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Young Adult Book Reviews

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Markus Zusak Highlights the Importance of Rhetoric in ‘The Book Thief’
Reviewed By Maria Chance Jun 19th, 2020 10:52 pm

It didn’t take very much for Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief to take permanent residence at the top of my favorite books. Though the Harry Potter series has been the crowning monarch on that list, after many years, it has opened the door to its palace and allowed The Book Thief in. I say it didn’t take much, but I’m sure Markus Zusak would beg to differ. As much as I’d like to think that he breezed through it in one sitting, I’m sure that he agonized over every word as every single writer who unde...

A Professional Drama Queen Goes in Search for Her Mother in Emma Lord's 'When You Get the Chance'
Reviewed By Maria Chance Dec 30th, 2021 12:37 am

In Emma Lord’s When You Get the Chance, Millie Price just got into a prestigious pre-college that will help her achieve her dreams of becoming a Broadway star. However, her father is refusing to let her go. So what does a kid do when one parent says no? They go ask the other. The problem is that Millie doesn’t have any idea who her mother is. She was raised by her father and her aunt with little to no information about the woman who carried her and brought her to life. So the most natural course...

Brigid Kemmerer Tactfully Expands on a Beloved Classic With ‘A Curse So Dark and Lonely’
Reviewed By Maria Chance May 14th, 2022 1:56 am

Retellings of classic stories can sometimes go painfully wrong. Sometimes, the readers who hold some of these classic stories to heart would prefer writers to leave them intact, or in what we consider to be their already perfect form. Fortunately, once in a while, a writer like Brigid Kemmerer comes along with a story that restores our hope in classic retellings, which is the case for Kemmerer’s newest novel, A Curse So Dark and Lonely. In this particular retelling, Kemmerer introduces us to Pri...