children's fiction · contemporary · review

The Thing About Jellyfish – Ali Benjamin

"Some hearts beat only about 412 million times. Which might sound like a lot. But the truth is, it barely gets you twelve years." Blurb: "After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy must have been a rare jellyfish sting--things don't just happen for… Continue reading The Thing About Jellyfish – Ali Benjamin

children's fiction · fantasy · review · Uncategorized

The King Of Average – Gary Schwartz

“No one had any cause to give James a second thought and that’s the way he liked it.” Blurb: “James isn’t the world’s greatest kid, but he’s not the worst, either: he’s average! When he decides to become the most average kid who ever lived, James is transported to another world where he meets Mayor… Continue reading The King Of Average – Gary Schwartz

review · young adult

Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe – Benjamin Alire Sáenz

“Another secret of the universe: sometimes pain was like a storm that comes out of nowhere. The clearest summer could end in a downpour, could end in lightning and thunder.” Blurb: “Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world.… Continue reading Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe – Benjamin Alire Sáenz

children's fiction · contemporary · review

928 Miles From Home – Kim Slater

“Daydreaming is cool because you don’t have to work out a fool proof plan of how you’re going to do stuff or wrestle with the problems that might come up. You can just flash-forward to the good bits.” Blurb: “Fourteen year old Calum Brooks has big dreams. One day, he’ll escape this boring life and… Continue reading 928 Miles From Home – Kim Slater

contemporary · review · young adult

Goodbye Perfect – Sara Barnard

“I could lie and say I suspected something, or that it all makes sense now, but I didn’t, and it doesn’t. It just doesn’t make any sense at all.” Blurb: “Eden McKinley knows she can’t count on much in this world, but she can depend on Bonnie, her solid, steady, straight-A best friend. So it’s… Continue reading Goodbye Perfect – Sara Barnard