It's a bloody, disturbing book.
We follow Jazz, a teen just like any other. He wants his own life, his friends, and a girl. But unlike you and me, Jazz grew up being indoctrinated by his serial killer father. At seven, Jazz was seeing things no one ...read more
Bully is one of the most difficult documentaries I've ever made myself watch. It's tragic, cruel, and is one of our country's chronic issues. Regardless of skin color, income, or what county you live in, bullying doesn't just happen during the hours ...read more
Here's a novel readers will love but may overlook: a modern sci-fi tale taking place in a secret science facility buried in the exotic Amazonian rain forest. The place is called Little Cam and animal testing and complete isolation from the outside wo...read more
The harsh realities and the gruesome details of Ship Breaker's futuristic world demand a fearlessness from the reader and a certain level of intelligence. This is a smart book all about loyalty and survival. Frankly, it tops Kenneth Oppel's Airborn, ...read more
The Cutting Season defies categorization: Part thriller, murder-mystery, historical novel, and part contemporary literary fiction. The term "crowd pleaser" comes to mind.
Obama had just been elected, and ironically, people are still making a living ...read more
Karen Walker's first novel is a mild sci-fi about the world slowing its spin--adding minutes and eventually hours to each day. This is not going to end well for the planet. If it sounds too apocalyptic for you, rest assured that this backdrop is filt...read more
Every once in a while you read a book that delivers more than you thought it would. It's touching, refreshing, relevant and humble. "Every Day" is that book, and one of the very best young adult books of 2012.
Fans of the dramatic, romantic, and sli...read more
A "must-read," this book is the kind of powerful historical fiction that will be used in classrooms or summer reading one day.
"Between Shades of Gray" takes place during WWII, is based on fact, but is more accessible in voice and tone than the "The...read more
It's 1917, rural Alabama, and the locals have just gathered by the train station to welcome a new postmaster to their town. Needless to say, they're shocked when they see an African-American family step off the train. "Surely the new postmaster would...read more
Fans of Harry Potter and X-Men will enjoy this coming-of-age mystery. A relatively clean "PG-13" style fantasy and adventure, the story centers around 16-year-old Jakob as he treks to another country with his father. They are on a mission...read more
Finally, an award-winner appealing to more than solely the scholarly writers, socialites, and hipsters of the reading community.
Winner of the Man Booker Prize in 2011, I'm surprised this poetic and heavy little book is not being talked about more c...read more