Platypus Police Squad: Review Haiku

egg-laying mammals of action
are on the case!

Platypus Police Squad: The Frog Who Croaked by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Walden Pond Press, 2013, 240 pages.


Hiding Out at the Pancake Palace: Review Haiku

Bieber-esque kid celeb
chokes up, runs away.
Pancakes solve everything.

Hiding Out at the Pancake Palace by Nan Marino. Roaring Brook, 2013, 272 pages.


The Lucy Variations: Review Haiku

A cautionary tale
for tiger moms; a
love letter to music.

The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr. Little Brown, 2013, 320 pages.


Rapture Practice: Review Haiku

Classic tale of P.K.
Gone Bad, with added pressure
of coming out.

Rapture Practice by Aaron Hartzler. Little Brown, 2013, 400 pages.


Golden: Review Haiku

Overcomes "yeah, right"
setup to tackle richer themes
of loss, regret.

Golden by Jessi Kirby. S&S, 2013, 288 pages.


Time Flies: Review Haiku

Just the thing to read
right before my 20th
high school reunion*!

Time Flies by Claire Cook. Touchstone, 2013, 320 pages.

*It's tomorrow night, serious. GO ROCKS!


The Shade of the Moon: Review Haiku

Desperate times, desperate
people; yet somehow, they still
find a shred of hope.

The Shade of the Moon by Susan Beth Pfeffer. HMH, 2013, 304 pages.


Counting by 7s: Review Haiku

Overlong but never
boring: endearing weirdo
finds her people.

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan. Dial, 2013, 384 pages.


P.S. Be Eleven: Review Haiku

Turmoil within and
without, but Delphine stays grounded.
Surely she does.

P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia. Amistad, 2013, 288 pages.


Kelsey Green, Reading Queen: Review Haiku

A reading contestmeans Kelsey must choose: read for love,
or read to win?

Kelsey Green, Reading Queen by Claudia Mills. FSG, 2013, 128 pages.


Period 8: Review Haiku

Starts slowly, then turns
mysterious, then HOLY

Period 8 by Chris Crutcher. Greenwillow, 2013, 288 pages.


Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong: Review Haiku

Robotics geeks and
evil cheerleaders team up
for mutual gain.

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks. First Second, 2013, 280 pages.