As you may know, I am in love with Stranger Things. And the marketing department and writers of Random House are totally feeding my obsession. They have released a bunch of books that delve into the lives of all our favorite characters. Will Byer's Secret Files just might be my favorite. The book is set up like a Trapper Keeper, [...]
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Dynamic duo author Georgia Bragg and illustrator Kevin O'Malley are back with the third installment in their gruesomely fun history series. Caught! Nabbing History's Most Wanted contains fourteen of history's most infamous stories of scoundrels, cons, and troublemakers who were all eventually caught in the act. If you are already familiar with How They Croaked and How They Choked, you know [...]
Stop what you are doing and go put a hold on this book! Free Lunch is the best teen nonfiction book I have read this year. With heart and grit and hope, Rex Ogle has crafted an amazing tour de force in this memoir of his 6th grade year. As the title indicates, Rex receives "free lunch" at school. He [...]
My pick for this week is to give a shout out to Banned Books Week. Every year, the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) of the American Library Association compiles a list of the Top Ten Most Challenged Books in order to inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools. The ALA OIF tracked 347 challenges to library, school and university materials and [...]
Sometimes a book falls into your life at completely the right time. Reading Hope and Other Punchlines, particularly this week, has been emotional, at times bittersweet, and ultimately hopeful. Abbi Hope Goldstein was the focus of an iconic photograph taken outside the Twin Towers on 9/11 when she was just a year old. Clutching a red balloon and wearing a [...]
Are you ready for a seriously creepy read? Amelinda Bérubé's latest takes us on a dark and sinister journey to try to save a life. Skye has always been responsible for her puzzling, unusual sister. Deirdre prefers to live in fantasy worlds of her own creation, where she is Queen and Skye is her protector. After they move across the country, [...]
Aurora Rising: The acclaimed writing duo Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff have done it abut with the introductory volume in the Aurora Cycle: Aurora Rising. On the cusp of the draft in which star cadet Tyler Jones gets to assemble his Aurora Academy Squad, he gets lost in the Fold and rescues cryosleeping Auri from her vanquished starship. Tyler, having [...]
Lois Lane is one of the most unsung heroines in the DC Universe. She's best known as Superman's love interest, but even with her keen intelligence and journalistic talents, it takes FOREVER until she realizes there is anything unusual about Clark Kent! This is why I love Gwenda Bond's series dedicated to Ms. Lane. By reimagining her as an intrepid [...]
Callie's father is gone. What should have been a regular Tuesday turns into the day he disappeared without a trace. At first Callie is frozen with shock. It's inconceivable that he left them, but there are simply no other clues to follow. Days, then weeks, drag by and Callie and her mom circle each other in strange and distant orbits. When Callie [...]
Don't let the month pass you by without checking out The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude. This is one of the most twisted and creepy horror stories I have read in a long time! The "hillfolk" of Rowan's Glen are a superstitious and secretive clan. Outsiders mistrust them and nobody has ever forgotten the murder of Terra, the [...]