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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 ›

Now Is Everything

A wealthy family is ruled by a bullying tyrant of a husband/father.  Everyone has learned to tiptoe around the triggers that set him off. There is no sexual abuse but there is much physical and psychological violenc The oldest child… Read More ›

Sunkissed

This is just an excellent little happy but not silly book, for the most part. A teenage girl gets shipped off to a small island in Sweden for a month-long vacation stay with her hippie aunt.  Dismayed to find there… 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 ›

What to Say Next

There are two protagonists in this book : One is David, a teenager with Asperger’s who has a great family supporting him. The other is Kit, a girl whose father was recently killed in a car accident.  The book alternates… Read More ›

Broken Circle

This book can stand alone but looks like the first in a series.  Somewhere in it is the germ of an interesting plot, but the story is not well- or logically-told.  A boy’s dad is the Grim Reaper; indeed, he… 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 ›