The Crossover is a book about twin 12-year-old boys who love basketball. My boys are 11-year-old twins who love basketball. They’re also always complaining that they can’t find any good fiction about basketball, so when I saw a teaser on HMH’s Twitter feed, I knew my kiddos’ brains would basically explode. My only concern? It’s written in verse, and ...
Wake Up Missing is a well-written, quick-paced little morsel of a sci-fi novel. Written for tweens (wait. I hate that word. Pre-teens? Let’s roll with that.) Ahem. Written for pre-teens, its characters are smart, active, and dynamic enough to hold a slightly younger audience’s interest. I read this book with my ten-year-old boys in mind, but I have to say ...
Initially, I really disliked Flipped. I had a hard time getting used to Bryce’s voice (irritated. Short-tempered. Immature.) and put it in time out on the nightstand for a couple of evenings. I found, though, that I had to find out what happened to Juli, and so I went back. Van Draanen has a clear ability to give characters their ...