Susan Reads: Best of the Best Challenge (20)
Book Lists / Reviews

Susan Reads: Best of the Best Challenge (20)

This week’s group of books is a pretty diverse one, but there are nonetheless some common themes. All three novels are, more than anything else, stories about family—albeit three very different types of families. They are also wonderfully expressive character studies, with charming and fully realized protagonists. And two of the books even depict characters … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday: Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday: Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes

Sure there are thousands of fabulous new YA novels coming out every year, but there are also tons of “classics” that deserve a return to the spotlight every now and then. That’s why we celebrate Throwback Thursday, when we share our favorite YA books from the Dark Ages—aka 2000 or earlier (that means they were published fifteen years ago, … Continue reading

Susan Reviews: Best of the Best Challenge (18)
Book Lists / Reviews

Susan Reviews: Best of the Best Challenge (18)

Today’s two books are an interesting pair: both feature central characters with disabilities (Rain Reign even won the 2015 Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience) that (obviously) influence the course of their stories. Of course, one of these characters (Rose) is a fifth grader with high-functioning autism and … Continue reading