Tag Archive | growing up

Still Life with Tornado

Still Life With Tornado by A.S. King My rating: 3 of 5 stars 3.5 starsI’ll tell you straight up, this isn’t my favourite A.S. King book, but it’s still pretty good. The main character in this book, Sarah, is pretty messed up. She’s dropped out of school (it’s unclear why), she’s withdrawn from her family […]

Sixth Grade Style Queen (Not!)

Sixth Grade Style Queen by Sherryl Clark My rating: 5 of 5 stars This ‘verse’ novel is an absolute heartbreaker. Clark gets right inside the head of Dawn. Dawn is in grade 6 and her best and longest friend has joined the style queens (read bitches), her mum and dad are fighting, and school and […]

Journey from Peppermint Street

Journey from Peppermint Street by Meindert DeJong My rating: 5 of 5 stars This gentle coming-of-age story still resonates with me more than 40 years after I first read it. Siebren goes with his grandfather on a great adventure – walking across the marshes to visit Aunt Hinka. Siebren has never left his small village, […]