Author Archives: g.r.del

About g.r.del

reading, writing and the rest. @storyvilled on twitter.

This Is Just A Test

Duelling grandmas, bar mitzvahs, trivia quiz teams and um, nuclear fallout shelters combine to unlikely but hilarious effect in this novel for middle-grade readers. 1983 and David, Da-Wei Horowitz is worried about his approaching bar mitzvah. His Chinese grandma Wai … Continue reading

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Saints and Misfits

Saints and Misfits is the tale of Janna, in her sophomore year at high school (roughly equivalent to Year 10 in the UK) and with a number of problems. One, her annoying big brother is on a year out of … Continue reading

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Midnight Without A Moon

This is an utterly beautiful book, gentle and lyrical, that deals with events that are horrifically ugly. 13 year old Rose Lee Carter is a black girl growing up in Mississippi in the 1950s under Jim Crow and as such, … Continue reading

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When Dimple Met Rishi

I have to admit, I was wrong about this book. Let me explain. I’m so not a romance fan. I hate the fact that books with Asian protagonists always have frigging arranged marriages. A book where the parents are trying … Continue reading

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Full Cicada Moon

I adore novels in verse and this gentle tale of Mimi, who is Japanese and African-American is set in 1969, the year of the Apollo moon landing. Mimi’s dad is a college professor and when he is transferred to Vermont, … Continue reading

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Piecing Me Together

Piecing Me Together is a lovely, delicately told examination of a black teenage girl from a deprived neighbourhood negotiating her way through a scholarship to private school  while keeping it real with the friends and family she doesn’t want to … Continue reading

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The First Rule of Punk

  BOTH my kids and I enjoyed reading The First Rule of Punk so much we decided to have a mini family book club about it. TFROP is the story of Maria Luisa (or Malu as she prefers) who moves … Continue reading

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