Hoarding is not collection development

Mary Kelly

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The Devil Made Me Do It!


If the Devil “made” you do it, you blew it!

If you remember, I resurrected an old title from 2009 and re-did the post. It’s your lucky day, I have yet another book from the same author.

I have included this lead off scenario about a kid robbing a McDonald’s and hanging around a bad crowd. This is what happens when you quit listening to your parents, quit going to church, and start doing drugs. I hope all of you are taking notes.




More Christian Advice:

Righteous Guide to being a Christian Teen

How to be a good church lady

Teenage Living

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Are You My Dad? – Friday Fiction


Following the Mystery Man

When I saw this cover art, I thought it had ALB potential based on the cover. It looked old and the creepy porn glasses on the guy gave me pause. Too bad, because the book isn’t too bad. It’s dated, but very readable.

Madigan Maloney is in a small town living with her grandmother. Madigan’s mother died a long time ago and she never met her father. However, a stranger comes to town and rents a room from her grandmother. He is initially somewhat charming and Madigan is convinced he is her long lost father. Of course there is a darker side and plenty of intrigue and danger as the story unfolds. Of course, nothing is what it seems.  I like this theme of identity and initial impressions. Put a contemporary cover on this book and it might go over well in this day and age.


More Fiction for the kids:

Friday Fiction – Prey 

The Girl Who Wanted a Boy

The Town is On Fire

The Legitimate Rape of Andrea

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Hilton Sisters: Now sanitized for your protection

Paris and Nicky Hilton
A View from the Paparazzi

What a lovely choice for your 4th grader’s biography reading assignment. I am sure parents everywhere would love for these “celebrity icons” to be role models for the kids.

This isn’t the first time we have featured a Hilton bio on our site. That particular title was very edited to leave out the details. (No wonder it was only a few pages long.) This biography is much more in depth, but still somewhat censored on some of the more salacious details. My favorite part is the vocab list in the back which has thoughtfully included definitions of pornography and schadenfreude.

In my local school district, 4th and 5th graders have an assignment to read a biography, dress in a costume, and then perform as that famous person. When I saw this, all I could think of is a kid dressing up like Paris while standing next to kids that are dressing as Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart, or Clara Barton.


More Juvenile Biographies

Lizzie McGuire Lives

Hammer Time

Keeping Up with Bruce Jenner

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