This last, strange poem of Mr. Sendak’s will likely puzzle young readers, but fans of the author must seek out My Brother’s Book, as it could have been created by only one man in the company of his own literary heroes.
...leaves virtually no educational icon unscathed. Despite an impressive and idealistic corps of volunteers, Ravitch cites studies indicating that Teach for America may not improve the quality of education in poor and rural school districts.
Realistic portrayal of contemporary teens and their moral challenges breathes fresh life into well-worn themes of rebellion and first love.
This is his best work yet.
Many teenagers will find the story too slow to get going, which is a fair criticism. But it's the kind of book that can be life-changing, because without ever denying the essential amorality and randomness of the natural order, "The Book Thief" offers us a believable, hard-won hope.
Little Brother is being marketed as a young-adult novel, but it's an entertaining, smart all-ages read . . . The tight thriller storyline and ripped-from-the-headlines immediacy are nigh-irresistible.
Her successes are hard-won and her setbacks, such as her father's inability to forgive her, painfully true to life.
Stiefvater, who has an assured and entertaining way with language, doesn’t talk down to her readers, and she ably blends the mystical and the earthly, the primitive and the contemporary...
I honestly have nothing negative to say about this book, I enjoyed every single moment of it. The constant flashbacks into Mia’s life make you want to keep on turning the pages, to learn more about her...
It’d be nice and easy if this book and I were the rainbow-unicorn-happiness type. But what we have is real and it hurts, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
Her combination of unforgettable characters and unexpected events generates hilarity as well as warmth.
The wonderful cartoons and drawings by Ellen Forney appear to be pasted onto the pages of his diary, giving it depth and life. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is a must have book, and I can't speak highly enough of it.
This book, in my eyes, was utter perfection. Told from the perspective of Ari, a quiet boy who has shrunk inside himself as he's grown up around a brother in prison who he knows nothing about, a mother in denial and a father haunted by the war. That's until Dante comes along.
If the latter sections don’t quite keep up with the thrilling revelations of the first, Lowry still ties together these stories in a wholly satisfying way.
Appropriately, his prose is lighter than air, elegantly traversing aviators and eras. It means that as his balloonists embark on journeys full of danger and wonder, the reader is suspended in the basket alongside them.
Wein balances the horrors of war against genuine heroics, delivering a well-researched and expertly crafted adventure.
Stiefvater has successfully plumbed lesser-known myths and written a complex literary thriller that pumps new blood into a genre suffering from post-“Twilight” burnout.
This third book takes the world of the Moroi, Strigoi, and dhampirs and throws it into the upper echelons of awesomeness...This is definitely the book that made me a Vampire Academy fangirl! I love how the author isn't afraid to put her characters in difficult situations and I can't wait to see what happens next!
Man, this series rocks. Richelle Mead is an amazing writer and she really knows how to keep a story going without dragging it out to an annoying point...I know this is a short review, but there’s not much more that I can say other than this series rocks. If you haven’t read it, please do start. It’s fantastic, really.
This gripping look at a poorly defined war’s unintended consequences uniquely challenges readers to reexamine common beliefs and ask searching questions about means and ends.