Stone Field by Chrissy Lenzi, Roaring Press, out now A re-imagining of Wuthering Heights for older teenagers. A young girl finds a strange young man in her family’s fields. She is white and he is Cree, but they are both a little wild and share a love of the forest.As the Civil War gears up… Continue reading Quick Reviews for All Ages – Out Now and Coming Soon!
The Reader, Traci Chee (first in series Sea of Ink and Gold), Putnam, coming in September 2016 This is a better-than-average fantasy, set in a world where nobody can read and only one book exists. When the book falls into teenage Sefia’s hands, it comes with death and mystery and the kidnap of her Aunt… Continue reading The Danger of Reading
The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko, Scott Stambach, St Martin’s Press, Aug 16 Startlingly original and heartfelt. Stunted on the outside, brilliant on the inside, 17-year-old Ivan, who was born severely deformed, has only known the miserable and restricted life of the Mazyr Hospital for Gravely Ill Children in Belarus. He is the master of… Continue reading A Glimpse into the Invisible
Clay Girl by Heather Tucker, ECW Press, October 2016 This is the story of Ari, a girl growing up in a dysfunctional, dangerous family in Canada in the 60s and 70s. Her mother is a drunk and an addict and her father abuses his wife and daughters, then kills himself in front of them. With… Continue reading Larry’s Galleys – Good Reads for Later this Year
The Man Who Saved Henry Morgan by Robert Hough, House of Anansi Press – on our shelves now A historical fiction on the grimy side of buccaneer adventure. I have not enjoyed a pirate adventure in decades, until I read this! Although fiction, the battles, major events and political maneuvers are all real In the 1660s, Henry Morgan was a ruthless privateer for… Continue reading Pirate Adventure for Adults
Sweet Lamb of Heaven by Lydia Millet, Norton – on our shelves now In some ways the perfect novel for this year of election! Anna is married to Ned, a businessman and aspiring politician who wants her to look perfect for the camera. But behind the scenes, he is cold and manipulative and has no real feeling for her or their six-year-old… Continue reading Psychological Thriller
My Holiday in North Korea: The Funniest/Worst Place on Earth by Wendy E. Simmons, Rosettabooks – on our shelves now This is the most unusual book about a visit to North Korea that I have ever read. It’s an extremely humorous book about trying to understand what is perhaps the world’s most horrible state. The author compares incidents from… Continue reading A Holiday with a Difference