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Regina Brooks’ 5 Rules for Engaging YA Readers

When I first started writing YA, long ago, I picked up Writing Great Books for Young Adults by Regina Brooks. It's a book I still highly recommend today. However, it's been years since I read it, so I've pulled it off my shelf to give it my time and attention again. And I'm rather amused.… Continue reading Regina Brooks’ 5 Rules for Engaging YA Readers

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Book Review: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

Berlin, 1942: When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family must move to a new house far, far away, where there is no one to play with and nothing to do. A tall fence stretches as… Continue reading Book Review: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

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Book Review: Where I Belong by Tara White

Where I Belong by Tara White This moving novel of self-discovery and redemption takes place during the Oka Crisis of the summer of 1990. Having been adopted as an infant, Carrie has always felt out of place—and recurring dreams keep warning that someone close to her will be badly hurt. When she finds out that… Continue reading Book Review: Where I Belong by Tara White

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Book Review: Since You’ve Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne

Since You've Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne Fifteen-year-old Edie Fraser searches for her mother, who has gone missing shortly after the two moved to London, England, to escape Edie’s abusive father. Is it possible to outrun your past? Fifteen-year-old Edie Fraser and her mother, Sydney, have been trying to do just that for five… Continue reading Book Review: Since You’ve Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne

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Book Review: Blood Brothers by Colleen Nelson

Blood Brothers by Colleen Nelson Fifteen-year-old Jakub Kaminsky is the son of Polish immigrants, a good Catholic boy, and a graffiti artist. While his father sleeps, Jakub and his best friend, Lincoln, sneak out with spray paint to make their mark as Morf and Skar. When Jakub gets a scholarship to an elite private school,… Continue reading Book Review: Blood Brothers by Colleen Nelson

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Book Review: Black Chuck by Regan McDonell

Black Chuck by Regan McDonell Psycho. Sick. Dangerous. Réal Dufresne's reputation precedes him. When the mangled body of his best friend, Shaun, turns up in a field just east of town, tough-as-hell Réal blames himself. But except for the nightmares, all Ré remembers is beating the living crap out of Shaun the night of his… Continue reading Book Review: Black Chuck by Regan McDonell