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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 ›

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 ›

Now Is Everything

A wealthy family is ruled by a bullying tyrant of a husband/father.  Everyone has learned to tiptoe around the triggers that set him off. There is no sexual abuse but there is much physical and psychological violenc The oldest child… Read More ›

Sunkissed

This is just an excellent little happy but not silly book, for the most part. A teenage girl gets shipped off to a small island in Sweden for a month-long vacation stay with her hippie aunt.  Dismayed to find there… Read More ›

Black Water Rising

This is not a bad eco tale about a big company managing a dam irresponsibly and the folks affected by it.  There are good adults shown, no sex, some violence, bad language and profanity. Not a bad tale but the… Read More ›

What to Say Next

There are two protagonists in this book : One is David, a teenager with Asperger’s who has a great family supporting him. The other is Kit, a girl whose father was recently killed in a car accident.  The book alternates… Read More ›

Broken Circle

This book can stand alone but looks like the first in a series.  Somewhere in it is the germ of an interesting plot, but the story is not well- or logically-told.  A boy’s dad is the Grim Reaper; indeed, he… Read More ›