Saving Baby Doe: Review Haiku

The dangers of
stereotypes; the power of
love. Bring a hankie.

Saving Baby Doe by Danette Vigilante. Putnam, 2014, 230 pages.


Return of Zita the Spacegirl: Review Haiku

My favorite space
pioneer girl gets a fitting
conclusion. Well done.

Return of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke. First Second, 2014, 240 pages.


Serafina's Promise: Review Haiku

More meaningful after
my church's mission trip.
Affecting and sweet.

Serafina's Promise by Ann E. Burg. Scholastic, 2013, 304 pages.


A Snicker of Magic: Review Haiku

Wanted to love this,
and did love parts, but felt like . . .
just . . . trying too hard.

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd. Scholastic, 2014, 320 pages.


Attachments: Review Haiku

Once you get over
Y2K as historical
fiction, it's swell.

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. Plume, 2012, 336 pages.


The Geography of You and Me: Review Haiku

Love in an elevator --
not really. But one heckuva

The Geography of You & Me by Jennifer E. Smith. Poppy, 2014, 352 pages.


To All the Boys I've Loved Before: Review Haiku

Make-him-jealous trope gets
complicated by
sisterhood, history.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han. S&S, 2014, 368 pages.


Greetings from the Graveyard: Review Haiku

When you care enough
to send the very best.
P.S. It's from a ghost.

Greetings from the Graveyard (43 Old Cemetery Road) by Kate Klise and M. Sarah Klise. HMH, 2014, 160 pages.


Fly Away: Review Haiku

The master of precision
pens another gem on
family, cows.

Fly Away by Patricia MacLachlan. McElderry/S&S, 2014, 128 pages.


The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: Review Haiku

Proof that books make
anyone a better person . . .

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. Workman, 2014, 272 pages.


Hole In My Life: Review Haiku

I know, I'm the last
one to read it -- and yes,
it's really that awesome.

Hole In My Life by Jack Gantos. FSG, 2004, 208 pages.


Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue: Review Haiku

Origami Yoda
turns Andrew Clements, sort of.
Their only hope!

Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue by Tom Angleberger. Amulet, 2014, 208 pages.


Grasshopper Jungle: Review Haiku

Profane, terrifying,
hilarious, and wise.

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith. Dutton, 2014, 432 pages.