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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 […]

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 […]

Night of the Cossack by Tom Blubaugh

  Night of the Cossack Tom Blubaugh Bound by Faith Publishers Date:  2011 256 pages ISBN-10: 0982902921 ISBN-13:978-0982902929 Lexile : 480L based on a small text sample Book Overview: Night of the Cossack is the story of Nathan Hertzfield, a Jewish teenager forcibly taken from his home and his family by a Cossack named Nikolai during a […]