Self-professed super hero geek Evan Quick has wanted to be hero all his life. But when he starts developing powers shortly after his thirteenth birthday, and is sent an elite training academy, he discovers that nothing about the world of heroes and villains is as it seems. He'll need to learn to rely on new friends to make sense of it all. This adventure story has a real heart, and a terrific cast of characters. ~ Reviewed by Rachel Person
The currently-undefeated UFC Women's Champion has quite a story to tell already. Having barely survived a traumatic birth, Rousey didn't speak until she was well into her toddler years. Her mother was a world judo champion, and her hard-working father was her hero. After a tragic accident, her father suffers an incredibly degenerative back injury, eventually committing suicide. Finding strength and resolve after her loss, Ronda follows in her mother's footsteps. Rousey becomes obsessed with judo, and eventually a 2-time Olympian.
After successfully transferring to MMA, she single-handedly convinces the UFC to start a Women's division. Written with very candid insights into her personal life, each chapter is a small, intense vignette that propels the reader forward. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll
An extraordinary novel about middle school, love, and friendship. Set in New York City, Goodbye Stranger follows a group of seventh and ninth graders as they struggle to define love, fit in, and find their own voices at a new school. Relevant and full of humor and real drama; like Counting By Sevens, this one will stick with you. Not to be missed for kids ages 10-14! ~Reviewed by Aubrey Restifo
A slice of life and a moment in time told through the eyes of a goldfish falling from the roof of a 27 story apartment building. But it's not really about the fish. It's about the lives of the residents and visitors as they reveal their vulnerabilities and make connections in surprising ways. A delightful first novel. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - July 7th, 2015
This book is a hoot, explaining all the possible things that can go wrong if you bring an alligator to school. The very grumpy narrator apparently learned the hard way that this is NOT A GOOD IDEA! Perfect for preK's up to second graders who need some comic relief to settle their nerves. ~ Reviewed by Jennifer Armstrong