Tag Archives: Young-adult fiction

The Wee Free Men: A Story of Discworld, Terry Pratchett (HarperCollins, 2003) {HarpurAudio, Narrator: Stephen Briggs)

CRIVENS! The Wee Free Men: A Story of Discworld, is a stand alone novel that serves as the extremely amusing first volume of the Tiffany Aching Series by Terry Pratchett. Set in his Discworld, it is a Mid-grade to Young Adult novel that is funny, engaging and wonderfully enjoyable for adults as well as midgrade readers. Maybe more soo. Continue reading

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Airborn: Matt Cruise Series – Book 1, Kenneth Oppel, Thorndike Press (2006)

Set in a steampunk world of airships and adventure, Airborn is an exciting romp through an Early-to-Mid 20th Century world that never was. A simple, fun adventure of exploration and pirates set aboard a dirigible skyliner, this was a great read, particularly for the YA audience. This is the second review I’ve given of this text: the first was of the audiobook, which sucked. Continue reading

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Crashed: Skinned Book 2, Robin Wasserman (Simon Pulse) {Audio version: Brilliance Audio, Narrator: Kate Reinders}

The “Skinned” continues the story of Lia Kahn, a girl whose mind was downloaded into a realistic android body after a fatal accident. While Crashed is a solid, enjoyable story, it suffers from “middle of the trilogy” syndrome. While it could read as a stand alone, I doubt I would have enjoyed it half as much had I not already cared about the characters. Similarly, while there is a degree of closure at the end (unlike say… The Two Towers or Empire Strikes Back), there is a sense of unfinished business that leaves one hanging. Having said that, like its predecessor in this series, Crashed goes to show that YA books are not just for teens. Continue reading

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Skinned, Robin Wasserman (Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster/Brilliance Audio)

A beautifully told story in which the author catches the thoughts and feelings of an elite teenaged girl who has undergone tragedy. She manages to get the protaganist just right, perfectly balancing a spoiled rich girl attitude with a sympathetic young woman whose had her life torn away from her. Far more than “just a sci-fi story” or a “teenaged angst” tale, this book touches upon issues of social differentiation, bigotry, bullying and rather sophisticated concepts of identity (something I *can* actually speak with authority about). Continue reading

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