Net Neutrality

Internet neutrality is a hot topic issue in the U.S. Congress at the moment. The book Net Neutrality presents a concise forum for the discussion and explanation of different aspects regulating to the use and abuse of the world wide web. Who should regulate the speed, source, and options of what is available on the . . . → Read More: Net Neutrality

Black Holes: The Weird Science of the Most Mysterious Objects in the Universe

Black Holes by Sara Latta is non-fiction book that is a quick and captivating read for those who are interested in astronomy and physics but not becoming actual astronomers or physicists.

Latta presents the history and backstory of how the concept of black holes, which started out being called dark stars, has grown into . . . → Read More: Black Holes: The Weird Science of the Most Mysterious Objects in the Universe


Labyrinth, by Israel Keats, is a juvenile fiction book in the science fiction genre that is fast paced and action packed.

The story begins with two teens, a boy from a dysfunctional family who feels that he has nothing to live for, and a girl from a caring home, but one in comparison where the . . . → Read More: Labyrinth

Will’s Words: how William Shakespeare change the way you talk

A really approachable and informative non-fiction picture book that I think has a wide grade-range of appeal. The illustrations are cartoonish enough to be inviting, but still do a good job of providing the reader with a visual context for the time period. The text is written with a chatty voice that makes it approachable . . . → Read More: Will’s Words: how William Shakespeare change the way you talk

The Last True Love Story

Like sappy love stories — this is not it. The Last True Love Story does not take place in a high school. The Last True Love Story does not have a female protagonist. The Last True Love Story does not have an amazing happily-ever-after ending. The Last True Love Story is about love that is . . . → Read More: The Last True Love Story

Plastic, Ahoy!: Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

In the middle of the Pacific Ocean is a giant pile of garbage. Scientists have studied the phenomenon, and the creators of this book journeyed to witness science in action. They focus on three scientists, and show some of the methods of study. Text is broken up with plentiful photographs of things found in the . . . → Read More: Plastic, Ahoy!: Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Keep Me In Mind

When one of two star-crossed lovers full of teen agnst run falls off of a cliff in the 1st chapter, readers of Keep Me In Mind by Jaime Reed will be anxiously ready to turn the next pages. Alternating chapters between each, Ellia Dawson and Liam McPherson tell their side of the story in dealing . . . → Read More: Keep Me In Mind

Women with Wings: Women Pilots of World War ll

Significant, but overlooked, pilots of World War II are showcased in this important book by Shannon Baker Moore. We learn about women who were ahead of their times, wanting to do more than society was ready for them to do. American women fought battles here on our soil to gain acceptance for their passion for . . . → Read More: Women with Wings: Women Pilots of World War ll

The Icarus Show

The Icarus Show, by Sally Christie, is a tender and insightful examination of strategies used to cope with uncomfortable situations and how they can interfere with living a full life. Alex has devised the perfect coping strategy for his first year in secondary school: no matter what happens, do not react in any way. David, . . . → Read More: The Icarus Show


Set on an island off the South Carolina coast, Illusion is the third book in the Heirs of Watson Island series. Southern Gothic fiction steeped in mysticism and spirits with strange disappearances and characters who live for centuries, readers who pick up this book without having read the first two will have a difficult time . . . → Read More: Illusion

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 the nickname Black Mask Man. He must be constantly cautious so as not to get . . . → Read More: Black River Falls

The Shadows We Know by Heart

The Shadows We Know by Heart is the story of a teenage girl, Leah, whose life has never been the same since the death of her brother ten years earlier. Her mother self medicates with alcohol, and her father is bitter with anger. And Leah has a secret she can’t tell, which is Sasquatches (Big . . . → Read More: The Shadows We Know by Heart

Almost Autumn

Almost Autumn is set in the snow covered streets of Oslo, Norway, in October 1942. a 15 yr. old Jewish girl, Ilse Stern is waiting to meet Hermann Rod, the boy-next-door who she’s had a crush on forever, to go on their first date. But Hermann can’t make it. Ilse is completely unaware that Hermann . . . → Read More: Almost Autumn

Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake (Music Storybooks)

Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake ballet is presented as a picture book with stunning mixed media illustrations by renowned Mexican artist Gabriel Pacheco.

