Book Reviews

I am the happy (ecstatic, gleeful, giddy) recipient of numerous free books from various NCTE  and ILA conferences. The vast majority are already shelved in my classroom library, and some are being read by my students. Since many of the books are Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs), I plan to read the ones that I find interesting and post my reviews here before they are published. I will also post reviews of any additional books I read that I feel should be read by my high school students or that are important resources for my fellow teachers. If you want to read reviews of my personal reading list, follow me at Goodreads.

At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson (to be published Feb. 7, 2017)–Starred review. I highly recommend this, especially for those students who feel that a break-up is the end of the world. It is a mainstream novel with a gay male protagonist who is relatable to everyone.

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely–I expect this novel to appear on all the nomination lists; it is an early entry into young adult literature dealing with the ripped-from-the-headlines issues of racism and racial profiling.

Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten–the third book on the if-you-liked-Gone-Girl-list. More similar to Damage Done than Vanished. Psychological thriller/mystery but with a muddled ending.

Damage Done by Amanda Panitch–the twists keep coming in this book, which is also on the if-you-liked-Gone-Girl-lists. Similar audience to Vanished, but for those who prefer a more psychological thriller.

Vanished by E E Cooper–Starred Review. I highly recommend this book. It is already on if-you-liked-Gone-Girl lists, but those lists are exactly right.

The End of Fun by Sean McGinty–similar audience to Where Futures End, but for those who want a light-hearted comedy approach

Where Futures End by Parker Peevyhouse–for students who enjoy dystopian novels, or who enjoy gaming novels, such as Ready Player One

Steamboat School (Hopkinson/husband) review by Kristin Runyon Dec. 5, 2015