Young Adult Readers

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WOLF HOLLOW by Lauren Wolk…2020 LOVELACE nominee Division II

Wolf Hollow is not a book I would have picked up on my own.  I read Wolf Hollow because it is on the list of Maud Hart Lovelace nominees for 2020.  I know, also, that it was Newbery Honor book in 2017.  I listened to this one on Audio and did not have any preconceived ideas … Continue reading

WITH THE FIRE ON HIGH by Elizabeth Acevedo

WOW!  I cannot say enough how much I LOVED With the Fire on High! Emoni Santiago is one of my new favorite characters in literature. She’s extraordinary.  Her mother was Jamaican and her father is Puerto Rican.  She has always lived with her paternal grandmother; her father shows up for about a month (usually July) out … Continue reading

A GOOD KIND OF TROUBLE by Lisa Moore Ramee

A Good Kind of Trouble centers around Shayla, a 12-year-old girl beginning junior high with her two best friends. The main focus of the story is the fact that–as so often happens in those middle years–Shayla is seeing her friendships, her perceptions of others and the world around her change from the comfortable and familiar to … Continue reading

THE WAR THAT SAVED MY LIFE by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley…LOVELACE nominee 2017-18

I originally read The War That Saved My Life two years ago when it was first published in 2015 and so I am excited to see it show up on the Lovelace nominee list for 2017-18! The War That Saved My Life is Ava’s story.  When we meet Ava she is nine years old, living … Continue reading

BUBONIC PANIC: When Plague Invaded America by Gail Jarrow

If you had told me two weeks ago that I would be fascinated by a book about the bubonic plague I would’ve laughed at you.  Then I read Bubonic Panic by Gail Jarrow.  It’s not a book I would ordinarily have chosen off a library shelf to read.  However, because I had seen this book … Continue reading

GHETTO COWBOY by G. Neri…2016-17 LOVELACE nominee Division II

Ghetto Cowboy is one of the Lovelace nominees this year that has surprised me–in a great way!  As Ghetto Cowboy opens 12-year-old Cole is being driven by his mother from their home in Detroit to Philadelphia–where his father lives.  Although we are never given the specific details of Cole’s behavior which impelled his mother to … Continue reading

BROWN GIRL DREAMING by Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming is a remarkably accessible autobiographical account of the author’s childhood written in free verse that flows easily from page to page, smoothly linking each moment to the next in the story. Told through free verse, Jacqueline’s story from her earliest memories of her parents, her grandparents and her brothers and sisters … Continue reading

ZOMBIE BASEBALL BEATDOWN by Paolo Bacigalupi…2015-16 LOVELACE Nominee Division II

Zombie Baseball Beatdown was not the book I expected it to be. The cover art indicates silly, slapstick-y zombie zaniness.  There is definitely humor sprinkled throughout, provided primarily by the sarcastic one-liners from Joe (a secondary character).  The majority of the novel, however, centers on themes of corruption and immigration law. Rabi, Miguel and Joe … Continue reading

HALF A WORLD AWAY by Cynthia Kadohata

Jaden, now age 12,  was adopted by Penni and Steve from Romania when he was 8 years old.  Left in an orphanage by his birth mother at age 4, moved to four different group homes in Romania before being adopted, Jaden is convinced He only had one mother and she’d given him away when he … Continue reading


Rhyme Schemer is the story of 7th grader Kevin Jamison.  And it is not a pretty one.  Kevin is a bully with all the low self-esteem and cruelty toward others that go with it. Kevin is also a writer.  He carries a notebook and writes in it about his feelings and the events of his … Continue reading