He Said, She Said by Kwame Alexander

He Said, She Said by Kwame Alexander

Kwame Alexander’s “He Said, She Said” is a hilarious and enlightening realistic fiction that blends social justice and high school romance. Omar “T-Diddy” Smalls is the star quarterback, a lady’s man, and is very unfamiliar with the word “NO.” In comes Claudia Clarke, a Harvard bound activist, investigative journalist and lover of the word NO […]


The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd

The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd

The Vast Fields of Ordinary is amazing because it manages to realistically portray teenage protagonists as flawed, daring, and honest people. This Stonewall award winner follows Dade in his last summer at home before college where his relationship with Pablo, a closeted football player, is problematic and where he meets someone who may turn it […]


Sunshine by Robin McKinley

Sunshine by Robin McKinley

A refreshing change from the usual vampire novels. This is a much darker and edgier version, and very well-written. But be forewarned: this book will leave you with a near-obsessive desire to get your hands on some fresh, homemade cinnamon rolls. Try to read in the vicinity of a bakery, if possible.


Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

Our Chemical Hearts is not a pukey romance. Everything isn’t wrapped up in a bow and it’s not all warm and fuzzy.  I think what really grabbed me about this book was the ending and its portrayal of love, contrasting the thought of being “in love” versus loving someone long term, and then loving someone […]


Girl Power Comics! Codename: Sailor V by Naoko Takeuchi

Girl Power Comics! Codename: Sailor V by Naoko Takeuchi

Minako is an everyday 13 year old middle school student when one day a talking cat named Artemis tells her about her about her magical power to transform into Sailor V and about her mission to protect Earth from the Dark Agency. A precursor to Sailor Moon, Codename Sailor V introduced the world to Naoko […]


Wonders of the Invisible World by Christopher Barzak

Wonders of the Invisible World by Christopher Barzak

“Aidan Lockwood feels like he’s been asleep, with each day as hazy and unremarkable as the one before it. When is former best friend, Jarrod, moves back to town suddenly the veil begins to lift. What Aiden discovers is that his life is haunted by the stories and magic of his family.” So, this book […]


The Reader by Traci Chee

The Reader by Traci Chee

It’s all about who has the power; the power of words, power of magic, power of story and power of free will. The many threads that make this tale weave in and out of the past, present and future which all exist simultaneously in The Book. Sefia flees with her aunt when her father is […]


Peas and Carrots by Tanita Davis

Peas and Carrots by Tanita Davis

Hope is a young girl from a middle class family whose mother loves to take in children who are without families. Hope’s mother has already fostered a young boy named Austin so of course when she discovers his sister is being bounced around from foster home to foster home she takes her in as well. […]


The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley

The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley

The first book in McKinley’s Damar series. Despite the dragon on the cover, this story subverts as many fantasy tropes as it upholds…the heroine’s chief weapon is hard work, not magic. Her horse is white because it is old and lame, and no one in her kingdom particularly appreciates her heroics. It’s a beautiful story […]


Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Judge this book by its cover, chilling and seductive. In a world where death and disease have been conquered, state-sanctioned Scythes harvest the living to keep the population in check. Citra and Rowan are reluctant apprentices who are thrust into the corrupt and competitive Scythedom where only one of them will survive.