Navigating through Middle School

every moment after

It’s graduation day for the seniors of East Ridge High School in New Jersey, eleven years after a shooting in a first-grade class killed eighteen of their classmates.  It’s a big media event, of course, but it’s also a pivotal… Read More ›

Dry

This is the first book I have read, I believe, by the writing Shustermans.  It is an excellent tale and apparently is already being made into a movie. Set in the present, the good folks of already water-starved California are… Read More ›

What the Woods Keep

Upon turning eighteen, Hayden Holland, currently living in New York with a roommate named Del, is contacted by the family lawyer about the Promise, Colorado estate she is inheriting from her mother, who mysteriously vanished in its woods some ten… Read More ›

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 ›

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 ›