Tag Archives: YA

36 Titles with Strong Female Characters

20 Jan

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Since today is the Women’s March in cities across the country, I thought it would be fun to highlight just a few strong female characters in books from picture books to YA titles. Hopefully you’ll find something new you’ll want to read! Enjoy!

  1. My Name is Not Isabella by Jennifer Fosberry, illustrated by Mike Litwin
  2. Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
  3. Imogene’s Last Stand by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Nancy Carpenter
  4. Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts
  5. Violet the Pilot by Steve Breen
  6. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  7. The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
  8. The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
  9. Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon
  10. Clementine by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Marla Frazee
  11. Lulu and the Brontosaurus by Judith Viorst, illustrated by Lane Smith
  12. Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little by Peggy Gifford, illustrated by Valorie Fisher
  13. Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
  14. Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
  15. Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani
  16. Matilda by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake
  17. Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary, illustrated by Louis Darling
  18. Riding Freedom by Pam Muñoz Ryan, illustrated Brian Selznick
  19. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
  20. One Crazy Summer  by Rita Williams-Garcia
  21. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
  22. The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Shane W. Evans
  23. Serafina’s Promise by Ann E. Burg
  24. The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond by Brenda Woods
  25. Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
  26. The Detective’s Assistant by Kate Hannigan
  27. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  28. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
  29. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  30. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
  31. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  32. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  33. Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
  34. Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina
  35. Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
  36. American Street by Ibi Zoboi

Top Ten Tuesday: New to Me Authors in 2017

2 Jan

I started reviewing what I had read in 2017 and realized that I was already familiar with many of the authors I read, but there were a number of really amazing debut novels this year, so I focused my Top Ten list on those authors – new to me (and the world).

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  1. Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give)
  2. Dusti Bowling (The Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus)
  3. Ellie Terry (Forget Me Not)
  4. Ibi Zoboi (American Street)
  5. Jake Burt (Greetings from Witness Protection!)
  6. Karina Yan Glaser (The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street)
  7. Nic Stone (Dear Martin)
  8. Karuna Riazi (The Gauntlet)
  9. Sally J. Pla (The Someday Birds)
  10. Sandhya Menon (When Dimple Met Rishi)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish

“What does it mean to be a family?”

11 Dec

IMG_20171210_101241.jpgSynopsis: Grace has had a rough few months – she misses the Homecoming Dance because she gives birth to her daughter the same night and puts her up for adoption, finds out that although she grew up an only child is actually the middle child with an older brother in foster care and a younger sister adopted by another family and she feels like she doesn’t know who she is anymore.

Maya, Grace’s younger sister, was adopted at birth and has grown up in a family of redheads as the only brunette – her family life looks perfect, except for the fighting and arguing and drinking that goes on behind closed doors. Maya’s girlfriend is a pillar of strength in the midst of the turmoil, but even she begins to get frustrated as Maya keeps her at arm’s length.

Joaquin has bounced around foster homes most of his life and after one failed adoption due to an event he refuses to talk about, Joaquin can’t allow anyone else to get hurt by his anger boiling under the surface.

What happens next is an exploration of what it means to be a family. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday: YA Thrills & Chills

31 Oct

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is a Halloween Freebie, so I went in a direction that I usually steer far away from – YA Thrillers and Horror Books. I am not a huge fan of being scared, so most of these titles I haven’t read, but I do like thrillers – the edge of your seat, can’t flip the pages fast enough titles that usually come down to who-done-it.

If you’ve finished binge-watching Stranger Things 2 and need something else, check out these titles!

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  1. The Female of the Species by Mind McGinnis
  2. House of Furies by Madeleine Roux
  3. I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
  4. One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
  5. There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
  6. The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco
  7. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
  8. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
  9. Amity by Micol Ostow
  10. The Diviners by Libba Bray


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Tuesday: Unique Book Titles

24 Oct

I went with play-on-word titles or titles that have words that don’t belong together (or maybe don’t make sense together) and other titles that are just unexpected. I haven’t read most of these books, so they’ll get put on my TBR list too! Continue reading

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