Book Review: Shock Point by April Henry

Tweet Sixteen-year-old Cassie is being kidnapped by two men in a van parked in her driveway. She fights like mad until her mother shows up with a suitcase, letting Cassie know she’s being sent off to a school for troubled … Continue reading

Book Review: Alligator Bayou by Donna Jo Napoli

Tweet Calogero is a 14-year-old immigrant to Louisiana from Sicily, and he lives in the small town of Tallulah where his cousins and uncles sell groceries and produce. The year is 1899, and the small band of Sicilians find the … Continue reading

Book Review: Lipstick Apology by Jennifer Jabaley

Tweet Emily Carson is in the midst of a party when she finds out her parents have died in a plane crash. She is further shocked when a seat-back tray is discovered with a message written in lipstick from her … Continue reading

Book Review: Unraveling by Lynn Biederman and Michelle Baldini

Tweet Previously I’ve written about an interview with Lynn Biederman, author of unraveling, and her mom. But I realized I never wrote my official review of the book for my blog readers. So here it is, just in time for … Continue reading

Book Review: Every Crooked Pot by Renée Rosen

Tweet I was sucked into Nina Goldman’s life the minute I started to read this little gem of a book from Renée Rosen. Nina was born with a strawberry birthmark that covers one of her eyes, and early on she … Continue reading

Book Review: Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Tweet Uglies was on the list for both my daughters and me this summer, and somehow I got it first. I was transported into the world of main-character Tally immediately. Tally is about to turn 16 and can’t wait for … Continue reading

The Crucible and Other Intense Reads

Tweet The Crucible by Arthur Miller will continue the run of heavy-discussion-topic books we’ve been reading in my book club with Madeleine. In the last year we’ve read Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, The Life of Pi by Yann Martel, … Continue reading

Mother-Daughter Book Club Discussion: Driver’s Ed by Caroline Cooney

Tweet Mother Daughter Book Club with my oldest daughter, Madeleine, was last night. It was a bit chaotic, with girls and moms arriving late and leaving early because of sports and homework commitments, but none of us wants to miss … Continue reading

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