The Prodigy by John Feinstein

‘Stage fathers always wanted complete control, and anyone who threatened that control—whether from the inside or the outside—was usually thrown off the island.’ Teenage golf phenom Frank Baker is not just country-club good, not just amateur-tourney good, he’s Masters ready. But the Perryton Prodigy will have to weather the grind and pressure of that 5... Continue Reading →

We Regret to Inform You by A.E. Kaplan

The adult world is... built on the shifting grounds of friendship and competition. The double message of this society and economy are to get along and get ahead. We want our children to fit in and to stand out. We rarely address the conflict between these goals. -Ellen Goodman Goodman wrote this passage in her... Continue Reading →

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Dear Courtney Summers. I am not very happy with you. You f’d up my routine. I can’t get The Girls theme song out of my head, I can’t stop thinking about the ending of Sadie, and there’s a two-liter bottle of Diet Coke sitting here on my desk that’ll get me through the morning, but... Continue Reading →

Mirage by Somaiya Daud

‘Happiness is rebellion, but it will not win the war.’ On the night of the initiation ceremony into her clan, eighteen-year-old Amani is abducted from her family to become a political decoy for the princess of the regime that has conquered her family’s world. Body doubles are used to sample food and take bullets, to... Continue Reading →

4 Great YA Reads for the Spring.

After the success of my first list last week, I've decided to write another one, and to continue writing one every Thursday. Thank you so much for your continued support. As a high school English teacher, I love to introduce new books to my students. These are four very different books for young-adult readers, but... Continue Reading →

Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff

Jay Kristoff’s Lifel1k3 is a ground-shaking cross between MadMax and A.I.. From thousands upon thousands of mSv of radiation to deep-water cyber-kraken to biotech clone attack dogs, the post-apocalypse landscape of the book is wrought with all kinds of dastardly evils. Stuck in the middle are Eve and her sidekick Lemon, who spend their days... Continue Reading →

Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

I’m sweating. I feel like I’m going to have a heart attack…  I’m gonna to pass out. I’m gonna throw up, piss, and shi#$ all at the same time… For anyone who has ever had a panic attack, as I have, these symptoms snowball and quickly cripple you. Moss Jefferies, the main character of Mark... Continue Reading →

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