Reviews and Blog Posts: quick reads

The girl in the park

by Mariah Fredericks

Reviewer Rating:
4

Rain has always struggled to speak, but she's going to have to find her voice now if she's going to help figure out who killed her former best friend, Wendy Geller, in Central Park. Yes, Wendy was a bit tipsy when Rain saw her at the party, but she doesn't...

The letter Q : queer writers' notes to their younger selves

Reviewer Rating:
4

The Letter Q includes more than 60 writers, and what they would say to their teen selves if they could. All of these writers grew up to be proudly gay, lesbian, or bisexual, and their consistent message to their younger selves is that life will change, that it will change...

Quirky Short Stories

cover for Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen by Marilyn Chin

Do you need a little interesting non-committal reading? Grab one of these!

Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen by Marilyn Chin
A novel in short stories, this book follows the lives of Mei Ling and Moonie, identical (and comically opposite in nature) twins. Chin researched Chinese women's revenge stories for this book and the combination of old fables with what it's like to be a Chinese-American today are brilliant.

The Nimrod Flipout by Etgar Keret

A home for Mr. Easter

by Brooke A Allen

Reviewer Rating:
0

Tesana is a big girl who lives in her own imaginary world. In an attempt to fit in at her new school, she tries to help out with the pep rally. There, she finds a rabbit that can lay eggs and ends up beating up the entire football team to...

Shakespeare makes the playoffs

by Ronald Koertge

Reviewer Rating:
4

Kevin from Shakespeare Bats Cleanup is back! In that book, Kevin was sidelined from baseball and learned that he also has a passion for writing poetry. In this book, he's still playing baseball, still writing poetry, and trying to balance the two. He's also dealing with his girlfriend Mira,...

Destroy all cars

by Blake Nelson

Reviewer Rating:
3

Cameron Smith has his opinions, especially about consumerism and the environment. He expresses these opinions through essays he turns in as English assignments, often getting them back with the feedback that he needs to focus, stop ranting, and back up his points. Throughout the year, he tries to get over...

So punk rock (and other ways to disappoint your mother) : a novel

by Micol Ostow

Reviewer Rating:
0

Ari wants to do something to stand out during his junior year at Gittelman Jewish Day School. He's been wingman to his best friend, Jonas (who can get anything he wants from anyone--girl, boy, teacher--with just a smile) for too long. His parents just want him to excel at his...

Castration Celebration

by Jake Wizner

Reviewer Rating:
0

Olivia is really pissed at her dad for cheating and has had it with men. Since she's at an art and drama camp for the summer, she decides to vent her frustrations by writing a musical, Castration Celebration. Her vow to ignore men all summer backfires, though, when the charming...

Anything but typical

by Nora Raleigh Baskin

Reviewer Rating:
0

Jason Blake is 12, and autistic. He knows enough about NTs (that's neurotypicals) to know that he doesn't quite fit in, and to worry about it, but sometimes he just can't help himself, like when it feels like his hair is on fire, or when standing on the grass hurts....

The carbon diaries 2015

by Saci Lloyd

Reviewer Rating:
0

Do you think climate change is a problem? Ever thought about the day-to-day, real life consequences of things like shifting weather patterns, fuel shortages, and nations struggling with what to do to lower their energy use? For a glimpse at a possible near future, take a peek at Laura's diary....

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