The Fort: A Book Review

Three 12-year-old boys spend long summer days hanging out in a treehouse fort in the woods playing war games as boys do -- until they witness a kidnapping.

Bamboo People: A Book Review

Bamboo People offers an intimate peek into the Coming-of-Age experiences of two teenagers who experience the horrors of the civil war in Burma.

Dead End in Norvelt: A Book Review

The Coming-of-Age adventures of 12-year-old Jack  are sure to entertain you and you'll also enjoy the numerous interesting characters and community members that he encounters along the way.

I’ll Get There. It Better Be Worth the Trip

Published in 1969 and considered controversial in its day, this book is a Coming-of-Age novel that describes the horrid experiences of losing someone you love and then having to adjust to a completely new environment.

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King Dork: A Book Review

High School life -- with all its experiences and pitfalls.  A Coming-of-Age story that anyone 13 and older will love as much as I did.

Alex Ko: From Iowa to Broadway, My Billy Elliot Story — A Book Review

It wasn’t just a good idea for Alex Ko to write this book about his incredible journey to the Broadway stage; it was absolutely necessary for him to tell his story to the world.

A Fine Dark Line by Joe R. Lansdale

A Fine Dark Line by Joe R. Lansdale

The spirit of the 1950s -- its movies, music, comics and books --comes to life from the pages of A Fine Dark Line.

Neverland by Douglas Clegg

A Coming-of-Age novel told from a child's perspective, Neverland is filled with intriguing insights about the world that surrounds us.

The Turtle Boy

The Turtle Boy: A Book Review

What starts out as “endless months of mischief” during the long hot days of his summer vacation for eleven-year-old Timmy Quinn, turns into an experience filled with mysticism and chilling adventure.
The Tender Bar: A Book Review

The Tender Bar: A Book Review

This memoir of J.R. Moehringer is a prime example of an excellent Coming-of-Age novel and will provide hours of unforgettable reading experiences. Highly recommended!
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Coming Of Age Movies: Growing Up On Screen

To provide a readily available resource for fellow fans of this genre (who may be looking for an updated guide to films they'd like to view) and, secondly, to preserve the many reviews I've written over the years here on, I've written a new book: Coming Of Age Movies: Growing Up On Screen
The Boy who Dared

The Boy Who Dared

The Boy who Dared is a coming of age masterpiece - a powerful representation of what it must have been like to grow up in Nazi Germany. It's highly recommended to the readers of