A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness, 2011, Book Review

This was a tough read, though I made it through the entire book in one sitting. You could say it was timely. Connor has been having the same nightmare over and over for months. The one where—oh, he can’t stand to think about it. He’s been having trouble at school with three bullies. He’s distanced … Continue reading A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness, 2011, Book Review

Tears of a Tiger, by Sharon Draper, 1994, Book Review

“In Memorium Robbie Washington, captain of our basketball team, was killed after the November 7 game in a terrible automobile accident…” …and Andy was the one driving the car. Drunk. He didn’t mean for it to happen. He didn’t want anyone to get hurt, especially not his best friend. They were just having a bit … Continue reading Tears of a Tiger, by Sharon Draper, 1994, Book Review

Belle Prater’s Boy, by Ruth White, 1996, Book Review

Belle Prater’s Boy is just the kind of book I love–beautifully written, moving, and full of thoughtful conclusions. It’s 1953 and Gypsy’s Aunt Belle has disappeared without a trace. Her cousin, Woodrow, comes to live in Granny and Grandpa Ball’s house right next door. He looks rough, with his hand-me-down mining clothes and his crossed … Continue reading Belle Prater’s Boy, by Ruth White, 1996, Book Review

On My Honor, by Marion Dane Bauer, 1986, Book Review

Joel didn’t want to ride out to Starved Rock Bluffs, let alone climb them, but Tony wouldn’t leave him alone. He talked his dad into giving him permission, hoping the whole time that he wouldn’t succeed. But his dad said yes, and the boys set off on their bikes, and Tony stopped at the bridge … Continue reading On My Honor, by Marion Dane Bauer, 1986, Book Review

Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Patterson, 1977, Book Review

Katherine Patterson is one of only five authors to twice win the Newbery medal. She delivers powerful, thought-provoking stories, beautifully written with a depth of emotion and meaning. The kind of stories I love, yet I wouldn’t count either of her Newbery winners among my favorites. Personal preference, I suppose. Yet there is much I … Continue reading Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Patterson, 1977, Book Review

The Farewell Season, by Ann Herrick, 2011, eBook Review

Eric has always loved football. It’s his senior year, scouts are making phone calls, a college scholarship seems secure. So why can’t he work up any enthusiasm? Because his dad has always been so closely entwined with his game, and three months ago a drunk driver unraveled everything. His dad is gone. Ann Herrick does … Continue reading The Farewell Season, by Ann Herrick, 2011, eBook Review