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Book review: *Bamboo People* by Mitali Perkins

Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing; New edition (July 1, 2010)
ISBN-13: 978-1580893282

Back-of-the-book blurb: Chiko isn’t a fighter by nature. He’s a book-loving Burmese boy whose father, a doctor, is in prison for resisting the government. Tu Reh, on the other hand, wants to fight for freedom after watching Burmese [...]

Book Review: *Speak* by Laurie Halse Anderson (guest post)

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Penguin USA (March 19, 2009)
ISBN-13: 978-0142414736

I’m pleased to welcome my friend Denise as a guest blogger today!  Denise left the corporate world to return to school for an advanced degree, and is now working in the alternative program at a local high school.  She is the mother [...]

Book Review: *Love is the Higher Law* by David Levithan

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (August 25, 2009)
ISBN-13: 978-0375834684

Back-of-the-book blurb: First there is a Before, and then there is an After. . . .

The lives of three teens—Claire, Jasper, and Peter—are altered forever on September 11, 2001. Claire, a high school student, has to get to her younger brother [...]

YA Book Review (guest post): *Airhead* by Meg Cabot

This Young Adult pick is reviewed by our eldest daughter, LW13.  Airhead was one of the newly-released paperbacks I brought home from BEA in May.  When LW13 picked it up and asked, “Can I read this!?!” I answered:  “Sure!  If you review it”.  The motivation worked!  She has selected several other books from my TBR [...]

YA Book Review (guest post): *The Fruit of My Lipstick* by Shelley Adina

Note from Dawn:  another guest review from my 12-year-old daughter.  This is fun – she discovered the pattern to the book titles, and, like mother like daughter, has a question for you at the end of the review!

The Fruit of My Lipstick by Shelley Adina
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: FaithWords (August 11, 2008)
ISBN-13: 978-0446177979

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Jeepers *Creepers* ... it's another book giveaway!

Perseus Publishing has sent me a brand-spanking new hardcover edition of the YA novel Creepers signed by the author, Joanne Dahme.  This book has received positive reviews in the mainstream press and throughout the blogsphere; here’s the synopsis:

From moving to a new house to making new friends and preparing for high school, life for the [...]