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Dark Times (2006), edited by Ann Walsh

I once write a chapter for a book about Robert Cormier, an author well known for his starkly realist novels for young adults. Cormier explained his novels’ popularity by stating readers “say I tell it like it is. 688 more words

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Ethan (2013), by P. T. Michelle

A prequel to Brightest Kind of Darkness, Ethan gives us some of the back-story of how Ethan begins to form his connection to Nara. While the text itself gives only a short moment in Ethan’s life—from his arrival at Blue Ridge school until he meets Nara after the bomb threat—it contains glimmers of moments that help construct his self-knowledge much later in the series. 71 more words

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Tag Team (2013), by W. C. Mack

This review was first published in Resource Links Magazine, “Canada’s national journal devoted to the review and evaluation of Canadian English and French resources for children and young adults.” It appears in volume 19.2. 394 more words

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Brightest Kind of Darkness (2011), by P. T. Michelle

“… and I dreamed your dream for you, and now your dream is real…” (“Romeo and Juliet,” Dire Straits, 1980)

Nara and Ethan both struggle with unique paranormal abilities, but far from being merely part of the growing plethora of “paranormal YA fiction,” Brightest Kind of Darkness presents as a realist novel, in which Nara and Ethan struggle to find some normalcy, some balance between the world they live in and the powers that underlie humanity’s religions and mythologies—and are nonetheless very real. 293 more words

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The Fall (2013), by Colleen Nelson

This review was first published in Resource Links Magazine, “Canada’s national journal devoted to the review and evaluation of Canadian English and French resources for children and young adults.” It appears in volume 18.5. 371 more words

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