Lauren Wolk’s Beyond the Bright Sea is a beautiful read. And though its target audience is upper middle grade, it should appeal to YA readers and beyond.
Browsing: ages 10 & up
The Crystal Ribbon, set in medieval China, would be very hard to read if not for the magical elements author Celeste Lim has weaved throughout.
A Single Stone very much reminds me of Shannon Hale’s Princess Academy. Author Meg McKinlay’s quiet, but determined, prose evokes the same feel.
Tricked, by Jen Calonita, is the third book in the Fairy Tale Reform School series, and this time around, the third book is better than the second.
I’m not sure what I was expecting when I started Ronald L. Smith’s The Mesmerist, but it certainly wasn’t what I ended up reading.
The Cartographer’s Daughter is different in tone and storyline. It takes a while to get into. This, in part, comes with an opening that offers no context.
“I Am Drums” is a great choice for boys and girls. In it, Mike Grosso has created a strong contemporary voice you’ll want to revisit again and again.
In 2014, author Eleanor Glewwe released her first book, “Sparkers.” This winter, Eleanor returns that world with a new standalone novel, “Wildings.”
The first thing that attracted me to “The Friendship Experiment” was its cover. And its cover is perfectly inline with Erin Teagan’s story.
At first, I had a hard time getting into Jo Knowles “Still a Work in Progress.” I put it aside a few times before dedicating a half hour to it. I’m glad I did.