Book by book, the Russian Cossack soldiers chip away at the idea of being Lithuanian. Book by book, smugglers risk themselves to keep Lithuania alive. Audra is a brewing storm, a heroine ready to join the resistance to save her parents and her people from disappearing all together. This story highlights the power of knowledge and the unyielding resilience of a nation. Even if you aren't a fan of historical fiction, you will love this book!
These haunting short stories are guaranteed to keep you looking over your shoulder. The illustrations, stirring and mature, are sure to pull you into each tale as though it's happening to you at that very moment. A great gift for horror and scary stories fans.
— Lindsay A.
A thrilling, entertaining, laugh out loud adventure, and potentially scary warning of what future scientific research may lead to. Follow Cog and his cohorts as they search for their creator and purposes for being. This is a great story for all ages.
Beware! Once you slip into this book you won't want to leave until you're done! I surely didn't and was very glad it was a rainy day when I picked it up, because this story has everything I love: a cozy bookstore, a bit of a mystery, and a grand adventure. Pen and ink illustrations add to the charm of this tale of magical realism. And both Tilly and Oskar are well developed, likeable characters. A finely written, new found favorite for me!
Sharon Robinson, the daughter of the great Jackie Robinson, tells her honest, heartfelt story in this beautiful memoir that shows what it's like to fight hate with love. The year is 1963: Sharon turns 13, and the governor Of Alabama declares “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.” We learn about the Birmingham Children’s crusade, and what it means to be a teenager facing this kind of discrimination head on. This memoir reads like fiction and is a must have for school and home libraries.
A historical fiction novel for 8-10 year olds who love animals. Filigree is a tiny dog who wants to prove he can help with the Revolutionary War too. This is the start of a fun new series!
Set in a village of fairytale characters, meet the charming and resourceful Nobbin who must help Prince Charming without revealing his true identity. Perfect for young middle grade readers and graphic novel fans. Gorgeous illustrations throughout.
I felt like I was listening to a storyteller tell a wonderful fable that had been handed down through generations. At the same time, it speaks to leadership, courage, and kindness in a way that will make you cheer. This is a writer to savor! For fans of Grace Lin and Kelly Barnhill.
Attention “Frozen” fans! Welcome to a unique frozen world, with characters that are complicated and loyal, an engaging plot, and a perfect ending. A delightful winter story.
A gentle story for younger middle grade, about a dog who finds his forever-home. Colfer does take us through the abusive home where Dog is born, the even more abusive home he is bought for, and then abandoned from, and finally to the sweet boy who will take good care of him. The boy, however, soon finds out he can have a dog because his parents are getting divorced. Nothing horrific happens, and Colfer handles the issues gently but realistically. Sensitive and well done, using both the Dog’s and Boy’s perspectives.
Stacy McAnulty is a worrier; and so is her character, Eleanor, who becomes focused on The End of the World--WHICH COULD HAPPEN! I learned a lot about survivalists while also learning, with Eleanor, that maybe worries are less about what is really happening, and more about what happened in the past that you felt very UNPREPARED for. With her usual brilliant storytelling, McAnulty serves up another fantastic realistic fiction novel that will have you cheering.
Amara’s journey to New York City shows her she has so much to learn about her family and herself. Beautifully written, full of heart and humor, this novel reminds us that there’s always more to the story and there’s always time left to forgive.
A hilariously scary tale of a teenage orphan who just wants to have a family to call his own, and will go to any lengths to find them – even far, far away to another land. This story has everything – a power hungry Baron, tidy bandits, a fortune teller and two very, very brave teens. But beware, you may not want to read this on any night with a full moon!
Satchel Paige was probably the greatest pitcher that ever lived. This graphic novel pulls plenty of history, biography, and baseball together into a beautiful experience.
At first, I wasn’t sure if I liked Kallie—rigid, overly logical, and a little unimaginative. But Marina Cohen’s lyrical words kept tugging at my heart demanding that I keep reading, and suddenly I understood why Kallie was the way she was. That she had a story…just as all of us have a story, and I grew to care about Kallie and appreciate her transformation. A tale of magical realism that made me understand empathy on a whole new level. Add to that, there are two stories being told in this book that come together in the end.
I picked this book up and couldn’t put it down! The story was full of characters my heart was rooting for and felt compelled to know more about. Finding a home can mean different things for different people; and for 11-year-old December, who lived with many different foster care families, it wasn’t something she thought was even possible. Full of compassion, heart, and superb storytelling, this should definitely be on your summer reading list! Here is a writer I will look to read again!
Mimi is an amazing baker who, because she’s the youngest surrounded by three talented siblings, feels like she isn’t noticed by her family. But everything changes in a highly unusual way when she meets new friend Vik. This lighthearted story has all the right ingredients for a perfect summer read: baking, family, an introduction to Shakespeare, and a dash of magical realism. And I did try one of the two recipes at the end: Chocolate chunk thyme cookies with citrus zest…yum, it was scrumptious!
This perfect science fiction novel (NOT fantasy) is my favorite book this year. The aliens remind me of Galaxy Quest, and the sibling relationship between Mary and Albert is realistic and heartwarming. B. B. Ullman writes in a way that makes me think this could happen right now, in my backyard. Fans of Stranger Things or A Wrinkle in Time will devour this great summer read!
Nova’s frustration is caused by her inability to articulate what she knows. The only one who understood her was her sister Bridget, who promised she would return when the Challenger was launched. Discover how Nova adjusts to her new foster parents, a new school, and most of all how she learns to cope with “explosions” in her life. A middle grade book everyone should read.