Category Archives: Books for Young Adults

Raquela, Ruth Gruber

Beginning in1929, when Raquela Levy is five years old and the Arabs are rioting in the Old City, and continuing through the next five decades, the book takes the reader through the joys and tragedies of Raquela’s life. It follows … Continue reading

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Chronicle of a Last Summer: A Novel of Egypt, Yasmine El Rashidi

The place is Egypt; the time is the summer of 1984. A young child is narrating the story and describing the conditions in Egypt and the schools. It is brutally hot. For the next three decades, we watch her as … Continue reading

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Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit

This is the loveliest story about the most unlovely subject. Why is this book designated for grades seven and up? The message is more profound than what is perceived initially on its surface. This is a tale about evil that … Continue reading

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Orphan Number Eight, Kim van Alkemade, author, Andi Arndt, narrator

Although the story begins in a tenement apartment in which a gentle, loving mother and wife, Visha, is forced to submit to her husband Harry’s inappropriate sexual demands, it swiftly moves to the abandonment of their two children, Rachel and … Continue reading

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All The Bright Places, Jennifer Niven, narrators, Kirby Heyborne, Ariadne Meyers

I am not sure why this book has been labeled young adult. All readers, regardless of age, a parent, a counselor, a teacher, a coach or a student, could benefit from reading it. It is right on target about the … Continue reading

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Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town, Jon Krakauer; Narrators: Mozhan Marno, Scott Brick.

This book is incredibly well researched, presenting an enormous amount of detail regarding rape accusations, investigations and trials. The descriptions are extremely graphic, and therefore, the book might not be for everyone, but the information in it should be provided … Continue reading

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I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb; It is read by Archie Panjabi

I didn’t think that there would be that much of interest in a book about someone so young, written by someone so young, yet I was blown away by her ability to put her life and experiences into words. Malala, a … Continue reading

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