Category: Realistic Fiction

The Wolves Are Waiting : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

The Wolves Are Waiting : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of The Wolves Are Waiting by Natasha Friend.

I loved The Wolves Are Waiting and plan to seek out more books by Natasha Friend. AUTHOR: Natasha Friend SERIES: no PUBLISHER: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers PUBLICATION DATE: […]

The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen by Isaac Blum.

The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen is a Lonestar Reading List book for the 2023-2024 school year. While I am no longer a librarian in Texas, I know the […]

Perfectly Parvin : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Perfectly Parvin : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Perfectly Parvin by Olivia Abtahi.

Perfectly Parvin by Olivia Abtahi is just what I needed to read after my latest run of “serious” dystopian books. I loved the adorably flawed protagonist, the character diversity, and […]

Attack of the Black Rectangles : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Attack of the Black Rectangles : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a librarian's perspective review of Attack of the Black Rectangles by AS King.

On one hand, Attack of the Black Rectangles is timely and important. On the other hand, it’s preachy and addresses way too many woke issues at once. I enjoyed the […]

Girls Like Us by Randi Pink: A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Girls Like Us by Randi Pink: A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a librarian's perspective review of Girls Like Us by Randi Pink.

Girls Like Us is the first book I’ve read by Randi Pink, and I definitely enjoyed it. I was born after the story’s events, but I remember this issue coming […]

Stolen by Lucy Christopher: A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Stolen by Lucy Christopher: A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a librarian's perspective review of Stolen by Lucy Christopher. Image contains front cover and a quotation from the book.

Stolen by Lucy Christopher was popular in my Grade 6-12 library a few years ago. I had three copies, and they were never on the shelf. Concerned about the possibility […]

Parachutes : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Parachutes : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Parachutes by Kelly Yang.

I read the Parachutes by Kelly Yang audiobook in just 4 days, and I relished every minute of it! I am trying very hard to get back to my book […]

You’d Be Home Now: A Librarian’s Perspective Review

You’d Be Home Now: A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of You'd Be Home Now by Kathleen Glasgow.

You’d Be Home Now by Kathleen Glasgow is my first book review in nearly a year! Since the Pandemic began almost two years ago, I’ve been in a serious reading […]

Before the Ever After : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Before the Ever After : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson.

I so enjoyed Before the Ever After! A great story with a sympathetic protagonist. It has SIX (well-deserved) starred reviews, and it won the 2021 Coretta Scott King Award for […]

Yes No Maybe So : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Yes No Maybe So : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed.

I read Yes No Maybe So on audiobook, and I think may be the first audiobook fiction I’ve ever finished. I do great with nonfiction audio, but I tend to […]

The New David Espinoza: A Librarian’s Perspective Review

The New David Espinoza: A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of The New David Espinoza by Fred Aceves.

With its focus on high school steroid use, The New David Espinoza reminds me of Gym Candy by Carl Deuker, which I read several years ago. A book with a […]

The Benefits of Being an Octopus: A Librarian’s Perspective Review

The Benefits of Being an Octopus: A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of The Benefits of Being an Octopus by Ann Braden.

I needed The Benefits of Being an Octopus when I was 12. Zoey is responsible for her three younger siblings. All day, every day. She does not get a break, […]

Exit Pursued By a Bear: A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Exit Pursued By a Bear: A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Exit Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston.

Exit Pursued by a Bear is a weird title, to be sure, but it’s a nod to Shakespeare! I really loved how strong the 17-year old protagonist is after she […]

Pumpkinheads : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Pumpkinheads : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks.

Awww, Pumpkinheads was all the cuteness I needed two weeks before Halloween! Put on your PJs and curl up with your favorite pumpkin spice latte because this may be the […]

New Kid: A Librarian’s Perspective Review

New Kid: A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of New Kid by Jerry Craft.

A scene in New Kid reminds me of a scene in American Born Chinese, where a white teacher introduces new student Jin Wang as “coming all the way from China.”  […]

If I’m Being Honest: A Librarian’s Perspective Review

If I’m Being Honest: A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of If I'm Being Honest by Emily Wibberly.

If I’m Being Honest is a fun twist on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. If you or your students love rom-coms like Ten Things I Hate About You and […]

Girls on the Verge: A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Girls on the Verge: A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Girls on the Verge by

First, an important disclaimer: I know that some of my readers will disagree with my stance on abortion, but there is no way to review this book without making my […]

Patron Saints of Nothing: A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Patron Saints of Nothing: A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay.

Two Christmases ago, my family and I hopped a plane to The Philippines for the holidays. Manila is only a three-hour flight from Shanghai, and Boracay only one hour from […]

My New Crush Gave to Me : A Librarian’s Review

My New Crush Gave to Me : A Librarian’s Review This is a librarian's review of the YA Christmas book, My New Crush Gave to Me by Shani Petroff.

For this year’s YA Christmas book, I’m going with My New Crush Gave to Me, a cute rom-com for teens by Shani Petroff. AUTHOR: Shani Petroff SERIES: none PUBLISHER: Swoon […]

Losing the Field : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Losing the Field : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Losing the Field by Abbi Glines.

Ugh, the Field Party series gets worse with every book, and Losing the Field is no exception.. I’ve mentioned in many reviews that I am a former fat girl, so […]

Twelve Steps to Normal : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Twelve Steps to Normal : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Twelve Steps to Normal by Farrah Penn.

