It's been a long time since I have been so drawn in by a book! Two unlikely allies find themselves hunting down an old and powerful enemy, even as pieces of their lives they'd rather leave in the past reappear in the present . It's got everything I could ask for in a fantasy adventure--an incredibly imagined and representative world, compelling characters, a brilliant take on magic, and a fast paced plot.
Espionage! Blood feuds! Great representation of a wide variety of races, sexual orientations, and abilities! All set in the magically ever-burning lights of 18th century Paris! If you like historically-based fantasy set in a detailed, puzzle-filled world of aristocratic mystery, join the “acquisition” team from Hotel L’Eden as they use their diverse abilities (magical and otherwise) to topple the international Order of Babel.
This book is unflinching in its depictions of Evan Panos' family, and his awkward, lonely life at school. But Evan is a is a kid worth rooting for, and as he decides in his senior year to take a chance, his struggle to move beyond pain and open up to friends, love and his future, is an honest, heart-wrenching testament to human resilience.
Darius always feels inadequate, especially around his dad, with whom he experiences High Level Awkward Silences. Darius is a Fractional-Persian; his mother is Iranian and he calls his father an Audi-driving Teutonic Übermensch.
Darius fears he will feel even more out of place when his family visits Iran because he can’t speak Farsi, takes medication for his clinical depression, and knows more Hobbit social cues than Persian ones. But things begin to change when Darius befriends Sohrab, who makes even the longest silences comfortable. Hilarious,
heartbreaking, and honest, this book is the perfect companion for a cup of
How do goblin and elfin kingdoms begin to make peace after centuries of bloodshed and war? By catapulting an elf with a gift (inside a barrel) into the heart of the goblin capital, of course—just don’t tell anyone that he’s a spy. Clever text and sharp illustrations follow the adventures of Brangwain Spurge the elf and his
goblin host Werfel as they struggle with the truth of their shared history, how to unite a kingdom, and goblin table manners.
While hiding in a bomb shelter, Evelyn closed her eyes and wished she were anywhere but in a war zone. Her wish was granted, and the three Hapwell siblings were whisked away to a magical world, which became their home…for a while. After returning to their own world, Ev, Phillipa, and Jamie struggle to find a place for themselves in post-World War II Britain. Divided into two narratives, life in the Great Wood and life after the children’s return, this book mixes memory with reality as it investigates the costs of war and poses the question: what does it mean to be home?
When Bina flees family turmoil for the Manhattan boardinghouse her mother once called home, she discovers that the building and its tenants harbor sinister secrets involving a hidden grave, an ominous curfew, and an eerily watchful photograph over the mantle. In the heat of a New York City summer, Bina works to decipher the truths buried within the house’s walls and her mother’s past, only to learn that the darkest truth of all may be the one she’s keeping from herself. In her signature
lyrical style, Nova Ren Suma renders a haunting meditation on women’s
relationships with each other and themselves, one that will leave readers
untangling its many knots long after they turn the final page.
There just aren’t enough books featuring people with disabilities, so this anthology is noteworthy by design. More than noteworthy, however, it is a marvelous, wide-ranging collection, filled with characters who are intriguing, complex, emotional, and true. Told in the authentic voices of authors living with their own disabilities, these tales of friendship, love, struggle, and triumph will resonate with all teens. This is what representation looks like.
Sisterhood is alive and well in this actionpacked first installation of the feminist pirate trilogy you never knew you wanted. Caledonia Styx, the young captain of the all-female crew of the Mors Navis, must navigate the waters controlled by tyrant Aric Athair and his fleet of Bullet ships as she seeks to avenge the deaths of her family and protect her sisters of the sea. A thrilling adventure that will affirm your love for the women who surround you.
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.