Dec 6, 2013
So, how's that for a description? A boarding school for pregnant teenagers that's raided by a group of hot warriors with extra baby daddy drama and aliens! It's that absurd which makes it fantastic. The authors do a fantastic job of intertwining the absurdity with a great plot and even some social commentary. The book is funny and exciting and there's even a great romance. I loved the book and couldn't put it down.
Appropriateness: Well, it's a book about pregnant teenagers so there's a bit of sex (but nothing descriptive) and sex talk. There are some discussions of abortion and adoption. It's nothing that's really inappropriate for older middle school readers (and it gives parents a good excuse to talk about teen pregnancy (and alien babies) but I think it will speak more to older teens who can really enjoy the irony and sarcasm that's interweaved throughout the book.
Dec 1, 2013
This is a fantastic book, difficult and full of heart. Callie has lived a tough life and integrating into a new community and coming to grips with her past. The author does a good job at making the reader really understand why Callie makes the choices that she makes even if they're not the right choices. I sped through the book unable to put it down.
Appropriateness: There is a lot of sex in this book, a lot. None of it is erotic or over descriptive but Callie's sexual behavior and her past sexual abuse is integral to her character and her story. There is underage drinking but no drug abuse. I would recommend this book to readers 16+ and encourage parents to use it to discuss sexuality and why people may act out sexually.
Nov 25, 2013
I loved this book and could not put it down, reading the entire thing in one sitting (and that's not usual for me currently). Pip's journey seems authentic and his search for independence is one that kids can identify with. This is a book that I would buy for the boys in my life.
Appropriateness: This is a male focused book but the story is one that will speak to girls as well. The only bit of adult content is a mention of condoms as a joke and a worry that a boy is using Pip's female best friend for her body. I would recommend this book to readers 11-15.
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Nov 22, 2013
I found myself speeding through this book, there was just so much going on. The characters however were a little too black and white. I found myself getting so upset at Kieran who seemed so stupid that you could hit him in the head with something and he'd refuse to acknowledge that anything was there while Waverly was always right and always had the right answer. There were several great twists and turns with the mystery and the ship and the politics between the two ships kept me interested.
Appropriateness: There was no adult content in this book although it was very violent. I would recommend this book to readers 13+
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Nov 17, 2013
This was a terrific novel. It deals with a tough subject without seeming too much like an after school special. Ronnie is deeply flawed but the author does a good job at making the reader understand where her flaws come from and root for her to make good decisions. I really enjoyed the book and couldn't put it down.
Appropriateness: There's talk of sex and drugs and drinking but none of it is put in a positive light. I would recommend it for readers 12+
This is a delightful and magical book. I loved Roo and Mad who are both strong female heroines who were complex and interesting. The green message of the book was fantastic and one that kids will enjoy. While I did have problems being engaged at the beginning of the book the vague creepiness that was evident kept me hooked and I was glad that I kept with it. The story was original and magical.
Appropriateness: There is no adult content in this book and it is more creepy than scary. There is a bit of romance in a does he like me way that is appropriate for a young middle school character. I would recommend this book to readers 9-14
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Nov 11, 2013
This is a great book that tweens will really love. Taylor has a personality and a basic set of problems that kids will be able to relate to. I sped through this book, unable to put it down.
Appropriateness: There is no adult content in this book. I would recommend it for readers 10-14
Nov 1, 2013
Listening for Lucca by Suzanne LaFleur follows Sienna who is a girl who can see things. She sees ghosts from the past, trying to use them to help her little brother Lucca. She feels that the things from the past will help Lucca will be okay.
This is a wonderful book that is interesting and will keep you on the edge of your seat. The characters of Lucca and Sienna and their problems make for an interesting read that caused my reader to race through the book.
Appropriateness: This is a great book for middle grade girls. There's a bit of romance but not enough to put off readers. I would recommend this book to readers 10-14
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