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Review: Stolen – Lucy Christopher

Synopsis from Goodreads Sixteen year old Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian Outback. This wild and desolate landscape becomes almost a character in the book, so vividly is it described. Ty, her captor, is no stereotype. He is young, fit and completely gorgeous. This new life in the wilderness has … Continue reading

Review: Grasshopper Jungle – Andrew Smith

Review: Grasshopper Jungle – Andrew Smith

Synopsis from Goodreads Sixteen-year-old Austin Szerba interweaves the story of his Polish legacy with the storyof how he and his best friend, Robby, brought about the end of humanity and the rise of an army of unstoppable, six-foot tall praying mantises in small-town Iowa. To make matters worse, Austin’s hormones are totally oblivious; they don’t … Continue reading

Review: She is Not Invisibe – Marcus Sedgwick

Review: She is Not Invisibe – Marcus Sedgwick

Synopsis from Goodreads Laureth Peak’s father is a writer. For years he’s been trying, and failing, to write a novel about coincidence. His wife thinks he’s obsessed, Laureth thinks he’s on the verge of a breakdown.He’s supposed to be doing research in Austria, so when his notebook shows up in New York, Laureth knows something … Continue reading

Review: Waiting for Gonzo – Dave Cousins

Review: Waiting for Gonzo – Dave Cousins

Synopsis from Goodreads Meet Oz . . . he’s got a talent for trouble but his heart’s always in the right place (well, nearly always). Uprooted from his friends and former life, Oz finds himself stranded in the sleepy village of Slowleigh. When a joke backfires on the first day at his new school, Oz … Continue reading

Review: Openly Straight – Bill Konigsberg

Review: Openly Straight – Bill Konigsberg

Synopsis from Goodreads Rafe is a normal teenager from Boulder, Colorado. He plays soccer. He’s won skiing prizes. He likes to write. And, oh yeah, he’s gay. He’s been out since 8th grade, and he isn’t teased, and he goes to other high schools and talks about tolerance and stuff. And while that’s important, all … Continue reading

Review: Dying to Know You – Aidan Chambers

Review: Dying to Know You – Aidan Chambers

Synopsis from Goodreads Karl, aged seventeen, is hopelessly in love. But the object of his affections, Firella, demands proof, and poses him a series of questions regarding his attitude to the many sides of love. But Karl is dyslexic, and convinced that if Firella finds out, she will think he is stupid, and unworthy of … Continue reading

Review: Moonglass – Jessi Kirby

Review: Moonglass – Jessi Kirby

Synopsis from Goodreads Anna’s life is upended when her father accepts a job transfer the summer before her junior year. It’s bad enough that she has to leave her friends and her life behind, but her dad is moving them to the beach where her parents first met and fell in love–a place awash in … Continue reading

Review: The Vast Fields of Ordinary – Nick Burd

Review: The Vast Fields of Ordinary – Nick Burd

Synopsis from Goodreads It’s Dade’s last summer at home, and things are pretty hopeless. He has a crappy job, a “boyfriend” who treats him like dirt, and his parents’ marriage is falling apart. So when he meets and falls in love with the mysterious Alex Kincaid, Dade feels like he’s finally experiencing true happiness. But … Continue reading