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YA Book Review: The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland

The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland is serious and funny and romantic look at what it's like to be a teenager with problems.

The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland

Oh, the last line of this book.

You have to read this book just for the last line.

Zander is sent to a camp for kids with ‘heightened emotional and mental states,’ or, in the words of the campers, a camp for crazies.  But this isn’t just a book a book about a bunch of crazy teenagers.  It’s a true literary treasure.

We start the story not knowing why Zander is at the camp, but neither do any of the other campers.  When Zander begins to connect with some very eccentric characters–Grover Cleveland, Alex Trebek, and (most importantly) Cassie–we learn more about her along with them.  And we learn more about them along with her.  These characters are so complex and real and raw.  All the problems a teenager might have to deal with are dealt with here: death, suicide, body image, loneliness, attention-seeking–all the things.

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YA Book Review: Seedfolks

YA Book Review: Seedfolks

Sometimes other bloggers or friends get the chance to tell me about a book I’ve never read.  I know.  It happens more often than you’d think.  This week, my good friend Katie from Storybook Ancestor (and author of the Wayfaring Sisters series) is getting to do that for all of us.  Because she offered to review Seedfolks for you guys, and I’ve never read it.  Imagine how exited I now am to get my hands on this book.    You will be, too.

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YA Book Review: Configured

YA Book Review: Configured by Jenetta Penner

Miss me?  I missed you, my friends.  But a week off can work wonders sometimes, and I left you plenty of archives to read, along with a brand new Story Time based on Snowmen at Christmas, and since it quickly became one of my Favorite Story Times Ever, I hope you didn’t jones too much for some lit from the Lit Mama.

Let’s get right back into it with a review of a highly entertaining book perfect for teen girls and just in time to make a great Christmas gift.  Because Dystopia.
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YA Book Review: Going Over Home and Giveaway

YA Book Review: Going Over Home

Going Over Home

Listen.  Katie Andrews Potter is an historian.  She knows her stuff.  She’s also a homeschooler, and we love supporting working homeschoolers, don’t we?  When I came across her series, The Wayfaring Sisters, I knew I had to get my hands on it to review it for you.  Because just the two things already mentioned are awesome.

For me, a huge draw was that Potter’s books are set in Indiana.  And I absolutely love being able to recognize the sites in a book.  This one was awesome in that it mentions places over much of the state, and I’ve been to most of them.  I at least know where they are.  But even if you’re not from Indiana, the historical places in this book are worth knowing about.

On top of all that, this is a genuinely entertaining story written in a voice gentle enough to share with your youngest littles and grown-up enough that your teens will love it, too.

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