June 23, 2019

Monday’s Not Coming tells the story of Claudia, who comes home from a summer away at Gramma’s house to find that her best friend is nowhere to be found.  Claudia thought it was strange that Monday didn’t write over the summer (as was their tradition) but she figured there must be a good explanation. She’s disappointed to not see Monday as soon as she gets home but Mom convinces her to be patient since she’ll see her tomorrow on the first day of school.  Monday doesn’t show. Claudia questions everyone - teachers, school officials, her parents, classmates; no one knows where Monday is and, even...

March 20, 2018

Why is YA making it a contest to see who the absolute worst parent ever is and why do I keep picking up those books?? Fine, Mr. McCauley, you win for the most despicable dad thus far read. Short of sexual abuse, which quite frankly, wouldn’t have surprised me, he’s got emotional and physical abuse down pat. So why does his 'cocktail at ten in the morning' wife stay with him- he’s loaded, and she likes it that way. Hadley doesn’t like it, but it’s what she’s used to and to make her life and the life of her ten-year-old sister happy, she goes with it. She acquiesces to his 4:30 am runs so she do...

January 4, 2018

Wanna feel like you’ve just been punched in the stomach?  Ever wonder what would have happened to Bob and Mayella Ewell from To Kill a Mockingbird if Bob would have lived?  If the answer to either of these questions is yes, Being Fishkill is a must-read.  

Carmel Fishkill was born in the backseat of a moving car not far from the Carmel/Fishkill exit in New York.  That’s got to be the saddest naming story I’ve ever heard and the worst name I have ever heard and it’s so fitting for the early life of this poor, neglected girl.  At the age of thirteen, Carmel’s (who renames herself Fishki...

September 27, 2017

So far, Adam Blake is winning the contest of My Favorite Male YA character of 2017.  He is adorable, friendly to all, smiley, funny, popular with all, loves his momma,  bumbling, clumsy, sweet, and has the cutest case of ADHD I have ever read.  Dude cannot sit still, constantly fidgets, gets bored quickly, is impulsive, and knows and owns all of this about himself.  He has found a way to turn all of these qualities (which are most often viewed negatively) into downright charming features.  Adam is a fluffy, playful Golden Retriever that you want to cuddle and play with.

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