Clara Barton: Angel of the Battlefield by Ann Hood

When their parents go through a divorce, 12 year old twins Maisie and Felix Robbins are forced to move from NYC to Rhode Island, and their lives feel bleak. To Read more...

Posted by on November 14, 2017

Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson

While out skipping rocks on the water, fourth grader Phoebe happens upon a unicorn: Marigold Heavenly Nostrils. Grateful to be freed from the imprisonment of her own magnificence and spellbinding Read more...

Posted by on October 12, 2017

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Laia, a member of a prominent Scholar family, helps her grandparents earn a meager living until her brother Darin is caught and arrested as a traitor of the Empire. Not Read more...

Posted by on May 18, 2017

Sofia Martinez: Abuela’s Birthday by Jacqueline Jules

Abuela’s (Grandma’s) birthday is coming up and Sofia wants to make her a nice surprise for her big day: a piñata! With the help of her cousins, Sofia’s progress on Read more...

Posted by on March 23, 2017

Inspector Flytrap by Tom Angleberger

Desperate to make a big name for himself, Inspector Flytrap – an actual Venus flytrap – accompanied by his goat assistant, Nina, is on a mission to solve mysteries, but Read more...

Posted by on January 7, 2017

I Dissent by Debbie Levy

The story shines most when showing both girls and boys what it looks like to have strength, determination, and grace in the face of adversity: specifically, Ruth's moments in court. Read more...

Posted by on December 4, 2016

Gone Fishing by Tamera Will Wissinger

Sam is eager to set off with his dad on their big fishing trip, but his plans veer off course when his obnoxious little sister Lucy decides at the last Read more...

Posted by on November 10, 2016

School of the Dead by Avi

School of the Dead starts off strong with its gripping opener: “The first time Uncle Charlie came to live with us he was alive. The second time he came, he Read more...

Posted by on November 7, 2016

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne

19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts, Harry, now the Head of Magical Law Enforcement, is struggling to balance his heavy workload and family life, and his scar has mysteriously Read more...

Posted by on October 7, 2016

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

Princess Lia of Morrighan, tired of living a life ruled by tradition and duty, is pushed to her limits when her hand is offered in marriage to the prince of Read more...

Posted by on September 11, 2016

First & Then by Emma Mills

The story borrows from Pride and Prejudice, yet forges its own identity, straying from its source material enough to keep you guessing what will happen. An unexpectedly touching, thoroughly delightful Read more...

Posted by on September 11, 2016

The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow

Bow presents an intriguing concept but is unable to follow through with her characters, pacing, or focus. The writing is littered with unexplained technological terms and the staccato sentences take Read more...

Posted by on September 10, 2016

Shutter by Courtney Alameda

Masterfully crafted pacing helps build a sense of foreboding, and the richly layered background makes for a captivating story that manages to leave room for an anticipated sequel. Shutter is Read more...

Posted by on September 10, 2016

My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by Stephanie Perkins

Brought together by award-winning author Stephanie Perkins, this diverse and heart-warming collection of holiday stories is written by a veritable Who's Who of YA authors. Mostly realistic but occasionally fantastical, Read more...

Posted by on September 10, 2016

For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai’s Story by Rebecca Langston-George

Famous teen activist for children's and women's rights, Malala Yousafzai, didn't just fall into activism, she was thrust into it. In a show of defiance, Malala attended school in the Read more...

Posted by on September 10, 2016