Category Archives: Books for Young Adults

Dear World: A Syrian Girl’s Story of War and Plea for Peace, Bana Alabed, author, Lameece Issaq, narrator

This is a very brief account of Syria’s Assad’s war against his own people. it is unusual because it is written by a seven year old at the time it begins, who turns eight years old by the time it … Continue reading

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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, Neil deGrasse Tyson, author

The book is very readable, but perhaps not very comprehensible. As the author attempts to explain the entirety of the astrophysical world, it made one thing very clear to me. I was not up to the task. He begins his … Continue reading

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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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