Navigating through High School

Between Two Skies

This is a fine, well-written book worthy of all acceptation. A hard-working lower-middle-class family loses everything when Hurricane Katrina hits their part of Louisiana.  They evacuate to Atlanta and try to regroup and re-start their lives.  Eventually they (mostly) make… Read More ›

Chaotic Good

Cameron Birch and her twin brother Cooper have moved with their parents from Portland, Oregon, to Eugene, where her mother has accepted a job with the university and where her dad has retired to work in his garden.  Having recently… Read More ›

Nothing

Two 15-year-old girls decide to write a book about a year in their life and call it NOTHING because they say nothing ever happens to them.  Over the course of the year they write about their classes, teachers, siblings, boyfriends,… Read More ›

Protected

The cover says “A tender story of grief, trust, and healing.”  Well, no, it’s not that, although those factors are present. I wouldn’t call it “tender.” A teenage girl is involved in a bad car accident with her dad and… Read More ›

Foolish Hearts

This is a rather traditionally-told high school story with a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream a central focus.  There is also an online gaming component.  A fair range of characters appears and none are one-dimensional.  Thoughtful insights are revealed… Read More ›

Before Now

Atty is the daughter of a Haitian immigrant-turned-policeman and Native American woman who is a nurse or some kind of caregiver. They both work long hours, and she’s left to herself a lot. She is a smart girl and a… Read More ›

Jek/Hyde

A modern re-telling of the Jekyll and Hyde story set in a high school world.  Frequent bad language, primarily abusing the name of Jesus Christ and then supplementing with variations of the F-word and shit or ass.  Frequent sexual references,… Read More ›

The Grave Keepers

This is a mess of a book.  The Windham family are the hereditary gravekeepers for a very old cemetery.  In this book everybody is assigned a grave at birth.  When they are 13 they are given the key to the… Read More ›

The Date to Save

This is a charming book in the vein of “High School Musical,” where different students of all kinds come together for a big united finish.  Largely due to incompetence on the part of the principal, four major annual school events… Read More ›