Author Archives: Debbie Koss-Warner

About Debbie Koss-Warner

Debbie works at Olympia High School

Black River Falls

In this science fiction novel, teenage Cardinal Cassidy struggles to survive in a small town called Black River. Many people in the town have been struck with the Plague which erases one’s memories. Cardinal wears a black mask, giving him … Continue reading

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Drag Teen

In this realistic fictional novel, JT, a teen who is not able to afford college, wants to get out of his dead-end town in Florida. His boyfriend Seth suggests driving to New York to participate in the Miss Drag Teen … Continue reading

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The Way Back From Broken

In this realistic fiction novel, teenager Rakmen’s little sister died. His anger led him to nearly flunk out of high school. His parents are on the verge of divorce. The only place Rakmen feels kind of feels supported is in … Continue reading

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Guile

This fantasy book takes place is pseudo-New Orleans. It follows the story of teenager Yonie Watereye as she tries to find out the truth of her parents’ mysterious death. The magic in this novel is called Guile: Yonie’s cat, LaRue, … Continue reading

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The Forgetting

In this fantasy/sci-fi novel, teenager Nadia is an outcast because she is the dyer’s daughter (one who dyes clothes). In the town of Canaan where Nadia lives, a wall surrounds the town; no one is allowed to venture past this … Continue reading

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Unbecoming

In this realistic fiction novel, seventeen-year-old Katie’s grandmother comes to live with her, her brother and her mom due to Alzheimer’s disease. A journey of self-discovery for all three women occurs as a result of her grandmother’s disease. During this … Continue reading

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Dig Too Deep

In this futuristic, yet realistic, novel, teenage Liberty goes to live with her grandmother after her mom is sent to prison. Liberty moves into a small impoverished town. In a very cliche high school, Liberty gets a boyfriend, makes enemies … Continue reading

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Blackwater

A double homicide upsets the quiet Swedish village of Blackwater. The residents are left dealing with finding the murderer while dealing with their own personal issues. The two main characters, Annie Raft and Johann Brandberg, face communes and cults while … Continue reading

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Last Princess, The

This dystopian novel takes place after the Seventeen Days of destruction. Eliza, the second princess of England, must find her captured brother and sister and stop the man who killed her mother. Eliza, pretending to be one of “the evil … Continue reading

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Raging Sea

In this sci-fi second volume in the Undertow Trilogy, Lyric, a teenage girl, must find and rescue all the people the government stole from her city of Coney Island. She must also face difficulties among her circle of so-called friends. … Continue reading

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P. S. I Like You

In this contemporary novel, Lily, a junior in high school, begins to leave notes under her desk in chemistry class and someone responds to her notes…which eventually blossoms into romance. This book is super cliche; typical mean girl with the … Continue reading

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Fluffy

In this early elementary fantasy graphic novel, Fluffy the cat, the Commander of P.U.R.S.T., must save his friends when his base gets invaded by aliens. This is a cute and hilarious read. It is well-written and easy for young children … Continue reading

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Big City Otto. Elephants Never Forget.

In this graphic novel, the story follows an elephant named Otto who leaves his home in Africa in search of his best friend, a monkey named Georgie who was taken by a man with a wooden nose. His search leads … Continue reading

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Encountering Bigfoot. Eyewitness Accounts.

This book is a collection of Bigfoot eyewitness accounts in graphic novel form. Recommended for elementary and middle school children who are interested in reading testimonies about Bigfoot sightings in the United States. The illustrations are fair for the story … Continue reading

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William and the Lost Spirit

In this fantasy adventure graphic novel, a young boy named William goes off in search of his sister who is trying to find their father’s spirit. In the process, he meets a mercenary named Barbant, a magical goat, and a … Continue reading

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Andy Warhol. “Everyone will be Famous for 15 Minutes.”

Enslow Publishers brings to their American REBELS series the unauthorized biography of Andy Warhol. The author does a fine job of consolidating information to produce this biography; it does satisfy basic information requests. The book is a well-organized and readable … Continue reading

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Secret of the Mountain Dog

In this novel, a young girl named Jax from Maine, finds a lost Tibetan mastiff dog who leads her into an exciting adventure. The dog takes her to a Tibetan temple in the mountains of Maine and introduces her to … Continue reading

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My Friend the Enemy

Set in World War II Britain when the Nazis are bombing the country, a young English boy and a young English female find a crashed German plane and a new German friend. The couple must hide the young German from … Continue reading

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Dash

A young Japanese-American girl named Mitsi is sent off to a containment camp located at the Puyallup Fairgounds in Washington State during World War II. While at the camp, she keeps in contact with her dog, Dash, who she could … Continue reading

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Ice Dogs

In an Alaskan setting, the story of a 14-year-old dog sledder and a lost city boy collide. The dog sledder, Victoria Secord, and the city boy, Chris, are lost in the woods together after Chris has a snowmobile accident. Together … Continue reading

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Dogs of Winter, The

Based on a true story, this novel is about a young Russian boy who is abandoned on the streets of Russia during a great time of poverty where children are abandoned in abundance. A pack of dogs find the boy … Continue reading

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Last Free Cat, The

This sci-fi/fantasy novel begins with a feline epidemic, a disease that cats can acquire and become fatal to humans. Because of the disease, the government has put a regulation on felines; one must have a cat from a government breeder … Continue reading

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Waking Storms

In this fantasy/romance/horror novel, newly mermaid teenage Luce belongs to a tribe of mermaids that sink ships. After a cruise line interrupts a funeral of one of her friends, the mermaids are forced to sink the ship. Once a human … Continue reading

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Imposter

In this adventure/mystery/supernatural novel, teenage Tessa is a variant; she can absorb the DNA of anyone she touches and become them. In a small town in Oregon, there has been a series of murders. Tessa is given the mission to … Continue reading

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Recruit, The

In this first in a series graphic novel, a young teenage boy has his life changed by events that he can not control. James is forced to join a secret government organization that uses kids to get information on terrorists. … Continue reading

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