Goodreads reviews have a lot of love for Twelve Steps to Normal by Farrah Penn, but it was just average for me. I appreciate the author’s purpose for writing it […]

Sold : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Sold : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Sold by Patricia McCormick.

Sold has been on my TBR for years now, and I finally read it to check content for a ninth grade English class. The teacher is interested in offering this […]

When My Heart Joins the Thousand : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

When My Heart Joins the Thousand : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of When My Heart Joins the Thousand by AJ Steiger.

When My Heart Joins the Thousand is a weird and beautiful book about an autistic girl who falls for a disabled boy. It’s slow-paced but worth it in the end. […]

Finding Perfect : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Finding Perfect : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Finding Perfect by Elly Swartz.

Finding Perfect is a very necessary addition to every school library. I know that after reading, I will never joke about someone who is meticulous being OCD again. It isn’t […]

Asking for It : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Asking for It : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Asking For It by Louise O'Neill.

Asking for It by Louise O’Neill has been on my TBR for awhile now. I’ve heard lots of talk about it, and that front cover just says it all, doesn’t […]

Bad Romance : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Bad Romance : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios.

Years ago, I read a book called Go Ask Alice. You’ve probably already heard of (and maybe read) Go Ask Alice, which was originally published as an anonymous diary of […]

Love That Dog : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Love That Dog : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Love That Dog by Sharon Creech.

Do you teach upper-elementary or middle school English? This book is a MUST for poetry units! You could plan a whole unit around the poetry references in Love That Dog! […]

Love Letters to the Dead : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Love Letters to the Dead : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira.

I’ve had my eye on Love Letters to the Dead for a long time, so when a one of my 100-book challenge students recommended it to me a couple of […]

Saving Red : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Saving Red : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Saving Red by Sonya Sones.

I’m once again on the prowl for holiday books for teens! Saving Red came out last year, but I’ve only just gotten around to reading it. What I loved most […]

Mr. 60% : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Mr. 60% : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Mr. 60% by

What teens can learn from reading Mr. 60%: Cancer is horrible, messy, and painful. If you are poor and get sick, no one in the medical community wants to help […]

The Border : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

The Border : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of The Border by Steve Schafer.

Steve Schafer’s The Border made me thirsty; I had to keep an icy glass of water next to me while reading. The Border chronicles four teens ages 15-17 running for […]

Ghost : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Ghost : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Ghost by Jason Reynolds.

Holy-freakin-fantastic! Ghost is easily among 2016’s best, and I can’t think of a more perfect book for seventh graders who “can’t find any books they want to read.” I’m ordering […]

Piecing Me Together : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Piecing Me Together : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson.

Considering the tremendous success of The Hate U Give earlier this year (and still going strong), I think Piecing Me Together got a bit…overlooked. Released in February, just two weeks […]

Red Butterfly : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Red Butterfly : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Red Butterfly by AL Sonnichsen.

Are you looking to add more multicultural books to your elementary or middle school library? Red Butterfly by AL Sonnichsen has it all! It’s set in both China and the […]

The Hate U Give : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

The Hate U Give : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

How important is The Hate U Give right now? When a substantial portion of our population repeatedly and emphatically says there is something broken within our system, I think our […]

The Pants Project : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

The Pants Project : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of The Pants Project by Cat Clarke.

I didn’t love The Pants Project, nor did I hate it. Liv was born a girl but is a boy inside. Unfortunately, Liv’s new school requires girls to wear a […]

Tell Me Three Things : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Tell Me Three Things : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum.

Do you have a student who has recently lost a parent? Tell Me Three Things is a must-read for any student struggling with grief. The writing is authentic, and students […]

One : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

One : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of One by Sarah Crossan.

Though I found One by Sarah Crossan a tad predictable, I thoroughly enjoyed this unique story of 16-year old conjoined twin sisters. When I booktalked this with my students, they […]

Lily and Dunkin : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Lily and Dunkin : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart.

I LOVED Lily and Dunkin! I always say that the world would be a better place if everyone read Palacio’s Wonder. Now, I can say that about a second book: […]

Defending Taylor : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Defending Taylor : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally.

Having read all the previous six books in Miranda Kenneally’s Hundred Oaks series, I was excited to be able to read an advance copy of Defending Taylor. I’m feeling a […]

Roller Girl : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Roller Girl : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Roller by Victoria Jamieson.

Roller Girl is a cute graphic novel that is a must for any library serving tweens. It’s beautiful, clean, and has many positive messages. Images are colorful, and faces are […]

Cherry Crush : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

Cherry Crush : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of Cherry Crush by Cathy Cassidy.

I don’t think I would have picked up Cherry Crush on my own, so I am very happy that one of my students recommended it to me! It’s a cute, […]

The Sweetest Thing : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

The Sweetest Thing : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski.

I didn’t love or hate The Sweetest Thing. It’s predictable and follows many common tropes in rom-com style books for middle schoolers. It just feels like I’ve read books just […]

The Sweetheart of Prosper County : A Librarian’s Perspective Review

The Sweetheart of Prosper County : A Librarian’s Perspective Review This is a Librarian's Perspective Review of The Sweetheart of Prosper County by Jill Alexander.

Jill Alexander’s The Sweetheart of Prosper County is perfect for middle school libraries in Texas! I recommend librarians purchase the paperback rather than the hardcover of this one because the […]

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