YA Summer Books With Depth: My Life Next Door and We Were Liars

Huntley Fitzpatrick, author of My Life Next Door and What I Thought Was True, gave a reading and talk at my bookshop last Thursday night.  I had a great time hearing about little real-life details which inspire her, and the writing process in general.  Huntley read aloud from her newest YA book, What I Thought Was True, which is aContinue reading “YA Summer Books With Depth: My Life Next Door and We Were Liars”

Book Review: The Islands of Chaldea by Dianna Wynne Jones

Star Ratings (out of 5 stars): Characters: **** (4 stars) Character Development: **** (4 stars) Plot: *** (3 stars) Writing: **** (4 stars) Overall: **** (4 stars) Age range recommendation: 8 and up Just to say: I read an advanced readers’ copy of this book, so some details may have changed by publication. The IslandsContinue reading “Book Review: The Islands of Chaldea by Dianna Wynne Jones”

Book Review: Pointe by Brandy Colbert

Star Ratings (out of 5): Characters: **** (4 stars) Character Development: ***** (5 stars) Plot: **** (4 stars) Writing: **** (4 stars) Overall: **** (4 stars) Age range recommendation: 13 and up. Pointe is Brandy Colbert’s debut novel: a realistic YA story focusing on a kidnapping. And ballet. And eating disorders. And high school. It’sContinue reading “Book Review: Pointe by Brandy Colbert”