Children - Young Adult

Foul Is Fair: A Novel by Hannah Capin - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250239549
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Published: Wednesday Books - February 4th, 2020

Lady MacBeth is blazingly reimagined as a savage 16-year old SoCal girl. The St. Andrew's prep school boys messed with her, not knowing she'd return, regally, with nails like razors, blood on her lips, cruelty in her heart, and her coven always in the wings. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare

Dear Ally, How Do You Write a Book by Ally Carter - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781338212266
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Published: Scholastic Press - March 26th, 2019

This is the perfect book for aspiring novelists! Young writers will feel comforted reading that their favorite authors go through the same writing process struggles as they do! Drawing from her own hilarious experiences, Ally Carter shares creative writing tips from brainstorming basics to query letters. Similar to classics such as Blake Snyder's, "Save The Cat" and Syd Field's, "Screenplay," this is a colorful, comprehensive love letter to the creative process. ~ Reviewed by Mia Nassivera

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781481497619
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - June 4th, 2019

Elisabeth has been told all her life that sorcerers are evil and no good can come of magic. In a world in which grimoires come to life and librarians wield swords, in which demons make tea and misinformation threatens to topple cities, the time has come that she must decide for herself. Rogerson has flawlessly created a reading experience as magical as the world she has crafted. Though her gift for world-building is undeniable, her real talent lies in illuminating the subtleties of humanity. What would we do for love? What would we do to not be alone? The answer becomes resoundingly clear: anything. ~ Reviewed by Hanna Yost

The Bone Garden by Heather Kassner - Book Review

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By Heather Kassner, Matt Saunders (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250296894
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - August 6th, 2019

The young girl has crooked bones, white hair, and evidently no will of her own. Her job is gathering bone dust for her sinister creator. Among skeletons beneath the cemetery, she encounters horrors and signs of life, and a budding recognition that she may have an identity after all. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare

SLAY by Brittney Morris - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781534445420
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Published: Simon Pulse - September 24th, 2019

The exhilarating role-playing game SLAY is widely, and wildly, embraced by black gamers. But it's exclusionary. And its 17-year old developer, Emerald, keeps her secret from friends and family. A tragic event bursts SLAY open to a wider public, and the pressure builds for Emerald to reveal more than her online persona. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare

Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden - Book Review

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By Tillie Walden, Tillie Walden (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250207562
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Published: First Second - September 10th, 2019

This graphic novel for the 14 to adult crowd can only be likened to as if it was the set up to a plot of a classic Twilight Zone episode (with a few modern elements: the two main charters are lesbians and there is a modern plot point). There is much build up but then nothing happens until the end for traditional action. It is there we get the supernatural elements hitting and hitting hard! There are creepy shadow men. A cat that might be magic. And one trippy car chase that ends up who knows where! And even though Tillie Walden’s text and illustrations are surreal at times up to then, you have had a fairly normal story up until then: Girl runs away. Conveniently finds an older neighbor. And they are both what the other needed. It is when they find a stray cat that things go into the Fifth Dimension. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette


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