The Kingdom of Childhood

From  Rosemarie Jerome
Author:   Rebecca  Coleman
The Kingdom of Childhood
Judy McFarland and Zach Patterson are drawn to each other by needs that start out innocent but quickly turn into something much darker.  Sexual obsession drives a 40 year old wife, mother and teacher to statutory rape and her 16 year old victim to feeling guilt, remorse, anger and self loathing but unable to stop the cycle.  It is a disturbing and twisted situation and even though you get to see both sides of the story it is hard to sympathize with a woman whose past certainly corrupted her.  Powerful and haunting, this controversial book leaves you questioning what secrets are hidden behind the normal facade of everyday life. This is definitely a book to use for discussion groups that don’t mind dealing with this difficult topic.

The Miles Between

From Eric, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Pearson, Mary E.
The Miles Between
The Miles Between is a unique story about four unique people. The main character is Destiny Faraday, a student at Hedgebrook Academy who tends to separate herself from the other students. Destiny has secrets, but chooses not to share them with anyone. All she truly wants in life is just “one fair day” where the good guy wins and everything works out for the best. One day Destiny and three of her classmates, Seth, Mira and Aidan happen to find a running convertible conveniently located on school grounds, and for once they decide to break the monotonous routine that has consumed then since they came to Hedgebrook. Throughout that trip they find friendship and much more. The foursome was able to put to rest many of the difficult things they had each endured during their short lives. Destiny is the one who has suffered the most, and thanks to her newfound friends, she is able to find peace and a brighter tomorrow. The Miles  Between is a story of fate, friendship, and accepting and confronting our past as a part of who we are as people. I would
recommend this for teenage readers, as the story provides an interesting perspective on life that will make a reader appreciate all that he or she has. It is an emotional story that I will not soon forget.

From Katie, Teen Book Reviewer
author: Shepard, Sara
Wanted : a pretty little liars novel
This book is the last book in the Pretty Little Liars Series. It is about what really happened to Ali, and who A really is. In this fantastic and spine tingling book, the police find someone who might be Ali’s true killer. Billy has no alibi and a recent picture found from the crime scene shows a blurry photo of the killer. The killer has blond hair, just like Billy. The problem is he didn’t do it. And the girls know this. As secrets come out, the final book in the Pretty Little Liars series has twists that you could never imagine.

 This book is a good book if you liked the other Pretty Little Liars books. It is a spine tingling book that you couldn’t put down if you tried. I give this book 5 stars!

What Remains of Heaven

From Rosemarie Jerome
author: Harris, C.S.
What Remains of Heaven
Sebastian St. Cyr does not believe in coincidences. Two men have met their demise in an ancient crypt, but their murders occurred thirty years apart.   When he is asked to investigate the murder of the outspoken Bishop of London, who has many powerful enemies, he is foiled by lies and secrets.  Is the motive politics, revenge or blackmail gone wrong?  Can he solve it before he suffers the same fate?  Each book in this mystery series, that takes place in 18th century England, offers a new surprise about the main characters.  This fifth adventure unearths shattering news.  The other titles in the Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery series are What Angels Fear, When Gods Die, Why Mermaids Sing, When Serpents Sleep.  The sixth book, Where Shadows Dance, will be available in March 2011.