May 19, 2013
Katarina “Kat” Bishop, a sixteen-year-old version of Danny Ocean himself, has had a 'colorful' past for one so young. The product of a long line of con men and thieves, Kat has seen -- and stolen -- more priceless artifacts than most people see in their lives.
April 21, 2013
Although Out of Nowhere deals with broad themes of racism, immigration, and religious tolerance in a post 9-11 world, the story began for me in a more personal place. Namely, with the novel’s narrator, Tom Bouchard.
April 15, 2013
What is the 'truth' in fiction? And how important is it? Further, how important is it to trust your narrator? Where should fiction and reality split? Down the middle? Or left of center? Ponder all of these questions and more while reading Jansma's debut novel.
February 24, 2013
Though some YA reading may simply serve as a guilty pleasure for adults, there is a vast oeuvre of Teen literature that isn’t just fluff or an escape. Elizabeth Laban’s The Tragedy Paper is a book that falls into this deeper sort.
January 4, 2013
In 1948, enigmatic Charlie Beale rolls into a sleepy rural Virginia town and forges dangerous connections with the townspeople that will impact their lives forever.
December 23, 2012
Nineteen-year-old Ed Kennedy is an ordinary underachiever until he receives mysterious playing cards that compel him to intervene in people's lives, helping or hurting, in Markus Zusak's poignant, funny young adult novel.
December 14, 2012
This novel written by an Iraq War veteran tells a powerful story about two friends deployed in Iraq, and the damage, guilt, and battles endured, until a secret threatens one of the friend's small sense of peace he thought he had found.
November 6, 2012
The heart of the neighborhood in Chabon's latest excellent novel is an old record shop, until the building of a new mall on Telegraph Avenue threatens the store and the roots of many friends.
November 2, 2012
Jack Kerouac's classic narrative of the beat generation, On the Road, is a must-read. Friends Dean and Sal take a road trip unlike any other, wild and philosophical, across 1940s America.
October 28, 2012
Radiant Stargirl. She does the strangest, happiest, kindest things. And everyone in high school but Leo hates her. Now in Spinelli's modern classic, Leo must decide what he wants more: Stargirl or the acceptance of his friends.
October 27, 2012
Bestselling author Elizabeth Berg has crafted another emotionally satisfying story in Range of Motion. This time a young woman is sustained by hope, faith, and a very different friendship when her beloved lies in a coma after a freak accident.
September 12, 2012
Jazz musicians in Nazi Germany face a strange mystery and test the bonds of their friendship in a time when music for them was an escape -- and a potential death sentence.
September 9, 2012
This classic young adult novel is as poignant and timeless today as it was when it was originally published in 1978 -- a fitting read for young adults and big adults alike.
August 29, 2012
Tim O'Brien has established himself as the literary voice of the Vietnam War. In his classic, Going After Cacciato, we meet an unusual kind of unsung heroes.
August 19, 2012
The Maze Runner sci-fi trilogy thrilled readers, and now James Dashner talks about his prequel, The Kill Order, complete with sun flares and an incredible virus threatening humanity.