Young Adult

B
Royally Jacked

A couple of years ago I had the pleasure of reading Nicole Burnham's debut novel, Going to the Castle, and was pleasantly swept away into a modern day fairy tale. Since then I've felt that she was one of those great undiscovered treasures, and was excited to see her spreading her wings outside her S ...

B+
My Life as a Snow Bunny

Who needs thigh-expanding hot chocolate when one can read My Life As A Snow Bunny? It's a warm, feel-good book with just enough sweetness (minus the calories) to liven up a dreary winter day. Written in a chatty, first person style, the story is told by Jo Vincent, a pretty, playful, often ...

B
All's Fair in Love, War, and High School

I seem to like books about the high school experience, despite having absolutely no desire to go back to my own adolescence. I think I enjoy them for the same reason some people love traditional regencies. Like Regency society, the social caste of high school is also rigid with prescribed rules that ...

B
Sky Bounce

Deanna Miller's Sky Bounce isn't easy to categorize. It has strong religious and moral undertones, and I’m almost tempted to call it an inspirational, except that it is firmly set in a highly original fantasy universe. It's definitely a book for younger readers, and its protagonists are teenagers. ...

A
A Countess Below Stairs

Countess Below Stairs was the first Eva Ibbotson romance I ever read, and I've been an avid fan ever since. Why? Because her stories are so vivid. In Countess Below Stairs, Anna, a White Russian in exile goes to work as a housemaid in a beautiful mansion called Meersham. The owner is titled, a young ...

D-
Miranda and the Warrior

It's evident from the opening page of Miranda and the Warrior that we are dealing with a TSTL heroine. Annoyed because her father is "overprotective," Miranda Thurston escapes from the fort her daddy commands as a U.S. Cavalry officer in order to visit a friend. Daddy is worried about Cheyenne raid ...

A
The Phantom Tollbooth

I couldn't have been more thrilled when my daughter's fifth grade English class was assigned Norton Juster's The Phantom Tollbooth. This wonderfully clever fantasy, illustrated by Jules Feiffer, was written in 1961 and I believe it's never been out of print. I first read the book in junior high sc ...

B
I Am Not Esther

I find the topic of religion to be fascinating, so I’m always up for a book that includes religion as part of the plot. I Am Not Esther is a rather chilling book about a cult that allows no individual thought. Kirby Greenland has always had a chaotic life with her flaky mom. Sh ...

B+
When I Was Older

I skimmed When I Was Older a few years ago when it first came out in hardcover, and even though I didn't read all of it, it stayed with me. I kept going back to it and re-reading certain scenes. So when it came out in paperback, I bought it and this time read it cover to cover. It was then that I re ...

B
Catherine and the Pirate

Catherine and the Pirate is the first book I've read in Avon's new True Romance line, a series of smaller historical romances aimed at teens. Since it's been quite a few years (okay, I admit it, closing rapidly on two decades) since I was a teenager, I rather expected the novel to be too simple to s ...