Frank Portman (a.k.a. Dr. Frank) started writing in the early years of the 21st century. King Dork, his debut, was published in 2006. Inspired by The Mr. T Experience song ‘King Dork’, it may be no surprise that music is what gets Portman’s protagonists through the day.
BT14 – Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
In Revolution Jennifer Donnelly interlaces two worlds, centuries apart, in one gripping story, where troubled 21st-century Andi Alpers’ life touches that of Alexandrine Paradis, an actress living in Paris during the French Revolution.
BT19 – Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride
With Hold Me Closer, Necromancer Lish McBride has written a story that is both spine-chilling and filled with the sarcastic wit so characteristic of young adults. It slips you into a world of necromancers and wiccans, werewolves, gnomes and harbingers.
BT22 – In the Path of Falling Objects by Andrew Smith
In In the Path of Falling Objects Andrew Smith sets the heroic but terrifying road trip of 16-year-old Jonah and his younger brother Simon in the red and blistering-hot lands of the Southwest.
BT24 – Stick by Andrew Smith
With Stick Smith leaves us rattled again, for Stick’s world is a malicious and ugly one. Smith’ choice of words is uncompromising, his prose is direct and candid, and the story is often spine-chillingly rough, and yet he manages to let us, through Stick’s eyes, see beauty and love.