Hello Universe*

Hello Universe by Erin Estrada Kelly The individual paths of Virgil Salinas, Valencia Somerset, and Kaori Tanaka are united by fate or as Kaori would say, by the universe itself. Virgil ends up in an old well - thanks to a bully named Chet Bullens. But things end up better than he could've ever imagined. I …

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Little Fires Everywhere

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng My neice is an avid reader and suggested I read Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. So I did. I don't usually review books I would have reservations recommending. But this story deals with so many issues which are relevant to our young adult readers, I recommend it with …

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The Mona Lisa Mirror Mystery

The Mona Lisa Mirror Mystery by Latayne C. Scott The Mona Lisa Mirror Mystery by Latayne C. Scott is a novella which takes the reader back and forth between the present-day world and Renaissance Italy. A strange sensation overcomes sixteen-year-old, Addy Serna, while she’s looking into the eyes of the Mona Lisa print hanging on her …

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Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska is well written and deals with death and dying in a fresh way. Nevertheless, the moral tone and worldview are not Christian - sex, profanity, disrespect for authority are prevalent. But this is the world our children are exposed to, and books are effective tools for discussing these topics with our teenage …

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The Sword

The Sword by Bryan Litfin. The Sword, The Gift and The Kingdom, make up Bryan Litfin's Chiveis Trilogy.  Litfin's series takes place in the future. Survivors of nuclear war and a deadly virus, live primitively with a myriad of religious deities. Automobiles and modern methods of war have been replaced by horses and swords. Christianity and …

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