Looking for a quick and beautiful read to melt your heart? The Prince and the Dressmaker is just that! This lusciously illustrated tale tells the story of a young prince who has felt the need to hide a part of his identity from the world, and the young seamstress whose designs inspire him to have the courage to embrace his full self, no matter what the cost. It explores what it means to be yourself, to step into your full identity, and to realize that love can power a world of change.
Leigh is certain her mother is a bird. While Leigh is finally kissing her best friend Axel, her mother dies by suicide. The night before the funeral, Leigh is visited by a giant red bird––her mother. So begins Leigh’s journey to Taiwan to uncover the secrets of her mother’s estranged family, and, most importantly, find the bird. Painted with bold, colorful strokes, this book is truly an astonishing surrealist portrait of grief, memory, and love.
Ten strangers are invited to stay on an island by the enigmatic U. N. Owen. Once there, they discover their host intends to make them face their pasts, with deadly consequences. This is the mystery to inspire all mysteries, with an impossible to guess ending (but I encourage you to try)! A summer 2018 Wild Rumpus book club pick.
Maya Aziz’s new maybe-boyfriend calls her a ‘responsible Indian girl,’ and she knows it’s true. But Maya has dreams for her future that her parents cannot imagine and may never approve, and she wonders whether being Muslim and Indian has to dictate her choices. Without sugarcoating, Samira Ahmed gives us an enormously appealing story of love, identity, and the difficult work of living life beyond stereotypes and expectations.
When thirteen-year-old Triss awakes to a menacing new reality after a mysterious accident, her perilous search for the truth will lead her to uncover terrifying secrets about her city, her family and herself. Set against the backdrop of the jazz clubs, silent cinemas and urban architecture of the Roaring Twenties, this historical fantasy is perfect for teens or advanced middle-grade readers looking for an unconventional spooky tale.
Giant Days follows three college-aged friends as they hazard their way through their first year of University in Sheffield, England. Esther, Daisy, and Susan attempt to reinvent themselves as they try their hardest to survive hallucinatory sickness, old crushes, and slimy frat boys. This is a great series for any teen who enjoys sharp dialogue and good dose of subtle weirdness.
This is the story of why Min and Ed broke up. As Min goes through the box of memories and mementos she’s kept from her recent break up with Ed she tells the story of why they could make it work. From the ticket stub of their first movie date to bottle caps and a box of matches, this book goes through all of the ups and downs of first loves, high school, and heartbreak. With beautiful illustrations by Maira Kalman this story is sure to enthrall anyone who has loved and lost before.
Fabiola’s mother is stuck--detained in New Jersey during their trip from Port-au-Prince. Fabiola is stuck, too--living with her aunt and cousins in Detroit, struggling to fit into their tight-knit family, and desperate to help her mother. In this heart-wrenching novel, Fabiola finds navigating her new American life while staying true to her Haitian self is more complicated than she ever could have imagined.
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)!