There's not a lot that Ember is certain about except that she barely survived a horrific car accident, and her passenger did not.
After emergency surgery followed by eight months in a hospital, 17-year-old Ember arrives home with many visible scars, but the most troubling are those that don't show. Read full book review >
A knot-in-the-stomach of a good book, as true and real as any this year: Griffin (Split Just Right, p. 555, etc.), in her disturbing portraits of adults as authoritative, abusive, and ineffectual parents, casts a dark shadow over the story of two teenage brothers leaving the safety of childhood. Intelligent writing and thoughtfully drawn characters amplify the process of two boys wending their way through the complexities of family relationships that are often beyond the scope of their understanding. Read full book review >
A teenager learns some unpleasant truths about her parents in this deceptively light-toned portrait of a two-member family. Although constant rehearsals and several part-time jobs keep her mother, Susan, so much on the fly that they seldom eat together and only communicate with notes, Danny still feels close to her; when she finds out from others that her mother has lost her bread-and-butter TV-commercial job and is waitressing to make ends meet, Danny is mystified and angry at the deception. Read full book review >
Set against a vivid picture of life in the Panama Canal Zone during the Carter Administration, this tale of a deceptively healthy military family trying to deny past tragedy has a theatrical flavor. In a 24-hour period in 1977, Lane, who is 12, and her younger brother, Charlie, join the rest of the neighborhood kids to hang out, build a fort, then row out to a low tower set in a nearby lock of the Canal. Read full book review >