Category Archives: banned books

Happy (?) Banned Books Week!

  Do you know which books are the most frequently challenged in this century and why? How about a timeline of banned books? This year the ALA and Banned Books Week movement celebrates banned comics! What’s your favorite? Tweet

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Book Review: Elphame’s Choice by P.C. Cast

Elphame,  the Chosen of the Goddess Epona, is half-centaur and half-human. She leaves the luxury of home, and her mother, the Goddess Incarnate, to travel to a crumbling castle. Elphame is determined to revive the site, once the scene of slaughter, and find … Continue reading

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Book Review: Impulse by Ellen Hopkins

Floored, that’s how readers will feel even when they are only part of the way into this breathtaking tale of three teens admitted to a mental care center after each has attempted suicide. While the book is large, 666 pages, … Continue reading

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Hunted by P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast

As a stand alone book, Hunted is quite lacking. The fifth book of the House of Night series Hunted is the kind of book that wraps up some story lines, introduces others and does little else. A place holder book … Continue reading

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Untamed by P.C. Cast & Kristen Cast

If Chosen is one of my favorite books in the House of Night series Untamed is my other favorite. In the last book original mean girl Aphrodite not only became the only safe person for super chosen one Zoey to … Continue reading

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Fallout by Ellen Hopkins

In Fallout, the third book in the series that started with Crank, centered on meth addict Kristina Snow, Hopkins moves on to show the effect Kristina’s selfish ways still have on her children, and covers a wide spectrum of emotional … Continue reading

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Glass by Ellen Hopkins

Glass is the direct follow up to Crank. Glass continues the story of Kristina Snow after she’s had her baby, and kicked meth and nicotine, shortly before her eighteenth birthday. It follows her relapse in her struggle with the meth … Continue reading

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Guide to YA Novels with GLBTQ Characters

I want to give a shout out to this blog from YALSA’s The Hub. Make sure to read the comments too for more titles. Mostly, though, I want to add in the Weetzie Bat books by Francesca Lia Block as … Continue reading

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Crank by Ellen Hopkins

Crank is Ellen Hopkins’ controversial, and sorely needed, verse novel. Kristina Snow’s life changes forever when her father and the boy she’s crushing introduce her to meth. Unlike Impulse, which is raw and shredding in its emotion, Crank is almost … Continue reading

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Review: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Many times in Wintergirls, the main character mentions feeling like a puppet whose strings are being pulled, which in turn is a fitting description for the feel of this book. Wintergirls is the story of Lia, who suffers from anorexia, … Continue reading

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