The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, September 19th, 2017 Beautifully written and absolutely engrossing, this is a brilliant and powerful story about surviving, and thriving, in the projects of Harlem. While it captures the precarious environment and risks that a young boy encounters, it also… Continue reading Stunning Middle Grade Debut
One of Us is Lying, Karen McManus, Delacorte, out May 30th An interesting YA book about manipulation. Five teens and one teacher are in detention when one boy dies and it’s quickly established that it’s murder. Everyone protests their innocence, but somebody killed him and everyone on that room has a secret that the victim… Continue reading Murder and Lies
See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng, Dial (Penguin), $16.99, on our shelves now I loved this! It’s funny (that dog!), it’s sad (Alex!), it’s compelling… I could list good things forever. Outstanding for everyone – ten years and up, all the way to adult. Alex Petroski, eleven years old (but thirteen… Continue reading Cosmic!
History of Wolves, Emily Fridlund, Grove/Atlantic, On our shelves now This is a powerful and harrowing coming-of-age story that shows the power of self-deception. Fourteen-year-old Linda and her parents are the last remaining members of a failed commune living on the banks of a remote lake in Northern Minnesota. Mocked by her peers and living… Continue reading Minnesota Dark
Idaho, Emily Ruskovich, Random House Very good adult literary. Told by several different voices, this is the story of a murder and a tragedy and their impact on an isolated Idaho family and the people around them. Ann, Wade’s second wife, is fascinated by the scant information she knows about Jenny, Wade’s first wife, and… Continue reading A Memory of Violence
The Strays by Emily Bitto, Twelve, January 2017 Recommended for lovers of literary novels. As a young girl, Lily, the only child of a quiet, upright couple in conservative 1930s Melbourne, befriends Eva Trentham, whose background as the middle daughter of a creative, sprawling family of artists could not be more different. Lily quickly grows… Continue reading The Art of Friendship
Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland, Putnam, $17.99 – on our shelves now This startling young adult romance totally grips the reader from the start – and it’s a devastatingly brilliant, darkly romantic read. There’s a line between being charmingly eccentric and genuinely eccentric and Grace Town is on the wrong side of that line.… Continue reading Can Love Heal the Broken?