In this sequel to her middle-school-age novel Isabel of the Whales (2006), Velmans flips the script and features a whale that turns into a boy.
Opening three years after the start of Isabel of the Whales, this new installment features Isabel having trouble adjusting to life back on land after her adventure as a humpback whale. School, boyfriends and family life don't interest her as they might another young teen, and she longs to return to the ocean. Then she gets a shock when a beached whale near her home turns out to be her friend Jessaloup. Read full book review >
A stunning first novel from Wang, a Chinese émigré to Holland, depicts a young girl's coming of age under the specter of Mao's Cultural Revolution.
When Lian Shui develops an unsightly rash, her mother Yunxiang, a university professor who's to be sent to a reeducation camp in the countryside to mend her "bourgeois intellectual" ways, begs to be allowed to stay in Beijing to care for her daughter. Read full book review >