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  • In Your Shoes

    Four middle-schoolers navigate blossoming boy-girl romances, attending their first school dance, dealing with parents and the older generations, and managing anxieties over various issues.  Miles sometimes overthinks problems and is an obsessive worrier. His Grandpop Billy, who is wheelchair-bound because… Read More ›

  • The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

    “To Be Weak Is Miserable” is the chapter heading that begins and totally summarizes this remarkable, fantastically-imagined literary-revisionist version of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s FRANKENSTEIN.  Supposedly born to nobility but cast adrift when her mother dies and her father is imprisoned,… Read More ›

  • The Future Will Be BS Free

    Five students, all friends, from a Science and Technology Scholar Program (now eliminated because of school district funding shortfalls) band together in a money-making project to produce a small, portable truth-detecting device guaranteed to revolutionize the world.  At the time… Read More ›

  • Fresh Ink

    This book is an anthology of twelve stories by assorted YA authors.  (I say stories, but to me they read more like vignettes.)  The collection is designed to bring together diverse characters underrepresented in mainstream YA literature.  We’ve got your… Read More ›

  • Ship It

    I can’t think of a school library in Texas that can get away with putting a book with gay porn scenes in its collection but if that’s your school then by all means keep reading this review. SHIP IT tells… Read More ›

  • Squirm

    Billy Audubon Dickens doesn’t go out of his way to make friends at school because he knows he won’t be staying long. His mom has a fixation on bald eagles and insists on living wherever she can monitor a pair…. Read More ›

  • Totally Middle School

    This is an A+ collection of stories, texts, emails, first person narratives, and a short novel. Each is written with insight, humor and heart to shed light on the world of middle school. Betsy Groban is the editor who brought… Read More ›

  • No Fixed Address

    Seventh-grader Felix Knutsson and his mother, Astrid, find themselves living in a van after his grandmother dies and his mom has  mismanaged her inheritance (and her life in general). Astrid is not a good parent. She is mouthy, judgmental, a… Read More ›

  • Ten After Closing

    High school senior Scott just thinks he has problems. At home his unemployed, depressed, alcoholic dad is becoming increasingly abusive towards him, his mother and his younger sister Evie.  Even though he has several outstanding college offers for the fall,… Read More ›