Book Review: Pretty Face by Mary Hogan

Pretty Face (2008) by Mary Hogan is a short teen fiction about Hayley, a teen who's self-conscious about her weight. Although people say she has a pretty face, being overweight in the vain land of Southern California isn't easy. Hayley’s family is also a little dysfunctional, with her overbearing mother constantly pressing Hayley to lose weight. … Continue reading Book Review: Pretty Face by Mary Hogan

Book Review: The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant

The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant is an historical fiction novel taking place in Florence, Italy in the late 1400s, at the close of the Florentine Renaissance. Our main character, fourteen-year-old Alessandra Cecchi, is the daughter of a well-to-do textile merchant. Alessandra is precocious, book-smart and well-read. She’s also a talented artist– staying up … Continue reading Book Review: The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant