Freckleface Strawberry by Julianne Moore

Can too much curiosity spur accidental bullying? Moore, Julianne.¬†Freckleface Strawberry. Illustrations by LeUyen Pham. New York: Bloomsbury, 2007. Print. Genre: picture book Summary: An exuberant little girl tries everything to hide her red hair and freckles. She quickly uncovers a difficult choice: either go through life alone and uncomfortable or accept her own oddities. Critique:… Continue reading Freckleface Strawberry by Julianne Moore

Skippy Dies by Paul Murray

Murray, Paul. Skippy Dies. London: Penguin, 2010. Print. Genre: literary fiction (for adults) (I argue: YA contemporary) Summary: Howard (the coward) returns to teach at his alma mater, Seabrook College. Howard never achieved the fame and fortune that is expected of Seabrook graduates. Instead, he muddles through his life and relationships burdened with the secrets… Continue reading Skippy Dies by Paul Murray

Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry

Ferry, Beth.¬†Stick and Stone. Illus. Tom Lichtenheld. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015. Print. Genre: rhyming picture book Summary: A stick and a stone become fast friends after an unfortunate name-calling incident. Critique: This story puts a clever twist on the old saying: Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.… Continue reading Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry