With this slim chapter-book tale of a well-intentioned troublemaker, Annie Barrows (of Ivy and Bean fame) and illustrator Sam Ricks have hit a solid homerun.
In King Shaka, Zulu Legend, by Luke W. Molver, Shaka Zulu rises to the throne after wrestling a turbulent and oft-times violent kingdom from his brother.
“Beverly, Right Here is absolutely the sort of novel many teachers and librarians will be eager to press on children.”
“This is a graphic novel for people who don't like graphic novels, a sports book for readers who don't like sports books.
Open this graphic novel and the striking yellow and red illustrations will keep you turning the pages.
“Again, but Better is a fun idea. Who doesn’t like a love story with time travel and a chance to do things over again—and do them the right way?”
"In a small boat,
with a small hope,
in a rising wind,
on a rising sea."
“A Map of Days reveals Ransom Riggs at the peak of his powers, leaving loyal fans ravenous for more.”
“Louisiana’s Way Home is one of those books that touches your heart. . . . Brilliant!”
Open the cover on this one, and off you go to the races. Instant action, instant menace, instant character introductions in deft sketches that don’t hold things up for a second.
Avi’s story collection The Most Important Thing brings to life seven very real family situations and experiences that are quite common today.
If ever a story cried out to be conveyed as a graphic novel it’s this one.
“. . . not your typical young adult beach read.”
“bully.com is full of suspense with a surprise ending skillfully written to keep readers hanging on every word.”
“. . . inspiring both young and the old to find their way to the classics.”
“Ms. Warren’s crisp, energetic prose is enhanced with a multitude of photos, drawings, and paintings that reveal the Victorian age Dickens examines in his novels. . . .
“The Auslander is a powerful piece of young adult fiction that appeals just as comfortably to adult readers.”
“Its familiarity and comfort level are its greatest strengths. . . . [but] we can’t help wanting more.”
“The magic of this book is dazzling: an elixir for invisiblity, champagne bubbles for forgetting, and the surprising twist at the end.”
“Rex Riders is a deft blend of action, humor, and wall-to-wall adventure in a truly original setting. Reading it was nothing short of pure joy, . . .”
It takes a while for an author to find her place in the ever-expanding world of genres. This is especially true in the world of fiction for kids. E. E.
Robin Mckinley’s books are always amazing, and this one is no exception.
Fifteen-year old Lena loves the sea. More than anything, she wants to learn to surf, but her dad, who hasn’t gone into the water for many years, prohibits it.
In the sudden vast over-abundance of gloomy teen dramas in the wake of the Twilight phenomenon, it’s getting harder and harder to find one that takes an original swing at the genre.
“He’s pale as a bone and looks older than anyone I’ve ever seen. His skin is all weird. It’s thin and wrinkly, like tracing paper that was rolled into a ball and then smoothed out.