Teaching My Baby To Read

Home » Posts tagged 'YA'

Tag Archives: YA

“Call Me Grim” by Elizabeth Holloway

wpid-FB_IMG_14115974220153929.jpg

Call Me Grim by Elizabeth Holloway is the perfect book for a misty October night.

Libi should be dead right now, except for creepy-stalker-guy Aaron saved her moments before a truck would have ended her teenage life. The catch is that Aaron is a local Grim Reaper and he wants Libi to take over his job.

As the clock ticks Libi has a multitude of decisions to make. Quick death or immortal discord? Best friend Kyle or Mr. Aaron RIP?

I was really impressed by how the story’s premise held together so well. There were lots of parts where I found myself thinking “Wow! That is sooooo cool!”

As YA books go, Call Me Grim is PG in terms of cleanness. It’s not too scary or too racy but it is definitely “I’ve-got-to-read-this-in-one-day!” material. I look forward to reading more books from Elizabeth Holloway in the future.

P.S. For the #YABookCook version of this post, head on over to JenniferBardsley.Net.

“Survival Colony 9” Makes Boys Want to Read

wpid-20140923_152113.jpg

In a post-apocalyptic world turned to dust, Querry Genn’s amnesia is either his greatest strength–or his downfall–depending on whom you ask. That’s the premise between Joshua David Bellin’s brilliant debut novel, Survival Colony 9. I was so excited to read this book that I preordered it from Amazon.

Survival Colony 9 was everything I hoped it would be. Scary, suspenseful and also thought provoking. Even better, it’s “clean” enough for my nine-year-old to read, so he’s pretty stoked.

The descriptive passages in this book were especially well written. I kept picturing the movie “Empire of the Sun” in all its ghastly glory. If Survival Colony 9 ever becomes a movie, John Malkovich should definitely play Querry’s father.

Some of you may recognize Bellin from my blogroll. He’s the creator of YA Guy, a blog that strives to highlight books that would interest teen boys as well as teen girls. As a teacher, reader and parent, I appreciate that mission!