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About the Author

Kathrese McKee started life as a Systems Engineer at EDS, spent time in real estate, taught middle grade Reading and ESL in Texas, and settled down to blog and write speculative fiction for Young Adults. As a teacher, she fell in love with books written for teens and young adults. Her favorite books are “coming of age” stories about young people on the difficult road of self-discovery.

About the Author

Kathrese McKee started life as a Systems Engineer at EDS, spent time in real estate, taught middle grade Reading and ESL in Texas, and settled down to blog and write speculative fiction for Young Adults.

As a teacher, she fell in love with books written for Teens and Young Adults. Her favorite books are “coming of age” stories about young people on the difficult road of self-discovery.

The Case for Good Taste

My first post on this blog, back in June 2011, was about the furor over Meghan Gurdon’s article entitled, “Darkness Too Visible.” From the extreme reaction the article received, you’d have thought Ms. Gurdon advocated burning books in the village square. YA authors–at least some of them–were up in arms, breaking out the torches and […]

Meet Laura Anderson Kurk

Southern Grace Never mind the shy smile; when Laura Kurk has something on her heart, she says what’s on her mind–right out–in that sweet Oklahoma accent with Texan touches. She writes like she talks, with southern grace. Her love of great literature shines in everything she writes, and her books prove that Young Adult fiction […]

It’s Complicated by Laura L. Smith

Book Overview: It’s Complicated is the first book in the Status Updates which follows the story of Claire, Hannah, Palmer, and Kat, new freshman college roommates. The four friends learn to pull together as they navigate through life changing circumstances. Positive Content: Ms. Smith deftly portrays four very different girls, as they tell their stories–both […]

Glass Girl by Laura A. Kurk (2013 edition)

Book Overview: Glass Girl (2013 edition) is the story of Meg and Henry–the first part of their story. Meg is the new girl in town, but she’s keeping a secret–her big brother died in a violent encounter that shattered her family.  Henry longs to comfort the grief he can sense in Meg, and as they draw […]

Rape Girl by Alina Klein

    Rape Girl Alina Klein namelos Date:  August 1, 2012 132 pages ISBN-10: 1608981231 ISBN-13: 978-1608981236 Lexile : 970L Book Overview: Rape Girl as in, “‘Hey, look. It’s that girl. That rape girl, right?’”  is the story of Valerie, sixteen years old, the victim of a rape, not only of her body, but of her good name as […]