The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

“I want to be beautiful” In Orleans, Belles are revered above all else, because the people of Orleans are born gray and only the Belles have the power to make them beautiful. Belles can change anything about a person’s physical appearance – from the color of their eyes to the shape of their bodies. Camellia […]


Hush by Eishes Chayil

Hush by Eishes Chayil

Please read this. Then pass it on. The subject is painful; everyone wants to hide from it, hide the knowledge of it from others. But children are being harmed and should be protected. Gittel, an eighteen year old girl, writes letters full of guilt to her dead friend, Devory, who killed herself when she was […]


African American Literature Discussion Group (AAL Book Club): “What We Lose”

African American Literature Discussion Group (AAL Book Club): “What We Lose”

  Zinzi Clemmons’ novel looks at the ongoing struggles faced by a fair-skinned African American women grappling with her mother’s death from breast cancer and her own trials of living inside a black skin and female psyche. Author, Zinzi Clemmons, is a 2017 National Book Foundation, 5 Under 35 honoree, whose work promises to leave […]



Inda, by Sherwood Smith

Inda, by Sherwood Smith

First in a series, this fast-paced and exciting book introduces a complex world filled with strong, unique characters. The plot itself is fairly simple: a young noble boy is sent to the martial academy, where he makes friends with the despised younger brother of the King’s heir – and then things spiral out of control. […]


The Unicorn Rescue Society #1 The Creature of the Pines

The Unicorn Rescue Society #1 The Creature of the Pines

Here is a fun series written for readers who’ve enjoyed Magic Tree House but are ready for a little more depth to their stories. Two kids in NJ find a magical creature (The Jersey Devil of myth and legend) while on a field trip to the Pine Barrens which leads to their induction into a […]


The Mad Wolf’s Daughter by Diane Magras

The Mad Wolf’s Daughter by Diane Magras

Compulsively readable adventure about the youngest of the Mad Wolf’s war band who must rescue her father and brother’s from the lord’s castle where they’ve been taken for rough justice. Complex, true to Scottish history (and magic), and full of great characters, this book is impossible to put down. Betsy Bird calls this book, “a […]


Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

Keiko is a part-time worker at a convenience store. She’s worked there since college. It is what she does and who she is. But everyone wants to “fix” her. They push her to get married or get a full-time job with greater responsibilities. She is an unusual woman which makes her family and friends uncomfortable. […]


The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya

The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya

Arturo’s summer started out like most summers, he got a summer job at his family’s restaurant, his best friends were around to hang out and his Abuela kept everything running smoothly. Then his mom’s god daughter, Carmen, and her father come to stay in their apartment building for the summer. Carmen, has grown up a […]


The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore

The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore

Quick–who invented the light bulb? Thomas Alva Edison, you say instantly, with a shrug that says, geez, every school kid knows that.  Or, maybe, if you really know your technology history, you say George Westinghouse. Then a few of you might throw out Nikola Tesla’s name (yes, the fellow for whom the electric car is […]