Review: All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely

With All American Boys, Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely have written a moving, timely story about police brutality toward young Black men in America. I listened to this book as an audiobook, and it was outstanding. This story is really two stories: the interconnected experiences of Rashad Butler, a sixteen-year-old Black boy who is beaten at a convenience… Continue reading Review: All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely

SYNC: Free Summer Audiobook Program for Teens

Hi everyone! I discovered a NEAT THING and wanted to share. So, while writing a collection development paper about audiobooks this semester, I came across SYNC Audiobooks for Teens. In a nutshell, you can get free, high-interest YA audiobooks all summer long. From May 5 through August 17, SYNC will give away two popular audiobook… Continue reading SYNC: Free Summer Audiobook Program for Teens

Review: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Jacqueline Woodson's Brown Girl Dreaming is an autobiographical YA book in verse about her experience growing up first in North Carolina, and then New York City, in the 1960s. Brown Girl Dreaming is a Newbery Honor book, a Loretta Scott King Award winner, and a National Book Award winner. Jacqueline begins by painting a picture of her extended… Continue reading Review: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Review: Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Ruta Sepetys's Between Shades of Gray is a beautiful, emotionally draining book about the genocide of the Baltic people by the Soviet Union during World War II. I had never before read any books addressing this horrific aspect of the war; in fact, I'm not sure I even knew that this genocide had taken place. After being… Continue reading Review: Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Review: One Came Home by Amy Timberlake

Seeing as I recently moved to Wisconsin, Amy Timberlake's One Came Home, set in the fictional Placid, Wisconsin, in 1871, appealed to me. It follows Georgie Burkhardt, a tough, thirteen-year-old girl whose older sister, Agatha, has just turned up dead after running away a few days prior. Or has she? Georgie is not sure that the… Continue reading Review: One Came Home by Amy Timberlake

Matilda Reviews: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Unpopular Opinion: I didn't really like this book. But hear me out. Most of the people I know who have read Divergent loved it, and I think that's great! I love when people love books, and I even appreciate it when people love books that I don't particularly like, because it makes me think more about what… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Review: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

My girlfriend and I read Howl's Moving Castle out loud to each other, which I believe made it a lot more enjoyable than it would've been if I'd read it in my head. It was a fun, young adult fantasy story about a young girl, Sophie, who gets turned into an old woman. She makes her… Continue reading Review: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones