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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 […]

Desert Angel by Charlie Price

  Desert Angel Charlie Price Date:  October 25, 2011 Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) 240 pages ISBN-10: 0374317755 ISBN-13: 978-0374317751 Lexile : HL670L   Book Overview: Desert Angel is the story of Angel, a fourteen year old girl caught in a destructive, inappropriate relationship with her mother’s boyfriend.  After he kills her mother, she is in a fight for […]

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

  I Am Number Four (Book 1, Lorien Legacies) Pittacus Lore (pseudonym) Lorien Legacies Homepage Date:  August 1, 2010 (hardback) 496 pages Lexile : 700L ISBN-10: 0061969575 ISBN-13: 978-0061969577  HarperCollins; reprint edition (Aug. 23, 2011)   The Lorien Legacies series is co-authored by Jobie Hughes and James Frey. Book Overview: I Am Number Four is the story of Daniel/John/you […]

Open Letter to Brian McGreevy – Swiss Cheese Approach to YA Books

Dear Mr. McGreevy, Your recent post “Why teens should read adult fiction” is as full of holes as Swiss cheese – the kind you discover lurking at the back of the refrigerator – and it also doesn’t pass the smell test. Perhaps the YA category is a “marketing distinction”, but more importantly, it describes a […]

The Book Report Format

The first post for this YA and Teen Fiction book blog was published in June.  I can’t believe it’s taken so long to see some results for all that work!  This summer, I experimented off-line with the format that book “reports” would take; I consulted with friends, writers, and teachers to hone the type […]