Political Activism

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 ›

Four Dead Queens

This 423-page fantasy novel is set in a land called Quadara, a land once ruled by a single king but now devolved into four separate quadrants, each represented by its own queen.  The quadrants follow the Henry Ford philosophy of… Read More ›

Enchantee

On the eve of the French Revolution in 1789, seventeen-year-old Camille Durbonne finds herself living in a garret with her fifteen-year-old sister Sophie and older brother Alain, so desperately poor that she turns to the magic taught her by her… Read More ›

Within These Lines

Evalina is a high school senior living in San Francisco, California in a loving Italian-American family whose mafia roots are in Chicago.  She helps with the family restaurant, has friends, is headed to university, and–most importantly for the story–is in love… Read More ›

On the Come Up

This story opens with sixteen-year-old Brianna (Bri) Jackson dealing with a lot of worries.  Her dad, once a rising rap star on the underground scene, is twelve-years-dead from a gang-related shooting, having left the family his famous name, a prized… Read More ›

The Beauty of the Moment

Sixteen-year-old Susan Thomas finds herself starting high school in a totally new locale, having been relocated by her parents from India to Saudi Arabia to Canada.  Her physician father has set up Susan and her mother in their new apartment… Read More ›

Orphan Monster Spy

Sarah is the teenage daughter of a beautiful German Jewess whose husband? boyfriend? made himself scarce years earlier.  As their situation in Nazi Germany becomes ever more precarious, the mother dissolves into an alcoholic, depressed mess.  She rallies finally for… Read More ›

The Similars

Emmeline Chance is so anxious about returning from California to Vermont to her highly prestigious and select private high school that she relies heavily on the “pharmas” her therapist has given her to dull her pain after the suicide of… 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 ›