Category: Children and YA

Review: Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

Angeline Boulley is a former co-worker of mine, and though I don’t know her well, I was excited for her first novel to come out, and even more excited to receive an advanced review copy.  I hoped I wouldn’t be disappointed, and I wasn’t. In fact, this book was everything I could ask for, with…

Review: Pride by Ibi Zoboi

I have a list of recent Austen adaptations I want to read, like Ayesha at Last, Unmarriageable, and Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors.  I’d seen great reviews of Pride by Idi Zoboi and was happy to find the audiobook narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo.  I thought her reading was terrific and I really appreciated Zoboi’s fresh look at…

Review: Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar

I absolutely loved this children’s book about a girl from a Cuban-Jewish family living in New York who is seriously injured in a car accident and ends up in a full body cast.  It’s a perfect book for children in about 3rd-4th grade who have ever felt left out – and what kid hasn’t? I…

On The Come Up and The Poet X: a Double Review

These books share a lot of similarities and both were fantastic, so I’m reviewing them together.  Both are about teenagers dealing with racial identity, religion, friendship, and family.  Both are gifted poets struggling to express themselves.  Both love their families but find themselves hiding more and more of themselves. On the Come Up is Angie…

Re-Reading Childhood Favorites: Heidi by Johanna Spyri

You might not expect Heidi to be one of my childhood favorites, but it is.  I tended to love books that were grittier and darker.  I preferred flawed or “prickly” characters (think Mary Poppins, Ramona, and Harriet the Spy) and I loved stories that scared me and those that had fantastic elements. Written in 1880,…

Review: The Breeding Tree by J. Andersen

Author Andersen has just released the third book in this series, and when she asked me to read it, I asked if I could start with the first instead.  This was an interesting, well-written YA dystopian novel.  It builds on concepts you’ve already seen frequently in dystopian novels, but with a nice amount of detail…

Dad’s Red Dress by L.J. Sedgwick

I loved this book by Irish author L.J. Sedgwick about a teenager who moves to Ireland with her transgender dad, her artist stepmother, and her younger sister Laura. It’s an unusual story, but one that’s told with humor and sensitivity. Jessie loves her family and her family clearly loves her.  Yet she’s hit with a…

Exploring Children’s Classics: Railway Children and All-of-a-Kind Family

Next in my exploration of children’s classics written by women are The Railway Children and All-of-a-Kind Family, both set around the turn of the century, although The Railway Children was actually published near that time, while Family was published in 1951.  Both novels are written by women about families that are struggling economically.  Both have…

Exploring Classic Children’s Series: Betsy-Tacy and Anne of Green Gables

For the Women’s Classics challenge, I’m exploring classic children’s books written by women.  In September I read two books, Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill, and Anne of Avonlea.  I had read the first books in the series, but these two were new to me. The Betsy-Tacy series was written by Maud Hart…

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