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reviewed Room: A Novel. October 16, 2013
Room: A Novel
  I finished reading Emma Donoghue's Room a few days ago and I've been puzzling about it ever since.       The novel, which according to Donoghue's website …
Told in a series of blog postings, this is the story of your average middle-school student at his new (private) school.      Matthew is more interested in computer games than in school. …
reviewed The Cellar Door. March 05, 2013
The Cellar Door
This is the tale of a young boy and his amazing adventures.      Sam Bixby is your average nine-year-old. His parents have been divorced for most of his life. The concern and uncertainty …
reviewed The Boy Who Played With Dark Matter. January 01, 2013
The Boy Who Played With Dark Matter
Set at the dawn of the 22nd Century, this is about a young boy whose view of the world is turned upside down.      Zeddy lives with his parents, Zane and Zadie. The world is under …
reviewed The Hunger Games. December 20, 2012
The Hunger Games: Book 1
We're all familiar with the old storytelling trope about the evil empire oppressing the good guys who are helpless to do anything about it. Those actual stories, though, have one particular thing in common: …
reviewed Lectus: Ten by Gretchen McNeil. December 01, 2012
Lectus: Ten by Gretchen McNeil
Ten high school students got invited to an exclusive weekend house party on Henry Island. It was supposed to be fun... until one by one they start showing up dead.      Think of the …
Lectus: The Stone Girl by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
The Stone Girl takes a never-ending slow view on anorexia.      The only thing worth noting in this story is when Sethie finally admits to her mother that she might "need …
reviewed Lectus: Origin by Jessica Khoury. December 01, 2012
Lectus: Origin by Jessica Khoury
I was so looking forward to reading this book. Pia was born in a secret lab deep in the jungle of the Amazon. She’s born perfect. She doesn’t get sick, her skin is like that of Superman – …
reviewed Wish you were dead by Todd Strasser. September 20, 2012
Wish you were dead by Todd Strasser
A few popular kids in a rich high school disappeared. Is somebody out there set to make the rich and beautiful “pay”? That sound like a very pretty interesting mystery to me. And it was. Then …
reviewed Living dead girl by Elizabeth Scott. August 30, 2012
Living dead girl by Elizabeth Scott
"Once upon a time, I was a little girl who disappeared.   Once upon a time, my name was not Alice.      Once upon a time, I didn't know how lucky I was."   …
The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman
At 3% I was already in love with the "razor-sharp wit" of the characters. This is the kind of language and characters that I like and, when I find them, I just don't want to the book to …
reviewed Lexapros and Cons by Aaron Karo. August 30, 2012
Lexapros and Cons by Aaron Karo
I think this is the first time that I read a book that I have no idea what is about. I picked because I heard it was funny and I was in that mood. That said, I very much liked the story of Chuck dealing …
I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent #1) by Barry Lyga
Warning: this review has a little bit of spoiler at the end. That said, I love books about serial killers; therefore I had to read this one.      Not much is given in the synopsis …
172 hours on the moon by Johan Harstad
Norwegian novelist John Harstad creates a frightening trip to “explore” moon that includes three teenagers randomly chosen through a lottery.      I’m going …
reviewed Playground by 50 Cent. August 30, 2012
Playground by 50 Cent
Did you know 50 Cent could write? Other than songs, that is. He wrote this novel loosely inspired by his adolescence and with his 14 year old son in mind.   I was very skeptical of …
reviewed Bless me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya. August 30, 2012
Bless me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
Did you know that Bless me, Ultima is in the ALA list of banned books for 2008?      Yeap. First published in 1972 the book has been banned from been used in schools …
reviewed Skios: a novel by Michael Frayn. August 25, 2012
Skios: a novel by Michael Frayn
The first thing I’m going to say is that Skios would make a pretty funny movie because anything with mistaken identity is funny.      Dr. Norman Wilfred is going to Skios, a …
reviewed Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne. August 25, 2012
Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
Firstable, this book is a great read for boys!      I’d been waiting to read this book for a while and I’m glad it didn’t disappoint me. What I liked most of …
reviewed The Curse of Borage-Doone. June 23, 2012
The Curse of Borage-Doone
This young adult novel is about a young boy, and his grandmother who opens the "wrong" email.      Sam is your average ten-year-old resident of Britain. His Gran is staying …
The Lightbridge Legacy: Destiny's Call
This is the first of a trilogy (actually one long novel split into three books). This young adult tale is an excellent piece of writing. Ani, an adolescent girl who, troubled by strange dreams and visions, …
reviewed The Hunger Games. April 19, 2012
The Hunger Games: Book 1
Told from the perspective of the main character, Katniss, THE HUNGER GAMES takes place in a future where the United States as we know it no longer exists. The book never explains exactly what happened, …
reviewed Room: A Novel. March 21, 2012
Room: A Novel
Room       Author: Emma Donoghue   Reviewed By Fran Lewis       The four walls of a room can often be confining when you are sick and unable …
posted a Quick Tip about Room: A Novel. February 19, 2012
Room: A Novel
a great perspective of kidnap from the view of one who's never known anything else.
reviewed Gossip Girl (book series). November 30, 2011
Gossip Girl series,
The gorgeous Serena van der Woodsen returns home after getting kicked out of an expensive boarding school overseas. She believes things are going to be just the way before she left, but they aren't. …
reviewed Nancy Spellman and the Forest of Fear. September 10, 2011
Nancy Spellman and the Forest of Fear
First in a series, this book is about your average British schoolgirl thrust into a very strange situation. The fate of an entire world rests on the shoulders of her and her friend.      …
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