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Review: Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham

If you’re like me, the first time you knew anything about the 1921 Tulsa race riots – or race massacre – was this summer, when Trump scheduled a rally in Tulsa on June 19 (Juneteenth). Before that I was mostly unaware of this history. What… Continue Reading “Review: Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham”

Top ten books I wish I’d read as a child

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is actually something I’ve thought a lot about: books I wish I’d read as a child.  There’s something so completely different about reading a book as a child — really falling into the story and characters and making… Continue Reading “Top ten books I wish I’d read as a child”

Review: The Things She’s Seen by Ambelin and Ezekiel Kwaymullina

I read this book for the Read Harder 2019 Challenge.  I needed an #ownvoices book set in Oceania: the #ownvoices part means by an indigenous author, and Oceania is Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific islands. The Things She’s Seen is by brother… Continue Reading “Review: The Things She’s Seen by Ambelin and Ezekiel Kwaymullina”

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… Continue Reading “On The Come Up and The Poet X: a Double Review”

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… Continue Reading “Dad’s Red Dress by L.J. Sedgwick”

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The world feels very wrong right now. Between shootings, terrorism, and the horrible people that are governing our country with seemingly no ethics or empathy whatsoever. I’ve been trying to write a review of this book for a while, and it’s especially relevant right… Continue Reading “The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas”

Riven by Belinda Crawford

I received a copy of Riven from author Belinda Crawford.  Last year I reviewed Hero, the first in the series, and loved it. I didn’t enjoy Riven quite as much, but I still want to see where the series goes. The Hero Rebellion is… Continue Reading “Riven by Belinda Crawford”

Hero by Belinda Crawford

I really enjoyed this book, a young adult science fiction novel which is the first book in the Hero Rebellion series by Australian author Belinda Crawford.  Hero is a teenager who has to take medication because she hears voices.  She’s treated as “special”, which… Continue Reading “Hero by Belinda Crawford”

Series on Sunday: The Aeronaut’s Windlass and Zeroes

This post features a couple of the series books I’ve read in the last few months. I read some of these a while ago, so I’m afraid these reviews will be pretty brief. Two more to come next Sunday. The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim… Continue Reading “Series on Sunday: The Aeronaut’s Windlass and Zeroes”

Among Others by Jo Walton

Among Others is sort of an odd book – it’s fantasy but at the it’s the author’s homage to science fiction. Morwenna is fifteen and has run away from her abusive mother. She recently lost her twin sister in some kind of showdown with… Continue Reading “Among Others by Jo Walton”

Outcast by Kim Vandervort

If you’re looking for a good middle-school/YA fantasy novel for your kids, this is one I highly recommend. It felt really original to me, and at the same time I felt it was a really nice mix of influences, not just your traditional fantasy… Continue Reading “Outcast by Kim Vandervort”

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… Continue Reading “Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick”

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