Review: Rules for 50/50 Chances

Rules for 50/50 Chances by Kate McGovern

This book had more substance than I was expecting. I knew going into reading it that it was about a young girl’s decision of whether or not to find out whether she has the gene for Huntington’s disease. What I did not know is that it is also a contemporary inter-racial romance. I was happily surprised. McGovern handled both subjects very well. Rose’s mother is slowly dying from Huntington’s disease, and since she’s almost 18, she can decide for herself whether or not to get tested for the gene. She’s an amazing ballet dancer, and she’s having trouble deciding on colleges since her future health is […]

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Review: Endangered by Eliot Schrefer

Endangered by Eliot Schrefer

Endangered is a very different type of YA novel. I would have LOVED this book as a pre-teen. I was pretty obsessed with Jane Goodall and her work with chimpanzees, Gorillas in the Mist, and Matthew Broderick’s Project X. (I still love that movie!) Sophie lives in Miami with her father, but every summer she goes back to Congo, where she was born, to stay with her mother, who runs a bonobo sanctuary there. On her way to the sanctuary this summer, Sophie runs into a desperate man trying to sell a baby bonobo. Knowing it’s a bad idea to buy bonobos, but not knowing what […]

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Review: The Orphan Keeper by Camron Wright

The Orphan Keeper by Camron Wright

Based on a true story, The Orphan Keeper tells the remarkable tale of a young boy who is stolen from his family in a small village in Indian, sold to a Christian orphanage, and adopted by a family in America. Chellamuthu, later renamed Taj, tried to communicate to anyone who would listen that he wasn’t an orphan. He had a family. But no one wanted to hear it except his adopted parents, but they also were met with zero assistance from anyone back in India, so they were forced to give up hope. Taj’s life wasn’t all bad though. He was always fed and well loved […]

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