Ghastly good read

Gaiman, N. (2008). The graveyard book. New York: HarperCollins. Genre: Thriller, fantasy Intended audience: Mid-teens and up. Personal reaction to the book: Neal Gaiman is a genius (I keep writing that in reviewing his work). I was wondering what made this a YA book, but when I thought about it, it's a simple story of… Continue reading Ghastly good read

Game, set and match

Card, O.S. (1985). Ender's game. New York: Tor. Genre: Science fiction Intended audience: Mid-teens and older Personal reaction to the book: Overall, I was pretty blown away by this one. Yes, there are elements of a coming-of-age novel, but there's a much more fascinating study of war and the military mind, society and social hierarchy.… Continue reading Game, set and match

Hit me, hit me, hit me

Burgess, M. (2013). The hit. Frome, England: Somerset. Genre: Dystopian near-future Intended audience: Older teens Personal reaction to the book: A challenging and sometimes disturbing book. The sole thing that makes this a YA title is the age of the protagonist. The point in his life cycle is typical YA; otherwise, the fare is grim:… Continue reading Hit me, hit me, hit me

No graphic violence

Backderf, D. (2012). My friend Dahmer. New York: Abrams ComicArts. Genre: Graphic nonfiction Intended audience: Personal reaction to the book: A detailed examination of the banality of evil (like The complete maus in that regard), and a singular read. A lot of negative reviews on Goodreads.com focus on whether Backderf and his friends in high… Continue reading No graphic violence