Political Activism

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 ›

Unclaimed Baggage

Three teenagers end up working together at an Unclaimed Baggage store in small-town Huntsville, Alabama: (1) Doris, an experienced staffer who hires the other two as new employees, and who is something of a social misfit because she is liberal… Read More ›

A Lite Too Bright

As the grandson (and third-generation namesake) of the author of A WORLD AWAY, a book supposedly so widely respected that it is read in high schools everywhere, Arthur Louis Pullman finds himself in an unhappy place.  His girlfriend has given… Read More ›

Dear Evan Hansen

Senior Evan Hansen is starting his last year at school with a broken arm gotten from falling a great distance out of a tree while working his summer job as an assistant park ranger.  Not that anyone will notice, because… Read More ›