Jennifer Pickrell

YA Writer

Reviews

Books I’ve reviewed on the blog, broken down by age group. Previews of my Goodreads reviews in the right-hand sidebar. My favorite genre to read is YA contemporary, but I’ll try any book once. This is the reason I muddled through a 600-page biography on Rasputin and know way too much about rabies.

At the bottom of the page you’ll find interviews with several writers and other creative people.

BOOKS

(note: some of these are dedicated, comprehensive posts about the book, others are mini, one or two liners in a post with multiple reviews)

MIDDLE GRADE

Anna’s Blizzard (2005) by Alison Hart (historical fiction / 1880s / adventure)

Anne of Green Gables (1908) by L.M Montgomery (classic / coming-of-age / Canada)

Dust of Eden (2014) by Mariko Nagai (historical fiction / 1940s / Japanese-American main character / Japanese internment camps / books in verse)

Inside Out and Back Again (2011) by Thanhha Lai (historical fiction / 1970s / Vietnam War / Vietnamese main character / relocating to America / books in verse / inspired by the author’s own life)

Itch (2008) by Michelle D. Kwasney (historical fiction / 1960s / grief / abuse / family)

Shadow Horse (1999) by Alison Hart (mystery / horses / sequel is Whirlwind)

Stepping on the Cracks (1991) by Mary Downing Hahn (historical fiction / 1940s / WWII / families of soldiers / relationships / coming-of-age)

Summer of Lost and Found (2016) by Rebecca Behrens (contemporary with historical references / mystery / Lost Colony of Roanoke / family)

The Familiars (2010) by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson (fantasy / talking animals / magic / quests / series / book 1)

The Westing Game (1978) by Ellen Raskin (mystery / inheritance / clues)

When Audrey Met Alice (2014) by Rebecca Behrens (contemporary with historical references / Alice Roosevelt / White House / Emily Spinach)

When You Reach Me (2009) by Rebecca Stead (historical fiction / 1970s / NYC / time travel / mystery)

Whirlwind (2010) by Alison Hart (mystery / horses / sequel to Shadow Horse)

Wonder (2012) by R.J. Palacio (contemporary / extraordinary face / 5th grade / acceptance / multiple POVs)

YOUNG ADULT

After Burn (2011) by Sherry Ficklin (contemporary / mystery / military families)

Allegiant (2013) by Veronica Roth (dystopian / series / book 3)

An Abundance of Katherines (2006) by John Green (contemporary / road trip / friendships / theorems / funny)

Anna and the French Kiss (2010) by Stephanie Perkins (contemporary / boarding school / romance / Paris)

Between Shades of Gray (2012) by Ruta Sepetys (historical fiction / 1940s / Lithuania / Siberia / war / work camp / survival

Blue Plate Special (2009) by Michelle D. Kwasney (realistic / multiple POVs / quiet YA)

Butter (2012) by Erin Jade Lange (contemporary / bullying / obesity)

Cracked Up to Be (2008) by Courtney Summers (contemporary / guilt)

Crank (2004) by Ellen Hopkins (realistic / drug addiction / mother-daughter relationships)

Daughter of Smoke and Bone (2011) by Laini Taylor (fantasy / angels / chimera / series / book 1)

Dramarama (2007) by E. Lockhart (contemporary / drama camp / friendships)

Everybody Sees the Ants (2011) by A.S. King (realistic / bullying)

Fallen Angels (1988) by Walter Dean Myers (historical fiction / 1960s / Vietnam War / African-American main character / friendships / main character’s nephew featured in follow-up Sunrise Over Fallujah)

Fixing Delilah (2010) by Sarah Ockler (contemporary / mother-daughter relationships)

Flipped (2001) by Wendelin Van Draanen (realistic / friendships / romance / dual narrators)

For Darkness Shows the Stars (2012) by Diana Peterfreund (sci-fi reimagining of Jane Austen’s Persuasion)

Foresight (2010) by Sherry Ficklin (contemporary mythology retelling / series / book 1 / my interview with the author here)

Geektastic (2009) edited by Holly Black & Cecil Castellucci (short story collection)

Going Too Far (2009) by Jennifer Echols (contemporary / romance)

Harry Potter series (1997-2007) by J.K. Rowling (fantasy / series)

How to Say Goodbye in Robot (2009) by Natalie Standiford (realistic / friendships)

Insurgent (2012) by Veronica Roth (dystopian / series / book 2)

Jasper Jones (2009) by Craig Silvey (historical fiction / 1960s / Australia / coming-of-age / small town / secrets)

Jellicoe Road (2006) by Melina Marchetta (realistic / boarding school / secrets / Australia)

Just Listen (2006) by Sarah Dessen (contemporary / family / sisters / relationships)

Just One Day (2013) by Gayle Forman (contemporary / whirlwind romance / travel / Europe)

Like Mandarin (2011) by Kirsten Hubbard (realistic / small town / friendships / another brief review here)

Looking for Alaska (2005) by John Green (contemporary / boarding school / friendships)

Moonglass (2011) by Jessi Kirby (contemporary / grief / romance / family / quiet YA)

Orchards (2011) by Holly Thompson (contemporary / Japanese-American main character / Jewish main character / Japan / family)

Out of Darkness (2015) by Ashley Hope Perez (historical fiction / 1930s / prejudice / siblings / Mexican-American main character / New London school explosion / Texas

