The Skeleton Tree by Iain Lawrence

Posted by Sherry on 9/30/2016 in Adventure thriller, General, Young Adult Fiction |

Alaska. Boat capsized. Two teens marooned on the coast with no means of communication. Survival fiction. If these are your buzzwords, The Skeleton Tree should be your next read. It’s not as feel-good as the classic, My Side of the Mountain, but it is a well written, as far as I can tell well researched, […]


The Lost Compass by Joel Ross

In Book one of this series (or maybe it’s just a book and a sequel), The Fog Diver, Chess, the foggy-eyed tether boy, and his crew escape from the slums of evil Lord Kodoc, and the slum kids make it to the “promised land” of Port Oro. However, in The Lost Compass, Chess continues to […]


Between Heaven and Earth by Eric Walters

Posted by Sherry on 8/8/2016 in Adventure thriller, General, Young Adult Fiction |

David, Junior, aka DJ, has been given a task in his grandfather’s will: to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and scatter his grandfather’s ashes at the summit. DJ, a typical oldest child/oldest grandchild, is hyper-responsible, committed, and a tad bit over-confident. He’s sure he can complete the climb in two or three days and return […]

Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini

Very piratical. And romantical. Not really bloody. Or violent. Well, not very. I mean, there are pirates. But Captain Peter Blood (that’s his real name) is a gentleman pirate. He only kills bad guys. And a lot of the really bad, violent stuff occurs off-stage, so to speak. Captain Blood reminds me of Captain Jack […]


Silent to the Bone by e.l. konigsburg

Posted by Sherry on 4/28/2016 in Adventure thriller, Young Adult Fiction |

When Z-baby was about nine years old, her favorite book was E.L. Konigsburg’s From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. She mostly listened to the audiobook, sometimes following along in the print book, and she listened so many times that she had portions of the book memorized. It’s a book perfectly suited for […]


Code of Honor by Alan Gratz

Posted by Sherry on 4/16/2016 in 2015, Adventure thriller, General, Young Adult Fiction |

Kamran Smith, football star, West Point applicant, and homecoming king, has spent his entire life admiring, following, and emulating his older brother, Darius. But now Darius is accused of a heinous crime: Darius’s face is all over the news, and he’s acting like a terrorist. Can an Army Ranger, West Point graduate, and all-around good […]


Venture at Midsummer by Eva-Lis Wuorio

Posted by Sherry on 12/18/2015 in 1967, Adventure thriller, Around the World, Finland |

I picked this book out of a bunch of ex-library discards because I had heard of the author somewhere. In fact, I have one of Ms. Wuorio’s books, To Fight in Silence, a fictional World War II story based on interviews with “hundreds of Norwegians who were training in Canada for the war, and dozens […]


Black Dove White Raven by Elizabeth Wein

Emilia and Teo have always lived unorthodox lives in a free-spirited and unconventional family. Emilia’s Momma is a pilot and a barnstorming performer, as is Teo’s mom, Delia. The two pilots travel the country and perform together as the Black Dove and the White Raven, since Momma Rhoda Menotti is white while Delia is black. […]


Beneath by Roland Smith

Posted by Sherry on 4/30/2015 in 2015, Adventure thriller, General, Young Adult Fiction |

So, first I thought the premise of this young adult novel was intriguing: “Exactly one year to the day after my brother, Coop, ditched me, I got a package in the mail. It came to the school, not our home. The secretary handed me the package with a warning that I was never to use […]


Soulprint by Megan Miranda

Posted by Sherry on 4/11/2015 in 2015, Adventure thriller, General, Romance, Young Adult Fiction |

The premise of this YA novel is that souls enter new bodies when people die, i.e. human reincarnation. And someone has a computer database record of whose soul has gone where and what that soul did in a past life. This database is controversial, secret, and important because of the other premise in the novel: […]

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