Category Archives: Book Review

Review of “With the Fire on High” by Elizabeth Acevedo

Elizabeth Acevedo’s first novel, The Poet X, won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, as well as the Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Fiction, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and the Pura Belpré Award. Although I … Continue reading

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Review of “The Downstairs Girl” by Stacey Lee

Stacey Lee writes historical fiction for young adults featuring intrepid female characters who fight discrimination and adversity to realize their dreams. The heroine in The Downstairs Girl is Jo Kuan, 17, who is living in Atlanta, Georgia in 1890. She … Continue reading

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Kid Lit – A Selection of Picture Books for Kids About Native Americans

Native American History for Kids Karen Bush Gibson (Author) This is part of the terrific series of non-fiction histories for kids published by the Chicago Review Press. This one provides an unvarnished history of the native peoples in America, and … Continue reading

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Halloween Review of “Ninth House” by Leigh Bardugo

This intelligent mystery mixes together academic politics, murder, and magic and is set at Yale University, the author’s alma mater. Yale is home to some of the most famous collegiate secret societies in the country. Current estimates put the number … Continue reading

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Review of “The Butterfly Girl: A Novel” by Rene Denfeld

The story in this novel is in some ways dark and depressing because it is unfortunately based on the author’s actual experience as a homeless child living on the streets and now a foster mother as well as a private … Continue reading

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