Rooting for Rafael Rosales by Kurtis Scaletta

Rooting for Rafael Rosales by Kurtis Scaletta

I loved this story with its dual parts: one about Rafael Rosales growing up in the Dominican Republic and the other about Maya living in the Twin cities caring about bees and native grasses. I loved how their lives were never supposed to intersect but then — they did, in an amazing, charming, challenging way! […]


Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson

Sisters Isabel and Ruth have been slaves their whole lives.  Miss. Mary Finch, their owner, has just passed away.  Miss. Finch  promised Isabel they would be freed upon her death and even made it legal with a lawyer. But now that lawyer is gone and Miss. Finch’s son, Robert, wants to make a few bucks […]


Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch

Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch

First in a series about Peter Grant, a mixed-race London constable who seems doomed to a life of low-stakes departmental paperwork…until he interviews a murder witness who just happens to be a ghost.  Before he knows it, he finds himself apprenticed to Scotland Yard’s resident wizard, learning magic, and mediating disputes between the city’s gods. […]


Tooth and Claw, by Jo Walton

Tooth and Claw, by Jo Walton

Walton takes the Victorian social novel to new levels by making dragons the main characters. Suddenly, all of the social conventions of the age are backed by biological necessities – the need to have gold for one’s hoard, the need to have a parent’s estate (that is, their body…) divided fairly so one can eat […]


Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

The person who recommended this to me told me I would sob my eyes out at the end. I wasn’t that much of a mess but it is a lovely, touching story with both a sad and a triumphant ending. Jack and his family live on a farm in Maine. They agree to foster a […]


A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

A delightful concept, wonderfully executed. Kell is a magician, one of the last with the power to jump between different versions of London, one of which exists in each different world. The three Londons we see (and the one we don’t) are all beautifully brought to life, as are the characters who inhabit them. Plus, […]


Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder (2017)

Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder (2017)

Fall into this timeless book and get caught up in the word of Orphan Island. It’s a place governed by rules and magic and nature. Idyllic. Until one of the nine kids decides to break the rules… Snyder treats world-building very differently than most fantasy authors. She does not share the background of the magic, […]


My Brother’s Husband by Gengoroh Tagame

My Brother’s Husband by Gengoroh Tagame

Anderson Cooper calls it “heartbreaking” and “quietly dazzling.” Alison Bechdel (Fun Home) calls it “delightful and heartwarming”. I can’t quite even put into words how good this book is. My Brother’s Husband Volume 1 has grabbed me as no other graphic novel has! It is a contemporary story from Japan by one of Japan’s great […]


Riding Chance by Christine Kendall

Riding Chance by Christine Kendall

Troy’s life has been a roller coaster lately.  His mom passed away and now it’s just Troy, his dad and grandma.  Things have changed so much and Troy has started to get into trouble with his best friend Foster.  When Foster and Troy are busted for their most recent incident they are given the option […]


The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Is it possible that Kimberly Brubaker Bradley could write a sequel to the The War that Saved My Life that would live up to the beloved Newbery Honor book? A resounding YES! The author concludes this story beautifully, resolving the issues of the first book in the first few chapters before entering into the terrible […]