A Monster Calls is a beautiful, striking, tragic book that is suitable for all fans of good literature but perhaps most particularly for those who are grieving.
The Crimson Skew is a satisfying end to a smart, fun middle grade trilogy that should appeal to any reader with a love of sassy, resourceful heroines. Which is everyone. Right?
Love adventure novels? Then you definitely need to read Riverkeep, because it’s totally going to become a classic of the genre.
Sarah Dooley’s Free Verse is a complicated, challenging book that pushes readers to imagine the life of a child growing up in a rural mining community — without ladling on the misery porn.
Disclosure: This review is based upon a copy of the book provided by the publisher. No other consideration was offered. Juman Malouf’s The Trilogy of Two is a refreshingly comforting middle grade book — it’s fantastical, it’s creative, but it’s also very sweet and to a certain extent sort of delightfully innocent, completely with absolutely delightful illustrations. […]
Disclosure: This review is based upon a bound, finished copy provided by the publisher. No other consideration was offered. At first impression, Goodbye Stranger is a sweet contemporary middle grade novel about friendship, growing up, coming into your body, and becoming your own person. But that’s a superficial and dismissive assessment of this novel, which is actually […]
Disclosure: This review is based on a copy of the book provided by the publisher. I really loved The Glass Sentence, the first book in this series, and I must say from the start that I’m equally thrilled with The Golden Specific, for entirely different and excellent reasons. I do love a good series, as it allows for much […]
There are three things I love unabashedly and wholeheartedly: Cats, books, and trains. My love for cats is probably pretty obvious, and books might be fairly evident as well, but my love of trains isn’t as widely known. Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve loved trains. One of my first vaguely grownup books […]
I’ve been having some reminiscent thoughts lately about some of the favourite books of my childhood, the books I read because I wanted to see groups of friends having adventures and solving problems together, those that focused on friendship instead of romance, while still touching on the shifts that kids undergo as they age. I […]
I loved Wildwood, the first entry in the Wildwood Chronicles, so I was excited when Under Wildwood came out. I was expecting another entry in this visually and linguistically rich series, and I wasn’t disappointed, but I also wasn’t completely blown away by this book, which felt a little more…rushed than the first, and more […]