Think You Know Who Your Friends Are?

Rosebush By Michele Jaffe   Rosebush By Michele Jaffe When Jane Freeman moves to a new school, she undergoes a personal redo. Now, she’s pretty and popular — and determined to keep it that way. Until a hit-and-run driver tries to kill her, leaving her near death, paralyzed, in a rosebush, its million thorns piercing her body. Tons of people send … Continue reading

Author Interviews

Author Yasmin Shiraz Takes On Retaliation

Retaliation Author Yasmin Shiraz writes about the tough realities today’s girls face, especially when it comes to peer pressure and fights. In her novel, Retaliation, 17-year-old Tashera is brutally attacked by a group of high school girls. Can Tashera, her mother, and her brother (who considers rejoining a gang to send a message) rise above their anger? Or, will they fuel … Continue reading


Great Books For Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. today, we look to the newly released 2011 Coretta Scott King Book Awards, which honor fantastic African-American authors. One of our favorite writers, Walter Dean Myers, made this year’s honor list with: Lockdown   It seems like the only progress you make at Progress juvenile facility is moving from juvy jail to real … Continue reading


"Almost Perfect" Tops 2011 Stonewall Book Awards

The Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Awards are given to books relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experiences. This year’s list includes lots of amazing books (click on any title to check it out of your favorite Charleston County Public Library).The top winner is: Almost Perfect By Brian KatcherSage Hendricks is the new girl … Continue reading