Political Activism

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 ›

Fawkes

In England in the year 1604 teenager Thomas Fawkes is preparing to take the test that will determine his source of color power while also anxiously waiting to receive his hand-crafted mask from his father, Guy–both events that will mark… Read More ›

Down and Across

Soon-to-be high school senior Saaket “Scott” Ferdowsi has a problem: he has no passion for anything that gives him direction in life.  He easily loses interest in activities, then drops them, and moves on to something else.  Or not.  His… Read More ›

Nine

NINE sets the story with this opener: “In the summer of 1808, in a world parallel to our own, the sun flared, the sky turned orange, and the clouds gathered.  It rained torrentially for months straight.  After this “summer of… Read More ›

My Plain Jane

The publisher’s comment on the back flyleaf of this book says the three authors ((Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows) have as their goal to “fix history by rewriting one sad story at a time.”  The book’s dedication partly reads… Read More ›

Light Years

Teenage Luisa (aka Lu) is a talented, brilliant girl with a peculiar inherited faculty of experiencing smells and colors when she is feeling strong emotion.  (She has other “gifts” which emerge in the course of the book.) She applies for… Read More ›

Black Water Rising

This is not a bad eco tale about a big company managing a dam irresponsibly and the folks affected by it.  There are good adults shown, no sex, some violence, bad language and profanity. Not a bad tale but the… Read More ›