This stunning take on the classic fairy tale envisions Snow White in Depression-Era New York City. The cinematic gray and sepia palette (with touches of red, of course), and spot-on details (the evil stepmother is a Ziegfeld chorus girl, Prince Charming is a hard-boiled detective) give the book a gritty, film noir feel. Snow’s relationship with the dwarves (here, seven homeless street kids) is utterly charming, and her happily-ever-after ending will warm your heart on a cold winter evening.
It’s a lonely job being the only cop on the moon. Everything is automated, the moon’s populace is moving back to Earth, and the donut kiosk has been out of order for too long. At least, with no crime on the moon, his crime solving rate is technically 100%. Tom Gauld paints a dry, poignant picture of isolation, boredom, and ultimately satisfaction in the idea of a job well done and finding one's niche.
I’ve heard that spider silk has the same tensile strength as kevlar. Whether or not that’s true, David Arnold has crafted a novel that spins the strongest web I’ve ever read between a band of ostensibly homeless kids and their current living situation. When Bruno flees home on impulse with his Father’s ashes in tow, he’s unprepared for the network of characters who are willing to help him complete a list of his Dad’s last wishes.This is a story about loyalty, betrayal, fierce love and fiercer loss. A murder, the foster system, the plight of refugees and the beauty of asymmetry make this my favorite novel of the fall. The spider silk that binds us to the family we have and the family we choose is stronger than kevlar.
When Daniel spots Natasha on a New York City street, it’s a meant-to-be moment. For him. It’s not a spoiler to tell you that this poet and scientist do eventually fall for each other, but the way their relationship unfolds—through a day’s worth of questions and conversations about race, family, immigration, deportation, career goals, hair care, karaoke and quantum physics—makes this a definitively contemporary, and yes, surprising, love story.
Ice-Out is a continuation of the stories of Owen Jensen and Sadie Rose who were teenagers in the 1920’s. Casanova's earlier book book, Frozen, was Sadie Rose’s story of her search for the truth about her mother’s untimely death and her own place in the world. Owen’s story, told here, is one of growing up in a world where the lines between rich and poor and right and wrong are often blurred. Their stories have roots along the border between Minnesota and Canada and are tales taken from true events and the history of early 20th century.
What would you do if you knew an inevitable event would cause you to forget everything? This is the question the inhabitants of Canaan must ask themselves, for every twelve years they go through the Forgetting. They wake up not knowing who or where they are, and can only gain answers through the diaries that each is expected to keep. Nadia is approaching her second Forgetting with the troubling secret that she is the only one who has never forgotten, and as she searches for an explanation and a way to prevent the Forgetting she must navigate deception, secrecy and an unexpected romance.
Charlotte is uprooted from her old life, broken up to leave her beloved childhood home and wishing tree. Just as her parents’ marriage is ending, this is a story of her first love. An honest portrait of a young woman learning to hear the beat of her own heart above all else. Readers too will feel as it breaks, races, and flutters.
This exciting conclusion to The Giver saga tells the story of Claire, a birthmother in her community who feels that something has been missing since her child was torn from her flesh. So begins this gripping tale of a mother’s journey to find her son.
Peasants and aristocrats, heretics and healers abound in this fantastic historical novel set in medieval Provence (now a part of France). At the center is Botille, a village matchmaker who finds a young woman near death at the side of the road. Dolssa is on the run from zealous inquisitors, and she's about to lead them to Botille's sleepy seaside village. This book is rich with fascinating details, danger, and romance.
Matteo Alacrán finds out he is a clone of El Patrón, the most powerful man in the country of Opium. Everyone thinks he is a monster – except for El Patrón. But it’s beginning to feel like he might have a sinister purpose for Matt… Can Matt escape the life that was planned for him? Or is he destined to turn out like the cruel El Patrón?
Literally allergic to the world, Madeline is surprisingly content living entirely within the white walls of her home. But when Olly moves in next door, Madeline realizes she wants more than a life of online classes and mother-daughter dinners. Inspired by her beloved books, Madeline breaks out of her bubble into the real, dangerous world. Though her medical condition is rare, Madeline’s need to find out who she is and what she wants for herself is universally normal, and her story is irresistible.
Part memoir, part fiction. Half imaginary, half real. Each of the wholly magical eight stories in David Almond’s collection is anchored by a true story from his childhood by the North Sea in English Tyneside, providing context for the tale it becomes. This is a unique look into one exceptional writer’s creative process. Taylor’s art casts a lightness over Almond’s nostalgic stories, inhabited by compelling creatures earthly and otherworldly. Storytelling at its best, all in a brilliant package.
