooting in Orlando that claimed 49 lives. As I've been reflecting on this novel, the political climate, and the impact of the shooting on the LGBT+… Continue reading Review: And I Darken

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Review: Doreen

Release Date: June 7th, 2016 Author: Ilana Manaster Website: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25361916-doreen ISBN: 9780762459629 Review: If you've ever wished that Oscar Wilde could have taken a crack at writing Mean Girls, do I have a book for you. Doreen takes place in a New England prep school for the luxuriously wealthy and follows the (mis)fortunes of three students: Heidi Whelan,… Continue reading Review: Doreen

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Review: You Know Me Well

Release Date: June 7th, 2016 Author: Nina LaCour and David Levithan Website: http://davidlevithan.com/ and http://ninalacour.com/home ISBN: 9781250098641 Review: At the end of the day, all you really need to know about this book is that it's a fantastic collaboration between two of YA's best and brightest, Nina LaCour and David Levithan. There is no question of the quality… Continue reading Review: You Know Me Well

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Review: Outrun the Moon

Release Date: May 24th, 2016 Author: Stacey Lee Website: http://www.staceyhlee.com/ ISBN: 9780399175411 Review: San Francisco, 1906. On the eve of one of the most devastating natural disasters in American history, racism against Chinese immigrants is at an all-time peak. Strict, prejudicial laws work to keep the city's non-white citizens in drudgery even as they work harder and… Continue reading Review: Outrun the Moon