Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

October 31, 2013

Plot summary (from the publisher): A mysterious island.

 An abandoned orphanage.

 A strange collection of very curious photographs.

 It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob […]


A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly

October 10, 2013

Plot summary (from the publisher): It is 1906 and Mattie Gokey is trying to learn how to stand up like a man — even though she’s a sixteen-year-old girl. At her summer job at a resort on Big Moose Lake in the Adirondack mountains, she will earn enough money to make something of her life. […]


War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

October 12, 2012

Plot summary (from the publisher): In 1914, Joey, a beautiful bay-red foal with a distinctive cross on his nose, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges toward the enemy, witnessing the horror of the battles in France. But even in […]


Death on A Southern Breeze by Mark de Castrique

August 9, 2012

Plot summary (from the publisher): JUNE 1860 — A new locomotive christened A Southern Breeze steams across the Carolina countryside carrying seventeen-year-old Jeb Bennett and his twin sister Rachel Leigh to the exhilarating promise of a summer in Charleston. While storm clouds gather over the landscape, fiercer storms rage inside the passenger cars. The tensions […]


Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

May 12, 2012

Plot summary (from the publisher): In the opening pages of Jamie Ford’s stunning debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle’s Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an […]


Watership Down by Richard Adams

April 26, 2012

Plot summary (from the publisher): A phenomenal worldwide bestseller for over thirty years, Richard Adams’s Watership Down is a timeless classic and one of the most beloved novels of all time. Set in England’s Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of adventure, courage and survival follows a band of very special creatures […]


The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Macker

February 10, 2012

Plot summary (from the publisher): It’s 1996, and Josh and Emma have been neighbors their whole lives. They’ve been best friends almost as long – at least, up until last November, when Josh did something that changed everything. Things have been weird between them ever since, but when Josh’s family gets a free AOL CD […]


Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer

September 16, 2010

Plot summary (with spoilers): Theodore Boone is a precocious 13-year-old kid who wants to be a lawyer. Both his parents are lawyers, and in their small town of Strattenburg, that means Theo gets access to the courthouse, judges, and other personnel that your average Joe wouldn’t be able to meet with. Theo is a good […]


The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell

June 28, 2010

Plot summary (with spoilers): This book is a prequel to Bushnell’s novel Sex and the City, and takes the reader back to Carrie Bradshaw’s high school days. It’s senior year, and Carrie suffers from the same kind of angst that every other 17-year-old in the world (and everyone who has been to high school and […]


To Alaska for Gold by Edward Stratemeyer

May 19, 2010

Plot summary (with spoilers): To Alaska for Gold was written in 1899 as part of the Bound to Succeed Series, which apparently contained a bunch of adventure stories aimed at boys. The reason I wanted to read this book is that I proofread about 100 pages of it for Project Gutenberg, and couldn’t help but […]