Young Adult

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Fifteen

There is something about adolescence, those teenage years, that marks you and leaves its brand for life. It's a time of an enormous breadth of feeling; breathless excitement, staggering humiliation, quivering expectancy. When you're in it, it absorbs you, and when you're past it, you never quite for ...

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Companions of the Night

Companions of the Night has a little bit of everything: action, adventure, suspense, and romance. It is written at the young adult level, so the gore and sensuality are more subdued, but it is fast-paced and interesting enough to keep any adult turning the pages. Kerry Nowicki is sixteen and the de ...

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Friends Don't Let Friends Date Jason

The closest I ever came to reading a teen romance was years ago, when I worked my way through the Beany Malone books. Since then it's been a steady diet of the grown-up stuff. Thus when I received this book, I really didn't know what to make of it. Fortunately (in this instance, at least), I have a ...