In addition to beautiful telling of the story, the book includes information about the composer, background about the ballet, and descriptions and definitions of both the music and ballet moves of the performance. Readers . . . → Read More: Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake (Music Storybooks)

Make me the Best Football Player

Make Me the Best Football Player is part of the Make Me the Best Athlete series which, in addition to football, also includes the sports of track and field, baseball, basketball, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, and volleyball.

This non-fiction, easy to read text highlights five positions: quarterback, running back, wide receiver, linebacker, and defensive end. Each . . . → Read More: Make me the Best Football Player

The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse is a graphic novel (it’s more than a short story, more like a novella) by Spanish cartoonist Paco Roca. A work of historic fiction, the story tells of Francisco, a wounded, disheartened sixteen-year-old Republican soldier in the Spanish Civil War. He tries to flee the war by crossing the French border. During his . . . → Read More: The Lighthouse

The Witching Hour (Midnight)

The Witching Hour is part of the Midnight) series of scary stories, which are similar in length to the Goosebumps series, but intended for teen readers. The Witching Hour focuses on Rosie, a teenage girl who moves to the town of Middleton shortly after Mackie, a star played on the high school football team, has . . . → Read More: The Witching Hour (Midnight)


Dallas is part of a new series called Texas Fridays by sports writer Sam Moussavi. This series is football themed. Moussavi wrote the Hoops basketball series, and many non-fiction sports biographies.

In Dallas we meet Bobby Dupree, a backup quarterback who has been trying to make an impression on his coach, and also on girls . . . → Read More: Dallas

The Baby

The story starts with a 17th birthday party for Olivia at her home, and moves quickly to the totally unexpected delivery of a baby on the bathroom floor by her best friend, Nicola, who didn’t even know she was pregnant. Nicola is not at all ready to be a mom. As the story progresses, Nicola . . . → Read More: The Baby

Confessions of a High School Disaster

Confessions of a High School Disaster is the humorous story of Chloe Snow, a high school freshman told from pages of her diary.

It is reminiscent of Bridget Jones’s Diary, although Chloe is only 14. Chloe makes many bad choices, including drinking alcohol at parties, and being tempted to engage in sexual activities with older . . . → Read More: Confessions of a High School Disaster

Alex, Approximately

Author Jenn Bennett immediately builds curiosity and tension in the summer adventure that Bailey “Mink” Rydell is embarking on as she descends a central California airport escalator. Choosing to come live with her father on the California coast, readers soon put together that this is the same town her online crush “Alex” lives in. Alex . . . → Read More: Alex, Approximately

Finding What’s Real

Finding What’s Real is the sequel to Escaping Perfect and does not stand alone, as it picks up right after the first book ends, and the plot continues where it left off. The main character, teenager Cecilia Montgomery, who was on the run for two weeks to escape her overbearing politician mother, has returned to . . . → Read More: Finding What’s Real

Understanding Suicide: A National Epidemic

Understanding Suicide: A National Epidemic is a source book for those seeking to understand more about the global epidemic of suicide. Written by Connie Goldsmith, a registered nurse who also holds an Masters of Public Administration who has written sixteen non-fiction books for middle and high school readers, this text looks at true stories of . . . → Read More: Understanding Suicide: A National Epidemic

My Brilliant Idea (And How It Caused My Downfall)

My Brilliant Idea is about a fifteen-year-old schemer, Jack Dawson, who daydreams in class and ironically gets the brilliant idea to invent an app that stops you from daydreaming in class. This leads to him developing a series of complicated events with other characters that eventually build up to his initial plan. But Jack runs . . . → Read More: My Brilliant Idea (And How It Caused My Downfall)

The Beast is an Animal

The Beast is an Animal is a fantasy novel with a theme that felt fantastically dark like most fairy-tales. Here is a quote from the book: “Alys, in fact, had never been afraid. Her favorite nursery rhymes were the scary ones. The ones about The Beast sucking out your soul and leaving behind nothing but . . . → Read More: The Beast is an Animal