Category: Young Critics

Children of Exile

Children of Exile, by Margret Peterson Haddix, is a story about children being exiled (get it) from a safe, comfortable town and being moved to a dangerous, cruel town. The book follows Rosi (the main character), her little brother Bobo, and Rosi’s friend Edwy. Rosi,-as a character- is very forgettable, everything she does in this...

The Goldfish Boy

“TThe Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson, is a story about a boy with obsessive compulsive disorder who witnesses the disappearance of a toddler. Matthew, the main character, doesn’t have the sitcom’s version of OCD that is for comic relief or anything, he actually has a very realistic form of the disorder that gets quite disturbing...

Saving Hamlet by Molly Booth

I thoroughly enjoyed the book Saving Hamlet, and I appreciate that authors are starting to include more LGBTQ characters in novels these days.  Although I usually try to stay away from books with time travel, I like how the author used it in the book.  Emma is a well thought out character who expresses her...

Still a Work in Progress

Still a Work in Progress by Jo Knowles is a novel about a little brother’s perspective on an eating disorder his sister is going through.  The characters are probably the best part of the story, as they are all well rounded, interesting and memorable.  Although the book might seem sad and disturbing there are many...

Going Wild

Going Wild by Lisa McMann was a bit of a dull read. This disappointed me because I very much liked this author’s last series, The Unwanteds. I did not get past the tenth chapter, and was definitely not captivated by the chapters I did read. From what I gather, the story follows a young girl...