Tag: young adult

Every Day by David Levithan

It’s entirely possible I’m reading too many books aimed at younger audiences (see this recent post), because I didn’t care for this one.  By the end, I appreciated what Levithan was trying to do, and I also appreciated the creative, complex concept of the book.  But because I didn’t like the main character, I couldn’t…

Should adults read books for teens?

It’s Day Four of the shutdown.  Am I enjoying my time off work?  Absolutely — pay or no pay, this week has been glorious.  Although, it’s starting to get a little weird waking up in the morning and not having anything to do.  But I’m pretty busy with my classes, yoga every morning, blogging, and…

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…

Review of The Drowned Cities by Paulo Bacigalupi

I’ve become a big fan of Paulo Bacigalupi after reading his short stories and his first YA novel, Ship Breakers.  Bacigalupi is not only a great writer and world-builder, but like all good science fiction or dystopian fiction, he makes really compelling statements about the world we live in. The Drowned Cities is no exception. …

Greatest Girl Characters: Who’s on Your List?

This week Biblibio posted on one of my favorite topics: strong female heroines in young adult literature.  The post refers to a list published by The Atlantic on “the greatest girl characters of young adult literature” which includes Laura Ingalls Wilder, Pippi Longstocking, Harriet the Spy, Betsy from Betsy-Tacy, Ramona Quimby, and a few others.…

Adventures in Mexico: a Review of The Earthquake Machine by Mary Pauline Lowry

The Earthquake Machine is a book by new author Mary Pauline Lowry.  I usually write my own summary of a book but since this book is a little hard to describe, here’s the author’s summary: The Earthquake Machine tells the story of 14 year-old Rhonda. On the outside, everything looks perfect in Rhonda’s world, but…