Reviews written by Beth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer

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Young Adult Fiction
Beth Rodgers, Staff ReviewerBeth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer   September 09, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Figuring Out What Nothing Really Means

'Nothing' by Annie Barrows has an intriguing premise. The two girls in the story - Charlotte and Frankie - feel that nothing in their lives ever happens in the way that it does in young adult novels. To prove this, Charlotte begins writing their story. She calls it 'Nothing' and...

Young Adult Fiction
Beth Rodgers, Staff ReviewerBeth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer   August 16, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Christa's Journey

'The 12 Dares of Christa' by Marissa Burt is a sweet story of friendship, determination, strength, and forgiveness. Main character Christa is taken aback when, as she starts with her yearly Christmas preparations, she finds that her parents are throwing her a pretty large curveball - they're divorcing, and Christa's...

Beth Rodgers, Staff ReviewerBeth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer   August 16, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Adorably Realistic

'Frazzled: Ordinary Mishaps and Inevitable Catastrophes' by Booki Vivat is an adorable, illustrated story that not only proves a fast read, but also a truly enjoyable one. From the accurate and telling illustrations, to main character Abbie Wu's questioning and uncertain attitude about life in general, Vivat has crafted a...

Kids Fiction
Beth Rodgers, Staff ReviewerBeth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer   August 16, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Fred's Adventures

'See Fred Run' by Kevin Bolger, and illustrated by Ben Hodson, is a story about main character Fred and his desire to do anything but what the book's pages are telling him to do. There is another character in the book named Ed, but his purpose is not overly clear,...

Young Adult Fiction
Beth Rodgers, Staff ReviewerBeth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer   July 31, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

Middle School Dilemmas

'11 Before 12' by Lisa Greenwald will put you right back in that time of your life when everything mattered too much and nothing at all mattered more than your best friend. Kaylan and Arianna find this to be true as they gear up for sixth grade. They are chock...

Beth Rodgers, Staff ReviewerBeth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer   July 31, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0

Worldly Approaches

'It's Your World' by Chelsea Clinton does a nice job of anticipating questions teens (or adults) may have about a wide variety of topics, including, but certainly not limited to, poverty, inequality, illnesses, hunger, and many, many more. It also focuses on routes that will hopefully lead to solutions for...

Young Adult Indie
Beth Rodgers, Staff ReviewerBeth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer   June 27, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Writing Style 
 
5.0
Plot/Story 
 
4.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
5.0

Contemporary Time Travel

'Flicker' by Melanie Hooyenga is a very gripping novel. The concept behind it - that the main character, Biz, has the ability to go back in time eighteen hours if she so chooses - is quite intriguing. Biz's ability, which she refers to as "flickering," has never really been used...

Beth Rodgers, Staff ReviewerBeth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer   June 23, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
5.0

Staying True to Opposite Day

'Dill & Bizzy Opposite Day' by Nora Ericson, illustrated by Lisa Ericson, is an adorable story about two best friends who can't seem to come to an understanding. This is mainly caused by Bizzy's insistence that Dill take part in opposite day, a day in which they do everything opposite...

Young Adult Fiction
Beth Rodgers, Staff ReviewerBeth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer   June 23, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Staying True to Yourself

'Deacon Locke Went to Prom' by Brian Katcher was different in many ways from many young adult novels. Even though there are YA novels that have a male protagonist, many of the ones I read and review on a regular basis have a female main character. It was also interesting...

Young Adult Fiction
Beth Rodgers, Staff ReviewerBeth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer   June 23, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

(Un)Happiness at Sea

'Changes in Latitudes' by Jen Malone is a great summertime read. Taking place the summer before Cassie's senior year, life begins serving up a ton of surprises. First and foremost is that Cassie, along with her mother, Elise, and brother, Drew, are going to be taking off for several months...

Beth Rodgers, Staff ReviewerBeth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer   May 28, 2017
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
5.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
N/A

Finding One's Own Path

'Big & Little Questions (According to Wren Jo Byrd)' by Julie Bowe follows nine-year-old Wren as she navigates life after her parents' divorce. Having gone away for the summer without telling any of her friends why, she is hesitant to share that her parents have decided to get a divorce....

Young Adult Fiction
Beth Rodgers, Staff ReviewerBeth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer   May 23, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0

Overcoming the Past By Shaping a New Present

'Kiss Me in New York' by Catherine Rider (a pseudonym based on the dual effort of authors James Noble and Stephanie Elliott) is a story that will capture the magic of the holidays in but a few short hours of plot. In some ways, the thought of two strangers meeting...

Young Adult Indie
Beth Rodgers, Staff ReviewerBeth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer   May 18, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
3.0
Plot/Story 
 
3.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
3.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
3.0

Freedom and Relationships

'Blues Harp Green' by Nicole Schubert has an interesting premise. The main character, Francie, meets Chet, a cute and friendly musician, early on in the novel. They hit it off right away and Francie begins crushing on Chet. Even though it could seem one-sided, Chet seems more than happy to...

Young Adult Indie
Beth Rodgers, Staff ReviewerBeth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer   May 18, 2017
Overall rating 
 
3.3
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
3.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
3.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
3.0

Truth Will Win Out

'The Unforgettables' by G.L. Tomas follows new next-door neighbors, and seeming soulmates, Paul and Felicia. Their instant connection at a tag sale (garage sale, if not familiar with this term) is believable, unlike some of the insta-relationships that occur in other books. They both go for the same comic, showing...

Young Adult Indie
Beth Rodgers, Staff ReviewerBeth Rodgers, Staff Reviewer   April 27, 2017
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Writing Style 
 
4.0
Plot/Story 
 
5.0
Illustrations (if applicable) 
 
N/A
Characters (if applicable) 
 
4.0
Editing/Design Quality 
 
N/A

Past and Present Intersect

'Crushed' by Elisa Dane is a story about owning up to one's past and struggling to find the courage to move on in life. Main character Nev is having a hard time living her life after she moves in with her aunt and cousin. Even though she loves her cousin...

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