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Stone Giant: Michelangelo's David and How He Came to Be
4.29
I was fortunate enough to snag this book at the Charlesbridge Booth at BEA 2014, where the author was signing copies. Sutcliffe does a terrific job of ...more
May 31, 2014
May 31, 2014
 
Words in the Dust
4.03
“HEEEEE-HAAAAAW!…Donkeyface!”
For Zulaikha, a 13 year-old Afghan girl with a severe cleft lip whose front teeth stuck straight out from her mouth, the
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Feb 14, 2011
Feb 16, 2011
 
The Book of Jonas
3.63
The lives behind collateral damage

Fifteen-year-old Younis is injured and orphaned when a U.S. military raid gone awry hits his village in an unnamed M
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Mar 10, 2013
Mar 07, 2013
 
Jim the Boy
3.81
The News-Gazette, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. 11/15/09

Coming of Age in North Carolina

Although much young adult literature today is dark, edgy, and/or
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Nov 03, 2009
 
Belle Epoque
3.63

The Beauty Foil

She is a common enough character in YA novels—and sometimes, in real life. You know the type: not quite thin, rich, or pretty enough to
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May 27, 2013
 
13 Little Blue Envelopes (Little Blue Envelope, #1)
3.66
Every girl should have a quirky but loving aunt, a free spirit unencumbered by the responsibilities of motherhood who encourages her niece to think ou ...more
Jun 27, 2011
Jun 27, 2011
 
Pick-Up Game: A Full Day of Full Court
3.54
Are you in the grips of March Madness? Can’t get enough of basketball? Let me suggest some great books to read in between games. “Pick-up Game: A Full ...more
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Apr 28, 2012
 
The Where, the Why, and the How: 75 Artists Illustrate Wondrous Mysteries of Science
3.80
Artists and scientists ponder the mysterious of science

One of my favorite books from 2011 was Lauren Redniss’ “Radioactive” (itbooks/Harper Collins).
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Jul 03, 2013
 
The Girl is Murder (The Girl is Murder, #1)
3.58

If the TV show “Veronica Mars” and some 1940s-era Nancy Drew books got together and had a love child, it might be “The Girl is Murder” (Roaring Brook
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May 13, 2012
 
Stay with Me
3.61
A Love Story for Dog Lovers

“A hundred and two days.” So begins Paul Griffin’s young adult novel, “Stay With Me” (Dial Books, 2011). That’s probably ab
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Oct 09, 2011
 
Katana (Katana, #1)
3.72
“Kill Bill meets Buffy in this supernatural samurai tale.” If the publisher’s blurb grabs your attention like it did mine, then you’ll love “Katana,” ...more
Jul 2012
Jul 29, 2012
 
First Descent
3.44
Pam Withers sets the pace for her latest novel, “First Descent” (Tundra Books, 2011), with the opening sentence: “When the shot rang out, I leapt from ...more
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Aug 28, 2011
 
A Soldier's Secret: The Incredible True Story of Sarah Edmonds, Civil War Hero
3.74
Frank Thompson wasn’t your ordinary Civil War soldier. For starters, Frank was extraordinarily versatile, serving as a nurse, mail carrier, and a spy. ...more
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Nov 11, 2012
 
The Moon and More
3.64
The Moon and More

There is something magical about the summer between high school graduation and college. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime emotional rollercoa
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Dec 22, 2013
 
Shine
3.85
When the National Book Foundation called Lauren Myracle to tell her that her book "Shine" (Amulet Books, 2011) was a finalist for the National Book Aw ...more
Oct 24, 2011
Nov 03, 2011
 
Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant (Delilah Dirk, #1)
3.97
Fwoomp! Swak! Meet Delilah Dirk

Imagine Lara Croft with Indiana Jones’ sense of humor, and throw in an exuberant love of adventure and disregard for da
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Dec 22, 2013
 
In Search of Sasquatch
3.83
I’ve never really thought that Bigfoot, or Sasquatch as it’s sometimes called, is anything more than a myth fueled by a series of clever (or not-so-cl ...more
Nov 15, 2011
Nov 15, 2011
 
Nobody's Secret
3.61
Emily Dickinson, Girl Sleuth

Author Michaela MacColl’s first two books featured a young Princess Victoria (“Prisoners in the Palace”) and future aviato
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Dec 22, 2013
 
Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb
4.05
Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb (Review)

On July 16, 1945, a fireball 600 feet wide exploded in the sky above a top-secret site in
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Aug 14, 2012
Aug 20, 2012
 
The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack (Burton & Swinburne, #1)
3.68
Okay, so it’s July, and you and I both know that at some point this summer you’ll have to crack open whatever book the schools have decided you need t ...more
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Jul 18, 2011
 
While He Was Away
3.46
After years of drifting around the country, seventeen year-old Penelope and her single mother Linda ("'Flotsam and jetsam,' she always said."), have r ...more
Jul 22, 2012
Jul 29, 2012
 
Rotters
3.65
Let me make one thing perfectly clear: "Rotters," by Daniel Kraus (Delacorte Press, 2011) is not for every YA reader. Well, what book is? But this nov ...more
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Apr 28, 2012
 
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
3.87
A vampire novel worth listening to

Do we really need another vampire novel? If the author is the insanely talented Holly Black, the answer is a resound
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Dec 22, 2013
 
Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)
4.11
“I am a coward. I wanted to be heroic and I pretended I was. I have always been good at pretending.” These are the opening words of “Code Name Verity” ...more
May 15, 2012
May 31, 2012
 
The Vanishing Act
3.32
The Vanishing Act

Near the beginning of Mette Jakobsen’s debut novel “The Vanishing Act” ( W.W. Norton, 2012), Minou, the story’s 12 year old narrator
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Oct 24, 2012
 
The Age of Miracles
3.64


In his book “Writing Science Fiction” (St. Martin’s Press, 1988), author Christopher Evans says, “Perhaps the crispest definition is that science fict
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Oct 23, 2012
 
Never Fall Down
4.17
Never Fall Down

Arn was eleven years old when the Khmer Rouge, a radical Communist regime, came to power in Cambodia. He was a happy, mischievous kid w
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Nov 25, 2012
Dec 04, 2012
 
Radioactive: Marie and Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout
3.97
"Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie. A Tale of Love and Fallout" (Harper Collins, 2011), by Lauren Redniss, is a fascinating scientific biography o ...more
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Apr 22, 2011
 
What Is Real
3.08
Whew...what a long, strange trip it's been. Or something like that. This is one dark, intense novel.
Dex Pratt's life is falling apart, as we learn fr
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Jun 07, 2011
 
Poison
3.93
A fresh rom-com adventure

A lot of YA literature is about dystopia, dysfunction, and darkness. I’m not knocking dystopia, dysfunction, and darkness—som
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Apr 03, 2013
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