A Beginner’s Guide to Japan: Observations and Provocations by Pico Iyer

A Beginner’s Guide to Japan is not really a travel book. Since the author, Pico Iyer, is a renowned travel writer, you could be forgiven for thinking it would be. Read more...

Posted by on October 18, 2019

I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

Libby died when she was fourteen.  Her mom fell asleep at the wheel and drove into a river, where they both drowned.  …Didn’t they?

Posted by on October 17, 2019

Penny and Her Doll by Kevin Henkes

When Penny receives a surprise gift in the mail from Gram, she is thrilled! The doll she finds inside is absolutely perfect and she falls in love with her immediately. Read more...

Posted by on October 5, 2019

Beauty and the Beak by Deborah Lee Rose

A terrific family read-aloud, Beauty and the Beak is more than a true animal tale - it's a story of science, and what can happen when dedicated people work together Read more...

Posted by on October 5, 2019

Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay by Randy Ribay

Jay Reguero had always felt a bit out of place. With a Filipino father and an American mother, there was always a part of him that struggled with his own Read more...

Posted by on October 5, 2019

How to Survive a Horror Movie: All the Skills to Dodge the Kills by Seth Grahame-Smith

Written in a serious but over-the-top tone, readers will visit classic horror film tropes and get more than a few laughs along the way.

Posted by on September 9, 2019

Mary, Who Wrote Frankenstein by Linda Bailey

Bailey captures Mary’s unique spirit as she answers the question, “How does a story begin?” The gothic-style illustrations that Sardà creates sets a wonderful tone for the story, without appearing Read more...

Posted by on September 5, 2019

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Malorie is overwhelmed. Having recently discovered she is pregnant, and with the father of her child disappearing from her life, she only has her sister, Shannon, to rely on. Malorie Read more...

Posted by on September 3, 2019

Where Reasons End by Yiyun Li

“One can and must live with loss and grief and sorrow and bereavement. Together they frame this life, as solid as the ceiling and the floor and the walls and Read more...

Posted by on August 30, 2019

Let’s Go, Ted! by Sophy Henn

Ted uses his imagination and a cardboard box to zip around in a race car, explore the oceans, and visit the moon - all before lunch. Whimsical details add depth Read more...

Posted by on August 28, 2019

The Devil’s Equinox by John Everson

Austin is relatable and his initial relationship with Regina seems genuine and warm. That fuzzy feeling will not last long, though, as Everson draws the unsuspecting reader in and turns Read more...

Posted by on August 25, 2019

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Humanity lives underground on an alien world, under threat of annihilation by a race called the Krell, who they know nothing about. Spensa is a seventeen year old girl with Read more...

Posted by on August 20, 2019

Middle-Earth: Journeys in Myth and Legend by Donato Giancola

Any fan of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, or art in general should flip through this book. The substantial size of the novel allows the reader Read more...

Posted by on July 2, 2019

Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly

Twelve-year-old Iris understands the loneliness and frustration that come from the inability to communicate. Not only is she the only deaf child in her school, but her own father is Read more...

Posted by on July 1, 2019

Johnny Mnemonic by Robert Longo

Johnny Mnemonic is a camp masterpiece, though it’s somewhat unclear if the makers were in on the joke. The year is 2021 and things are bad.  The opening text crawl Read more...

Posted by on June 22, 2019

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