Review: Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Review by Sonia Franzen Middle school has enough drama already. But that doesn’t stop Callie from loving theater. Though, she faces a problem: she can’t sing. Instead, she becomes a member of the crew and works to create the best middle school set of Moon Over Mississippi. Throughout the novel she finds herself stumbling through…

Review: Boy Meets Boy by David Levitan

Reviewed by Kate Plager There’s a limited number of classic tropes featured in most works of adolescent realistic fiction. Drama about who will be named homecoming queen, parents’ pressure about college decisions, nervous and awkward first dates with a boy you have a crush on, trying to find your place in a high school run…

Review: Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper

Reviewed by Katie Green Imagine never communicating with the people around you.  Imagine never being able to tell them you understand them.  This is the frustratingly isolated world of eleven-year-old Melody.  She is a genius with a photographic memory, but almost no one knows.  Melody has cerebral palsy, so she is unable to talk or…

Review: The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye

Reviewed by Racha Kassir The Turtle of Oman recounts how a third grader Omani boy named Aref refuses to move with his parents from Oman to the U.S. Ann Arbor, Michigan for three years while they obtain their doctorate degrees. Aref gives his mom a hard time while packing. No matter how large the suitcase,…