I've been waiting since The Amber Spyglass was published in 2000 to go back to Lyra's world and The Book of Dust was worth the wait! The characters are well developed and the story is well plotted and fast moving. I could not put it down!
A retelling of Much Ado About Nothing set in a 1920's speakeasy? Yes, please! This book is smart, fast paced and utterly charming. McKelle George does a great job of keeping the heart of Shakespeare's play while making it her own.
This was one of the best depictions of anxiety or any mental health battle I've ever read. John Green portrays how a person can be tortured by their own mind in a way that was incredibly raw, honest and beautiful.
In this impossible to put down graphic novel, 11-year-old Imogene (Impy) is a Renaissance Faire Knight in training and is about to take on her biggest quest - middle schoole. But will she be able to conquer peer pressure? Or will the desire to fir in lead her astray?
Spinning takes readers on Tillie's journey of self-discovery - of opening her eyes to the world and accepting her own truth within. Thoughtful and engaging, this is so much more than a skating book but also so much more than a coming out story.
In 1945, a young girl gives birth to a child and puts him up for adoption. His adoptive parents provide well for him, but never accept him as their legitimate child. The story follows Cyril Avery every 7 years of his life and is by far one of the best books I've ever read.
Leia Birch has a weakness for superheroes - so much so, that one tequila soaked night leads to Batman sweeping her off her feet. But fuzzy memories are not the only thing Batman left her. Leia is pregnant, with a biracial child, and now she has to tell her traditional Southern family. But right as she gets up the nerve to tell her family, her step-sister's marriage implodes and her ninety-year-old grandmother gets caught up in scandal in her small Alabama town. Now Leia has to confront the truth about privilege - and the world she is bringing her baby into.
Not only is this book an awesome introduction to roller derby, it's also an empowering story about young girls trying to navigate a friendship when interests start to diverge. Twelve-year-old Astrid is deeply wounded when her best friend decides to sign up for ballet camp instead of roller derby camp, and their friendship (and Astrid's life) take a downward spiral as the girls spend their summer apart. Meanwhile, at derby camp, Astrid is not a natural skater or a star player and needs some reminding that it takes determination, hard work and, most importantly, being a team player to really excel. Perfect story of friendship, forgiveness and finding your own path.
Finally, a book where all the queer characters get a happy ending! This book has everything: thieves, highwaymen, pirates, alchemy, a kick-butt heroine, gorgeous boys AND it was also sassy, hilarious and fast moving! Monty is such an amazing flawed protagonist, who messes up again and again (and again!) but you root for him anyway. It's light, it's silly and you won't stop laughing from start to finish.
I read this book in one sitting, I could not put it down! Francesca Zappia does an AMAZING job of portraying teen depression and anxiety in a believable way. I loved it!
After the brutal murder of a young boy, the small town of Bradley, MA gets swept up in a modern day witch hunt. Two women, trying to make their relationship work, find their lives suddenly under scrutiny after they both get caught up in scandal.
This is not your average YA romance. Rather the central message revolves around accepting who you are an being proud of your identity. The worries that both Same and Miel feel about being different is something everyone can relate to.
This hilarious memoir from Felicia Day chronicles her ascent from awkward adolescent to well respected (but still awkward) Hollywood actress/YouTube sensation. Quirky and funny with a touch of feminism, this is a must read for anyone with a little bit of geek in them.
When Karenza, a small illegal mining operation on the edge of the galaxy, is attacked, sixteen-year-old Kady is just thankful she's not stuck on the same ship as her ex-boyfriend, Ezra. But when the onboard artificial intelligence goes rogue, computer wiz Kady has no choice but to team up with Ezra to save what's left of her people. Told through mission briefs, text messages and surveillance footage, this book is unlike anything you've ever read.
Fall of Giants, the first book in the Twentieth Century trilogy, follows five families through the major historical moments of the early part of the 20th century. With its larger than life characters, and accurately presented history, it is a perfect example of great historical fiction that you won't be able to put down.
Prepare to be hooked from the first pages. Defending Jacob is the best kind of thriller, subtle at first, but then you're along for the ride! More than an exciting courtroom drama, it combines the best elements of a legal and psychological thriller while also delving into the heart of a family.
When Special Agent Patrick Bowers is called to North Carolina to consult on the case of an area serial killer, he finds himself a pawn in a deadly game. Shrewd and lethal, the killer is always one step ahead of the law, and he's about to strike again. Thrilling, unnerving, and impossible to put down, The Pawn will hold suspense lovers in its grip until the very last page.
The students at Beldon High School are shocked when a high school freshman's body is found in Lake Algonquin. Just like everyone in the community, sixteen-year-old Daniel Byers believes that Emily Jackson's death was accidental. But at her funeral, when he has a vision of her rising out of her coffin, water pouring from her mouth, his world begins to rip apart at the seams.
Junior is a witty and smart budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. But when he realizes he will never be able to get far at his troubled school on the rez, he is determined to take his future into his own hands. Junior leaves his school to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
In this collection of journals, pictures and letters we get a glimpse into the life of Esther Grace Earl, the inspiration of John Green's Hazel Grace in The Fault In Our Stars.
For adults who love YA, I highly recommend this hilarious and poignant story of a girl who doesn't fit in -- and isn't sure if she wants to.
Grumpy Bear Bruce likes being on his own... and eggs. He really likes eggs. But when a hasty deal leads to his hard boiled eggs turning into goslings, Bruce suddenly isn't hungry. Worse still, he can't seem to shake those pesky goslings.