Every fourteen years the island of Bliss transitions from Daylight to Nightfall, and the island’s inhabitants clean and rearrange their homes in meticulous fashion, pack up their belongings, and board ships headed for the sunny Desert Lands to await Daylight’s return fourteen years later. As twins Kana and Marin prepare for their first Nightfall, they find that the elders refuse to discuss what happens on their island during the long night. When the twins and their best friend are accidentally left behind, they discover horrors beyond their imagining, and must find a way to escape on their own. A great cold weather read filled with deliciously creepy characters and just the right amount of suspense!
‘Joseph wasn’t just a friend—I had his back and he had mine.’ So goes the story of a young boy with exceptional abilities, a lifetime of mistreatment, dislike for touch and meatloaf, along with a love for his new baby girl, Jupiter, beyond all limits. How is it that Jack, his foster brother, can make his way into Joseph’s damaged heart and elicit a smile (sort of)? And how can Jupiter possibly be a part of all this? Would you go to bat for Joseph? Schmidt’s sad story can actually leave you smiling (really)!
In a society in which every aspect of life is controlled, including gender and sexuality, and unity through conformity is strictly enforced, fifteen-yearold Kavali, a.k.a. Lizard, is an independent thinker. Abandoned as a baby and raised by nonconformist Sheila, Lizard is a “bender” who cannot be neatly categorized as ‘male’ or ‘female’. She is sent to CropCamp, where teens are prepared for adulthood, occupation, and compliance. For the first time Lizard has real friends, but her relationships are complicated, and she suspects that the camp director and the Gov are hiding dangerous secrets. Anyone who doesn’t feel comfortable with a binary system of classification will appreciate this dystopian sci-fi exploration of identity, free will, and diversity.
Kaz Brekker is the undisputed criminal mastermind of the Barrel, the most dangerous district in Ketterdam. His infamy reaches an upper class merchant, who has a job uniquely suited to Kaz’s skills and connections. This might sound like a familiar story: an impossible heist to be pulled off by a team of scoundrels and rogues. But in Leigh Bardugo’s intricately built world (modeled on Western Europe), the plot takes on thrilling new shades. Kaz and his team are equal parts reckless, romantic, and ruthless, as well as being quite funny. Their success guarantees a massive payout. Their failure means certain death, for them and thousands more.
Jade DeLuna has been diagnosed with Panic Disorder and she’s pretty sure she’s not going to die from the heart pounding and shortness of breath. Pretty sure. Jade has found that viewing elephants on a live zoo webcam helps her to relax. However during one of her viewings, she notices a young man carrying a baby. Jade is quickly drawn into a world of secrets and finds herself not only falling in love, but forced to make a difficult decision. Caletti has done it again!
Sixteen year old Garnet envies and admires the freedom of the birds. It's the 1920's, and Garnet's mother is sending her to Excelsior, Minnesota to learn how to become a refined lady before returning to Minneapolis to marry. But Garnet is unsure of the future set before her, and instead uses the opportunity to test out a new self--an independent self, who can love who she wishes to love, study what interests her, and strive to become more than her society assumes she will be.
This novel is revolutionary and profound in its exploration of finding one's true identity, in spite of heartbreaking push back and shame ingrained in societal structures. Luna follows siblings Regan and Liam's tumultuous relationship as they both seek to discover and embody their true selves, no matter what the cost.
When Evie O’Neill is sent to live with her uncle in New York City she never expects that she will be involved in helping to solve ritualistic murders. With spirits, cults, murder, and jazz, this story is fast paced and full of fascinating characters. Tag along with Evie through the streets of NYC as she tries to solve some of the creepiest murders the city has ever seen.
Naomi is many things: star tennis player, co-editor of the yearbook, daughter of divorced parents, girlfriend of Ace, best friend of Will. All of this is erased in a fall down some steps, leaving Naomi to piece together who she was, and after that, decide whether she even likes that person. Can she step into a new identity, or will her old life refuse to let her go?
"I write this sitting in the kitchen sink." So begins the diary of Cassandra Mortmain, a 17-year-old girl living in a crumbling castle with her eccentric family. Their lives are upended by the arrival of new landlords: two eligible--and American!--brothers. Sweetly romantic, and utterly charming, this is a wonderful read for the start of summer.