Archive of Young Adult

Book #66: The Beyonders: Chasing the Prophecy

Is it bad manners to say ditto again?  The third book in the Beyonders series might be my favorite, but that might be because I’m so emotionally invested in these characters that I feel every step they take with such weight.  Dang, this series is good. Goodreads rating: 5 stars

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Book #61: The Beyonders: Seeds of Rebellion

I reviewed the first book in this series here.  The second has far more world-building, which I enjoy.  I don’t have much to add to that review, so I’m going to make this easy on myself and say ditto.  Five stars, baby.

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11Dec2018

Book #47: The Wednesday Wars

I read Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt for my book club about a year ago and loved it.  What I didn’t realize is that it was a sequel to this Newbery-Award winning book, The Wednesday Wars.  Holling Hoodhood is a wonderful character and his agony over being forced to study Shakespeare with his teacher every Wednesday while his fellow students go to religious instruction was delightful.  Mrs.

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Book #45: The Beyonders, A World Without Heroes

For the second half of the books in this reading challenge, there will be quite a few that I read for the book group of homeschooled teens that I am mentoring this year.  The Beyonders: A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull is one of them.  When I met Brandon Mull at Life, the Universe and Everything Conference in February, I told him that I was going to have my book group read that series.  I

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10Dec2018

Book #41: Small Steps

Ever read Holes by Louis Sachar?  Small Steps picks up where Holes left off, but following Armpit instead of Stanley.  He is struggling to make a life for himself post-juvenile prison and the trauma of Camp Greenlake. There were a lot of good messages about trying to do the right thing when everything is stacked against you, and trying to do right after so many wrongs.  If you’re a fan of Hol

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22Feb2018
Author
Jenny
Category
Fantasy, Fiction, Self-help, Young Adult

Book #7 Geoffrey P. Ward’s Guide to Villainy

Last week I made a trip to the Life, the Universe and Everything Writing Conference.  I had heard about this conference from my writer sister-in-law who is in the know about these sorts of things.  As a birthday present, my husband surprised me with a plane ticket to go with Caren and not really knowing what to expect, I excitedly headed off. I write.  Sort of.  I have mounds of thoughts an

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28Jan2018
Author
Jenny
Category
Fiction, Goodreads, Young Adult

Book #3: Lord of the Flies

I don’t know how I managed to miss reading Lord of the Flies by William Golding in high school.  Isn’t it what most high schoolers read at some point and then speak only with hatred for the rest of their lives?  My thirteen-year-old daughter had heard of the urban myth about this particular book and wanted to read it, to see if it was as awful as predicted.  She asked me to read it as well,

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02Sep2012
Author
Jenny
Category
Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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A Confusion of Princes

I'm an ardent fan of Garth Nix.  His trilogy, Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen rank in my top 100 Best Books of All Time.  No, it's not an official, written-down-on-paper sort of list.  I wish it was.  That's actually a good idea.  But it would take too long and require lots of effort, so how about I just do this review instead?  In particular, I love the audiobook versions of this trilogy, read

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17Aug2012
Author
Jenny
Category
Fiction, Kids, Mystery, Young Adult
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The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict

I have reviewed every single book in Trenton Lee Stewart's series, The Mysterious Benedict Society.  That seems like overkill, really, but in this case, I don't care.  Often I won't bother to review later books in a series if I loved or hated them equal to the original.  What seems to happen with Stewart's books is that I love them just so much that I can't help but want to make people read the

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19Jul2012
Author
Jenny
Category
Fiction, Young Adult
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The Fault in Our Stars

I'll admit that I'm a John Green junkie. I loved Paper Towns and An Abundance of Katherines, which were both deliciously angsty and witty. I love me some wit. Green moved off my radar for a couple of years for no particular reason other than life happening. Then a friend mentioned his Crash Course videos on YouTube, which I watched and loved. They're like 10 minute biology or world history co

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