young adult

June 24, 2016
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Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

The events of one day change Sammy from a moody teenage girl to a fugitive striking out into the west, in an engaging work of historical […]
May 18, 2016

Terror at Bottle Creek by Watt Key

In a fast, thrilling read, a 13-year-old boy must display courage, ingenuity, and persistence in extremely dangerous circumstances. Terror at Bottle Creek by Watt Key.  Farrar […]
April 26, 2016

Bible Review: NIV Bible for Teen Girls: Growing in Faith Hope and Love

NIV Bible for Teen Girls: Growing in Faith, Hope and Love.  Zondervan, 2015, 1728 pages.  (available in hard- and soft-cover editions) Reading Level: Middle Grades, 10-12 […]
March 28, 2016

How Dark is Too Dark?

The Michael J. Prinz medal is awarded every year by the ALA for excellence in YA literature. Excellence, to the ALA, often means edgy, trendy, or […]
March 18, 2016

Allegiant: It Was a Book First!

 The Divergent series by Veronica Roth, a self-avowed Christian, lives on as Allegiant hits theaters this week. Below, Hayley reflects Allegiant in book form. Allegiant, by Veronica Roth.  Katherine Tegen […]
January 27, 2016

*Retro Reads: North to Freedom by Anne Holm

North to Freedom (I Am David) by Anne Holm.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1963 (first edition), 256 pages. Reading Level: 10-12 Appropriate for: ages 12-up Bottom Line:  […]
January 20, 2016

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

In most science fiction, technological advances are not shown to advance humanity.   However, it would be tough to find a more negative view of a […]
January 13, 2016
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The 2016 ALA Youth Media Awards–What happened??

As we were saying last Saturday . . . you just can’t predict what the Newbery committee is going to do. Trends have been toward diversity, […]