Category Archives: young adult

The Witches by Roald Dahl

Read  October 2017 Recommended for fans of Roald Dahl ★    ★    Things that are cool: a cigar-smoking grandma who encourages you to take safe action investigating solving problems witches with accents   Things that are creepy: Having to stay a … Continue reading

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Lumberjanes Vol.2 Friendship to the Max!

Read  July 2017 Recommended for chicks who love camping or graphic novels ★    ★    ★    ★    ★ Score! For a person who ordinarily struggles with the format of graphic novels, this series is the max, adorbs, the bomb, rad, … Continue reading

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Lumberjanes: Beware the Kitten Holy by Stevenson, Ellis, Watters, and Allen

Read  June 2017 Recommended for people in the mood for fun! Pow! Friends to the max! ★    ★    ★     1/2 I’m really not one for graphic novels; the form generally misses me. But I kept seeing Lumberjanes appear on my … Continue reading

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Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon

Read February 2017 Recommended for fans of fairy tales and clever girls  ★     ★    ★    ★    ★     Castle Hangnail is unbelievably charming and one of the first reads of the year to make it to my ‘to … Continue reading

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Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson, or Author’s Notes to Way of Kings

Read August 2016 Recommended for librarians, fans of Lemony Snicket and Artemis Fowl  ★     ★     ★      Also known as The Official Author’s Notes for The Way of Kings. Stay with me. The first clue is in Chapter 2. “I’ve … Continue reading

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The Pygmy Dragon by Marc Secchia. Or, Back to class!

Read July  2016 Recommended for the author. To re-work.  ★     “This week’s assignment will be to write two chapters of a young adult book about a Pygmy girl, dragons and special powers.” At least, that’s how I imagine The … Continue reading

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The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Read June  2016 Recommended for young adult readers, fans of imagination  ★     ★     ★     1/2    Based on Wanda’s excellent review, as well as my own fondness for ancient Egypt, I picked up this young adult book … Continue reading

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Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Read February 2016 Recommended for fans of young adult, biotech, Austria  ★    ★    ★ An Adventure in Which an Aristocratic Young Man Discovers How to Pilot an All-Terrain Walker and that he is Now an Orphan, and a … Continue reading

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Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older

Read October 2015 Recommended for fans of urban fantasy, UF  ★    ★    ★    ★ I’m rather annoyed by the label ‘message fiction,’ as I feel like it implies everything else doesn’t have a message. Yet I suppose … Continue reading

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Positive by David Wellington. Not so much.

Read September 2015 Recommended for fans of YA and zombies. And flat story-telling  ★    ★    See Finn and his parents. See Finn leave New York. See Finn fight off a scary woman. See Finn meet a man traveling with … Continue reading

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