Navigating through High School

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

Before Now

Atty is the daughter of a Haitian immigrant-turned-policeman and Native American woman who is a nurse or some kind of caregiver. They both work long hours, and she’s left to herself a lot. She is a smart girl and a… Read More ›

Jek/Hyde

A modern re-telling of the Jekyll and Hyde story set in a high school world.  Frequent bad language, primarily abusing the name of Jesus Christ and then supplementing with variations of the F-word and shit or ass.  Frequent sexual references,… Read More ›