Hero by Belinda Crawford
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Hero by Belinda Crawford

I expected lots of melodrama from this story about a woman who loses her entire family overnight in a house fire — the night before a wedding, no less.  Instead, this is a really rich story about two families and how one generation influences the next.  It’s also a book about friendship, and even about … Continue reading

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
Children and YA / Contemporary Fiction / Highly Recommended

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

It’s never a good idea to categorize people, but for this review I’m going to anyway.  There are the people who loved high school, there’s the people who could deal with it without being completely traumatized, and then there’s the rest of us. If you’re in the last group, this book will resonate.  It’s about … Continue reading

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Divergent by Veronica Roth

If you liked The Hunger Games, I’m sure you’ve already read this one by now. But if you haven’t, or if you like to get ahead of what’s coming out in theaters, you might want to check this one out. Divergent isn’t literature, and it doesn’t break too many of the rules of the young … Continue reading

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Review of The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley

Note: The Book Stop is on vacation!  This post was written in advance.  But please feel free to comment. If you like well-written fantasy with a strong female character, this is the book for you.  The Hero and the Crown won a Newbery Medal in 1985, which is awarded once a year to the best … Continue reading

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NPR’s Best-Ever Teen Novels List: What’s a Teen Novel Anyway?

NPR just posted another reader favorites list – this one is the 100 best-ever teen novels.  These lists are always fun, not just in a what-have-I-read kind of way, but for the “controversy” they generate.  (I say that in quotes because, however heated the discussion gets, it’s just a book list after all.) Who’s on … Continue reading