Book Reviews

Behind the Bookcase, Part 1: In Search of a Hiding Place

“There ain’t no room for the hopeless sinner, Who would hurt all mankind just to save his own soul. Have pity on those whose choices ...
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The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.  Alfred A. Knopf, 2006.  550 pages.  Reading Level: Young Adult, ages 12-15 Maturity Level: 6 (ages 15-18) and up ...
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Annexed by Sharon Dogar

Annexed, by Sharon Dogar. Houghton Mifflin, 2010.  337 pages. Reading Level: Young Adult, ages 12-15 Maturity Level: Ages 15-18 Bottom Line: Annexed is the fictionalized ...
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*Sneaky Sheep by Chris Moore

  Sneaky Sheep, by Chris Moore. Carolrhoda, 2010.  32 pages. Reading Level: Picture Book, Ages 4-8 Maturity Level: Ages 4-8, Ages 8-10 The story is ...
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Dystopia, Part Three

Part One. Part Two. What's the problem with a glut of grim, futurist fiction on the YA bookshelves? Maybe nothing. Youth is resilient, and most ...
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Dystopia, Part Two

(Find Part One here) Besides being uniformly grim, there are other traits the current crop of dystopian novels share: A post-apocalyptic future--the story opens after ...
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If Olivia Comes to Visit….

We live in an age of series picture books. Which, like having 27 McDonalds in every city, makes shopping a little less complicated for tired, ...
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The Whole Counsel of God: Complementing Your Story Bible

The claim that a story Bible isn’t actually a Bible may seem a bit shocking at first. I mean, it’s got the word "Bible" right ...
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