Category Archives: Over 375 pages

Parameters of the YA Novel: Is Bridge of Clay Still YA?

Bridge of Clay and YA Novels What are the parameters of the YA novel? Is Markus Zusak’s Bridge of Clay still YA? I asked myself this as I read this gorgeous novel. If you’re writing a novel that focuses on … Continue reading

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Adult Fiction: “Skippy Dies”

Skippy Dies by Paul Murray   Skippy Dies has been described by more than one professional reviewer as ‘hilarious and horrifying.’ I would say that it is hilarious for a very long time, and then suddenly horrifying. This is true … Continue reading

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More Than Romance: “Love and Other Theories”

Love and Other Theories by Alexis Bass   After freshman year of high school, Aubrey and her three best friends are on to an important reality: high school relationships don’t often last; in fact, given that high school students move … Continue reading

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Adult Books for Teens: Nonfiction: “Dead Wake”

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson The Lusitania, a British ship in the Cunard Line, was considered the most elegant passenger liner of its day. It was fast and luxurious, and a trip aboard was … Continue reading

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Romance: “Forever for a Year”

Forever for a Year by B. T. Gottfred   Fans of romance, teen angst, realistic fiction, child-parent relationship issues–this is your next read! Yes, all of you. I’m so glad I went to the Ontario Teen Book Fest and found … Continue reading

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Nonfiction: “The Warmth of Other Suns”

Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson   While I found The Warmth of Other Suns enlightening in many ways, I was truly astonished by the revelation that African Americans leaving the South during the early years of the Great … Continue reading

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Nonfiction: “The Half has Never been Told”

The Half has Never been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward E. Baptist     I was fascinated by Baptist’s argument that an important foundation of American capitalism, and an essential element in the economic success … Continue reading

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