Purchasing Young Adult Literature

Eden Summer

This book is set in West Yorkshire, and it is a pleasure to be reminded of the beauty of the are Two high school girls have been friends since they were tiny tykes.  One, Eden, seems to be a golden… Read More ›

Sneak Thief

Twelve-year-old Belle “Hush” Cantrell lives a ragged life. Her mom tells her she’s ugly and useless and, when her low-life thug boyfriend is around, sends her off on errands to get her out of the way. Belle tells people she’s… Read More ›

Just Fly Away

An attractive, successful family of two parents and two teenage daughters is thrown into turmoil when the father reveals he has an 8-yr-old son living in town, the result of an extramarital fling.  The husband’s wife had long known and… Read More ›

The Memory Trees

A 16-year-old girl has been living with her dad and step-mom in Florida for 8 years, since the tragic death of an older sister in Vermont.  Her birth mom in Vermont had a mental breakdown and was judged unsuitable to… Read More ›

Between Two Skies

This is a fine, well-written book worthy of all acceptation. A hard-working lower-middle-class family loses everything when Hurricane Katrina hits their part of Louisiana.  They evacuate to Atlanta and try to regroup and re-start their lives.  Eventually they (mostly) make… Read More ›

Strange Star

Felix, a free black man who has sailed from America via the French coast city of Calais to England, has found himself employed as a servant working for Lord Byron at the Villa Diodati in Switzerland. Visiting Lord Byron are… Read More ›

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 ›