Young Adult

B-
A Rose for Melinda

The young adult section of my library has scads of books by Lurlene McDaniel, and they go out all the time. So when I was given a chance to review her newest, A Rose for Melinda, I jumped at it. I was long overdue to read McDaniel, but I'd hesitated because her books always seem to be about illness ...

B
Nicola and the Viscount

There were times when Nicola Sparks, the heroine of Nicola and the Viscount, reminded me of Jane Austen's Emma. There were times she resembled Cher from Clueless, and toward the end she was rather like Nancy Drew. I think Nicola would approve of all these comparisons, since she is a lover of poetry ...

D
Gwyneth and the Thief

I am not a stickler for historical accuracy by any stretch of the imagination and I might have let the questionable plot points of this book slide by had the story been good enough. Alas, the plot was so reminiscent of an animated Disney movie that I kept waiting for little woodland animals to burst ...

A-
All American Girl

Books are keepers for many reasons. Some are intricately plotted. Some have fascinating, one-of-a-kind characters. Some are beautifully written with lush prose and thoughtful symbolism. And some just make you smile over and over until you sigh in happiness at the end. All-American Girl fits into the ...

B+
This Lullaby

This lullaby is only a few words A simple run of chords Quiet here in this spare room But you can hear it, hear it Wherever you may go I will let you down But this lullaby plays on. This Lullaby is the song that Remy's father wrote for her when he found out she was born. He never saw ...

B
Samantha and the Cowboy

Last month I started glomming Lorraine Heath's books: fortunately for me she has a relatively small backlist. I had a bit of good timing, in that she had just released a new book for Avon's young adult line: Samantha and the Cowboy. As with anyone in glom-mode, I snatched it up and read it. S ...

A-
Princess In Love

Mia Thermopolis (full name: Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo) is a fourteen-year-old, vegetarian, environmentalist, New-York-City-residing European princess. It has only been a few months since Mia learned she was heir to the throne of Genovia, and since she found this out, her life ha ...

A
The Anne of Green Gables Series

When I am cleaning up the kitchen for what seems like the millionth time or coaxing a reluctant child to do her homework, I remind myself that parenting has its perks. Topping the list for me is the joy of introducing my children to books I loved as a little girl. Over twenty years ago my sister and ...

A
When We First Met

When I was in fourth grade, I had opportunity to take home some books that were being discarded from a local bookstore. When I picked up Norma Fox Mazer's When We First Met, I thought, what the heck? Seventeen years later, I'm still glad I did. Jenny Pennoyer is a pretty normal se ...

A
The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman

I'm extremely partial to young adult fiction. I am, of course, a children's librarian, so that's not surprising, but I don't think that you have to be a young adult or a young adult librarian to enjoy YA literature. It's quite often well written, but almost never pretentious. It often deals with ser ...