Playing Hurt (2011) by Holly Schindler (contemporary / female athletes / basketball / injury / romance / upper YA

Please Ignore Vera Dietz (2010) by A.S. King (multiple POVs / death / grief / secrets)

Pretty Girl-13 (2013) by Liz Coley (contemporary / kidnapping / dissociative identity disorder)

Red Queen (2015) by Victoria Aveyard (fantasy / class divide / series / book 1)

Second Chance Summer (2012) by Morgan Matson (contemporary / family / cancer)

Sunrise Over Fallujah (2008) by Walter Dean Myers (realistic / Iraq War / African-American main character / friendships / main character is the nephew of mc in Fallen Angels)

Sweethearts (2008) by Sara Zarr (contemporary / friendships / bittersweet)

The Boy Recession (2012) by Flynn Meaney (contemporary / sweet / romance / funny)

The Fault in Our Stars (2012) by John Green (contemporary / cancer / romance)

The Hunger Games (2008) by Suzanne Collins (dystopian / series / book 1)

The Last Star (2016) by Rick Yancey (sci-fi / alien invasion / series / book 3)

The Raven Boys (2012) by Maggie Stiefvater (paranormal / mythology / psychics / friendships / series / book 1)

The Raven King (2016) by Maggie Stiefvater (paranormal / mythology / psychics / friendships / series / book 4)

The Scorpio Races (2011) by Maggie Stiefvater (fantasy / mythology / dual narrator / water horses)

The Truth About Forever (2004) by Sarah Dessen (contemporary / romance / friendships)

The Story of Us (2012) by Deb Caletti (contemporary / summer after graduation / family / relationships)

This is Not a Test (2012) by Courtney Summers (zombies / survival / apocalypse / depression)

Twenty Boy Summer (2007) by Sarah Ockler (contemporary / grief / friendships)

Under a Painted Sky (2015) by Stacey Lee (historical fiction / western / 1840s / Chinese-American main character / on-the-run / friendship)

Wanderlove (2012) by Kirsten Hubbard (contemporary / summer after graduation / travel / Central America)

Wintergirls (2009) by Laurie Halse Anderson (contemporary / eating disorders / add’l review here)

Zombies vs. Unicorns (2010) edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier (short story collection)

ADULT

Born on a Blue Day (2006) by Daniel Tammet (autobiography / autism)

Friday Night Lights (1990) by H.G. Bissinger (non-fiction, high school football)

Ghost Boy (2011) by Martin Pistorius (memoir / locked-in syndrome / South Africa)

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (2009) by Jamie Ford (fiction / 1980s / 1940s / Chinese-American narrator / childhood friendships / Japanese internment camps

I am Legend (1954) by Richard Matheson (horror / lone survivor / vampires)

In the Shadow of the Banyan (2012) by Vaddey Ratner (fiction / 1970s / child narrator / Cambodia / Khmer Rouge / family / survival / based on author’s own experience)

Love is a Mixtape (2007) by Rob Sheffield (memoir / music / marriage / death / grief)

Never Let Me Go (2005) by Kazuo Ishiguro (sci-fi / England / boarding school)

On the Road (1957) by Jack Kerouac (classic / travel / drugs / Beat Generation)

Picking Bones from Ash (2009) by Marie Mutsuki Mockett (fiction / Japan / mother-daughter relationships)

Summer Sisters (1998) by Judy Blume (fiction / friendships / coming-of-age / adulthood)

Tell the Wolves I’m Home (2012) by Carol Rifka Brunt (fiction / 1980s / AIDS / family / grief)

The Art of Fielding (2011) by Chad Harbach (fiction / college baseball / relationships)

The Gendarme (2010) by Mark Mustian (fiction / Armenian genocide / WWI / alternates between past and present)

The Grapes of Wrath (1939) by John Steinbeck (classic / family / poverty / Dust Bowl)

The Last Jew of Treblinka (2009) by Chil Rajchman (memoir / Jewish / concentration camps)

The Old Man and the Sea (1952) by Ernest Hemingway (classic / man vs nature / fishing / Cuba)

The Sweet Hereafter (1991) by Russell Banks (fiction / small town / accident investigation / grief)

War and Peace (1869) by Leo Tolstoy (classic / Russia / family / relationships / war / aristocrats / REALLY long)

The White Album (1979) by Joan Didion (non-fiction / essays / women in journalism / California / 1960s / 1970s / mental health

Wingshooters (2011) by Nina Revoyr (fiction / adult narrator reflecting on childhood / Japanese-American main character / small town / discrimination / child-grandparent relationships)

Working (1974) by Studs Terkel (non-fiction / interviews / occupations)

INTERVIEWS

(note: these interviews are years’ old so I can’t guarantee the functionality of the links embedded in the posts)

Artists/Photographers

Suolon Hu (June 18, 2010)

Dennis Wymer (June 4, 2010)

Musicians

Ben Deily (March 27, 2010)

Christopher S. Feltner (March 25, 2010)

James Houlahan (October 5, 2010)

Ian Margolycz (February 13, 2010)

Jacob Matz/The Dreadful Horoscope (April 26, 2010)

Bob Villain (January 12, 2010)

Writers

Wendy Burt-Thomas (February 6, 2010) 

Sherry Ficklin (January 21, 2010) (my review of her book FORESIGHT here) (another interview and review of her book AFTER BURN here)

Misc

Shawn Pickrell, treasurer of HSAPQ (March 15, 2010)

 

 

 

 

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