“Catching Fire” by Suzanne Collins

This is the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy.  I read it immediately after finishing “The Hunger Games,” because quite frankly, the first book doesn’t really end.  I’m going to do my best to review the book without providing major spoilers from the first one, even though it means that my review might beRead more

“The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins

Over the past few months, many of my friends and relatives have told me that “The Hunger Games” is fantastic and is something that I absolutely must read.  I’ve been meaning to read it for a while, especially after the whole Darkness Too Visible controversy last summer.  As the movie is coming out next month, IRead more

“War Dances” by Sherman Alexie, Part II

For anyone curious about the first set of stories/poems in the collection, see “War Dances” by Sherman Alexie, Part 1. Without further ado… Another Proclamation This poem points out that around the same time that Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation proclamation, he also signed the death warrants of Native Americans, resulting in the largest public executionRead more

“War Dances” by Sherman Alexie, Part 1

I decided to break up this book into a couple posts, as it is a collection of short stories and poems.  I picked up this book at the National Book Festival back in September.  Alexie’s novels are often challenged in schools because his writing addresses the problems faced by Native Americans in the modern US.  ItRead more

Life is Dark

Meghan Cox Gurdon has been at it again with a response to the criticism against her article “Darkness Too Visible,” which I commented on in an earlier post. Clearly, YA novels are out to get us and out to eat your children. Gurdon still just doesn’t seem to get it.  Adolescents have to deal withRead more

Darkness Too Visible

By now, you’ve probably read Meghan Cox Gurdon’s Wall Street Journal article “Darkness Too Visible,” which criticizes the availability of dark-themed YA novels.  Needless to say, this has created quite a buzz in the book blog world, with a great deal of debate on both sides. My own opinion is that Megan Cox Gurdon isRead more