Last week I was lucky enough to be on vacation. Much of that time was spent fairly disconnected from the internet - and at times - cell phones. It was a wonderfully relaxing time; however, it did absolutely nothing to get me caught up on this blog! So...here are some more "quick and dirty" reviews.
Blood Red Road by Moira Young– debut book.
In an post apocalyptic world, Saba and her siblings have spent their whole lives in seclusion, sporadically seeing a few neighbors. For years it has been only Saba, her beloved twin Lugh, their younger sister Emmi and their father. When Lugh is captured by mysterious riders, Saba is determined to rescue him despite the great trials she must face. Along the way she realizes that with the power of friendship she is stronger. (Teen)
Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy– debut book.
Modern day Afghanistan. A young Afghani teen must live with the horrible facial defect with which she was born. This is compounded by gender issues that are traditional to her society and the lingering effects of the Taliban’s rule. When American soldiers come to their village, the culture clash brings fear, anger, and – most importantly – hope.(Teen/Tween)
Sister Mischief by Laura Goode– debut book.
Proving that hip hop culture transcends socio-economic and racial boundaries, suburban high schoolers and close friends Esme, Rowie, Marcy and Tess let the rhymes fly. When their school opposes hip hop to the point of writing a policy against the music and its culture, the foursome develop a student group to discuss the movement and how it corresponds with reality. Along the way there is first love, finding of one’s self, and the realization of true friendship. (Teen)
Three down...several more to go.