Book Notes: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Shannon Keane explores the twisted powers of fate and young love in Eleanor and Park.

“If Shakespeare wanted you to believe they were in love he wouldn’t tell you in almost the very first scene that Romeo was hung up on Rosaline… It’s Shakespeare making fun of love.” -Eleanor, from Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell If Romeo and Juliet is Shakespeare’s joke about the fickle nature of love, Eleanor and Park is Rainbow Rowell’s testament …

Book Notes: Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald

Shannon Keane reviews Laura Marx Fitzgerald’s debut book, Under the Egg.

When we meet thirteen-year-old Theo (Theodora Tenpenny), she is grieving for the loss of her grandfather, and puzzling over his cryptic last words. “Look under the egg… There’s… a letter. And a treasure.” A treasure is exactly what Theo needs to support herself and her eccentric mother, since their last few dollars are quickly dwindling. …

Book Notes: Son by Lois Lowry

In Son, Lois Lowry proves that young people can engage with texts that contain complicated, universal issues. The ideas and questions in this book are fascinating for the young and adult reader.

Lois Lowry is an unusual author. Many authors with a successful series strive to churn out their books as quickly as possible, and have the habit of writing a cliffhanger at the end of each book, in the hopes of increasing anticipation (and pre-sales) for the next. Lois Lowry does not do that. Lowry’s 1993 …