Children and Teens
Our Broken Pieces
By Sarah White
Review by Christian Perring on Thu, Jul 13th 2017.
Our Broken Pieces by Sarah White[This review contains spoilers.] This teen romance is mostly standard fare. High school senior Everly Morgan discovers that her boyfriend is cheating on her with her best friend, so she suddenly loses most of her social life. But then she meets Gabe, who is both hard-muscled and sensitive. Will there be a new romance for her? Of course there will. The publisher's blurb describes this novel as "steamy" and it is true that Everly does end up having sex, but there's no mention of any genitals, with all the description being about the prelude to the sex, and it's all done in the context of ro
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Dead Little Mean Girl
By Eva Darrows
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Jul 11th 2017.
  Emma tells the story of the terrible behavior of her step-sister Quinn. They are teens in the same year of high school, and they are forced to live together when their mothers decide to move in to the same house. Emma is a funny and acerbic narrator, but she is a geek who likes reading books like The Hunger Games. She works hard and has a small group of friends. Quinn is obsessed by her appearance and is expert at being popular. When she does not get her way, Quinn gets her revenge, and puts a lot of energy into humiliating others. She has a string of boyfriends and girlfriends, and sh
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Dead Little Mean Girl by Eva Darrows

A Tragic Kind of Wonderful
A Novel
By Eric Lindstrom
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Jun 13th 2017.
A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric LindstromMel Hannigan is nearly 17 years old and has rapid cycling bipolar disorder with mixed states. Her elder brother, who also had mental illness, died not that long ago, and she does not want to think about it. She calls her ability to avoid painful thoughts her superpower, but she eventually learns that she needs to process what happened. It's only near the end of the story in a dramatic final scene that we find out how her brother died. A Tragic Kind of Wonderful is an unusual YA novel in its depiction of a young woman with bipolar disorder. She has been diagnosed and she is taking a carefully
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Transgender Children and Youth
Cultivating Pride and Joy with Families in Transition
By Elijah C. Nealy
Review by Hennie Weiss on Tue, Jun 13th 2017.
Despite transgender children receiving more attention, acceptance and understanding than previous decades, along with many of the rights of transgender children and youth being put into laws and practice, confusion, discrimination, misinformation and a lack of understanding in order to help, aid and guide transgender youth is still widespread in the United States and other parts of the world. In Transgender Children and Youth: Cultivating Pride and Joy with Families in Transition, Elijah C. Nealy, himself a transgender man, provides the reader with an extensive guide to not only understanding
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Transgender Children and Youth by Elijah C. Nealy

Children and the Politics of Sexuality
The Sexualization of Children Debate Revisited
By Liza Tsaliki
Review by Robert Scott Stewart, Ph.D. on Tue, Apr 25th 2017.
Children and the Politics of Sexuality by Liza TsalikiLiza Tsaliki's Children and the Politics of Sexuality provides a much needed counter-voice to the widely held beliefs current in the Western World that children are 'naturally' sexually innocent, and that they should remain that way at least until later adolescence or early adulthood. I see three major influences on Tsaliki's book, and I will shape my review around those (related) sources: the French historian, Phillippe Aries, the French philosopher, Michel Foucault, and third wave feminism. Aries' book, Centuries of Childhood (1962) was the first serious historical analysis of childhood, an
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Sophie Spikey Has a Very Big Problem
A story about refusing help and needing to be in control
By Sarah Naish, Rosie Jefferies and Amy Farrell
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Apr 18th 2017.
This UK book for young children tells the story of Sophie who is very young and is living with her new parents. We don't learn what happened to her old parents, but we do find out that Sophie had to learn to do a lot on her own when she was extremely young. Now, she doesn't like to be helped and is suspicious of people who try to help her. One day she and her Mum are going to go out shopping, but Sophie can't find her new shoes. So she gets out her old shoes from the trash can and gets a wet foot walking around. When her Mum notices, she works out what has gone wrong and talks her through the
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Sophie Spikey Has a Very Big Problem by Sarah Naish, Rosie Jefferies and Amy Farrell

Child Insanity in England, 1845-1907
By Steven Taylor
Review by Hennie Weiss on Tue, Apr 4th 2017.
Child Insanity in England, 1845-1907 by Steven TaylorSteven J. Taylor has focused on filling in the gaps and adding to the historical understanding and research of mental illness in children during a specific time period during the nineteenth century into the twentieth century. In Child Insanity in England, 1845-1907, Taylor focuses his attention on five pauper (meaning poor or not wealthy) lunatic asylums in both rural and urban areas. According to Taylor, the asylums were used primarily to control the deviant and insane population even though certain legal enactments existed to attempt to treat those deemed insane. Taylor uses a cultural
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Rebuttal
By Jyotsna Hariharan
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, Jan 24th 2017.
Jyotsna Hariharan's Reubuttal is an audio drama performed by 5 actors, Phoebe Strole, Michael Crouch, Nina Mehta, Peter Ganim, and Dan Bittner, with sound effects to make it more realistic. It's about two teens in their senior year who are fighting their parents' expectations of them.  Alex Dassan is a young Indian woman whose parents expect her to go into marine biology, but who wants to be a writer. Jeremy Beekman's parents expect him to go into medicine, but he wants to be an artist. They meet in a debate team, where they practice argumentative skills, and this gives them som
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Rebuttal by Jyotsna Hariharan

 
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