Reviews by Category: Fiction

Staff Review

The House You Pass on the Way

By Jacqueline Woodson
Rated by Becky C.
Dec 18, 2015

The House You Pass on the Way is a short novel--less than 100 pages--but it contains unusual depth and beauty. It's a pre-sexual love story about two fourteen-year-old cousins who don't yet know where they fit in. One girl, Staggerlee, is biracial--black and white. One girl, Trout, is adopted. Both girls are struggling with their budding sexuality. Are they gay? Are they straight? Does it matter?

Staff Review

Reality Boy

By A.S. King
Rated by Chris K.
Nov 2, 2015

The older I get, the more I think maybe I belong in jail.

Gerald has anger control issues. He's had them for as long as he can remember. Anger has always been his defining emotion. His retreat, his solace, his catalyst for action. His self-image.

Teen Review

Denton Little's Deathdate

By Lance Rubin
Rated by Kate M.
Aug 28, 2015

Denton dies tomorrow. This has been a known fact since he was five. What he doesn't know is how he'll die. This book is about all the fun, and sometimes stupid, adventures Denton goes on to live life to the best of his ability.

Staff Review

I Crawl Through It

By A. S. King
Rated by Amy F.
Aug 24, 2015

I was lucky enough to hear A.S. King speak when she visited our Library in August 2015. Eventually, after much fascinating talk, one of the moderators got around to asking her about her newest book, I Crawl Through It. "What's it about?" We all laughed, as we had earlier established how difficult it can be to neatly summarize a King novel.

Staff Review

The Rules for Disappearing

By Ashley Elston
Rated by Lisa J.
Aug 2, 2015

Not knowing how her family has landed in witness protection is driving seventeen year old "Meg" crazy. But she knows the two rules of being in witness protection... be invisible and don't make friends.  Easier said than done, and after six placements in the last year she is bound and determined to make this placement stick as the constant moving and stress of learning new identities and back stories is tearing her family apart.

Staff Review Jul 27, 2015

The two narrators alternate chapters telling the story of the splinters of their individual families melding into a new one. Eighth-grader Stewart and Ninth-grader Ashley are on their way to becoming step-siblings, with Stewart and his widower dad moving in with Ashley and her divorced mom--though Ashley's recently out-of-the-closet dad is still living in their backyard laneway house. They are a complete contrast of personalities and styles. As Stewart describes:

Staff Review


By Kat Falls
Rated by Angel D.
Jul 22, 2015

The America that we know is gone - destroyed by war and a biological disaster.  The country is split in two. The dangerous East is full of human survivors riddled by mutation. Lane has always lived in the West, behind a giant wall meant to keep her safe from the feral, mutated creatures of the East. She soon learns that her father is a fetch -- hired to travel into the Feral Zone and retrieve valuable art. When he doesn't return she is forced to go into the feral zone to save him and also finish his mission -- retrieve something of value for a high-ranking official.

Staff Review

Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey

By Margaret Peterson Haddix
Rated by Angel D.
Jul 16, 2015

Tish is writing journal entries as an assignment for her English teacher, Mrs. Dunphrey. She has promised not to read any entries marked "Don't read this" and that is exactly what Tish writes before almost every entry. As Tish struggles with her abusive father and neglectful mother, she writes about those struggles in the journal. Dunphrey comments positively about how much she is writing, asks her to write some entries she can actually read, and also scolds her for not turning her journal in on time and for not completing other homework assignments.