A compelling if derivative supernatural teen romance.

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PHOENIX ANGEL

SHARDWELL SERIES BOOK 1

In a young-adult paranormal romance, four teenagers develop strange powers—and the reason why is more incredible than they could possibly imagine.

This debut from sisters Gerry and Hall begins with Maggie Brooks and Lily Ivers, best friends since they were babies. Lily is popular and outgoing, but a high school romance gone seriously awry has turned Maggie into a cynical loner. The arrival of Kyle Spencer changes things: When Kyle and Maggie first lock eyes, they feel their worlds turn upside down. For Maggie, it isn’t a pleasant feeling. On top of her conflicted feelings for Kyle, she starts to read and even manipulate people’s thoughts. Kyle, for his part, develops superhuman strength. Lily at first resigns herself to being a good sidekick, mediating between her two hot-headed friends and acting happy with her normal-as-apple-pie boyfriend, Mark Weston. But when a band of werewolves attacks the girls one winter night, Lily’s powers of magical healing emerge. Then Carter Drake shows up in town. He’s a ne’er-do-well East Coast preppie who, after having been thrown out by his family, feels drawn to Idaho Falls, of all places. He quickly realizes what drew him there—Lily—but their romance is complicated by Kyle’s irrational hatred. Fighting with Kyle, however, brings out Carter’s secret power: an armor of light. Up to this point, the book is a standard if well-plotted story of high school angst with supernatural trappings; yet the final quarter veers in another direction altogether, as the foursome are beset by enemies from another world who reveal that the kids are each reborn participants in an as-yet-unclear dynastic feud. Twilight, it seems, has suddenly gone Game of Thrones. There are deaths, rebirths and betrayal. By the end, three of our heroes are on the road with Mark, fleeing an apocalyptic high school explosion the likes of which have not been seen since the 1999 Sunnydale High graduation in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The authors’ depiction of joy and cruelty in high school rings true, and the hints of a darker reality will leave readers with the best kind of cliff-hanger.

A compelling if derivative supernatural teen romance.

Pub Date: Jan. 21, 2012

ISBN: 978-0615589497

Page Count: 336

Publisher: Scribes of Shardwell, LLC

Review Posted Online: June 4, 2012

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The book is perfect for read-alouds, with occasional, often onomatopoeic Spanish words such as “quiquiriquí,” “tacatac” and...

WAITING FOR THE BIBLIOBURRO

Inspired by Colombian librarian Luis Soriano Bohórquez, Brown’s latest tells of a little girl whose wish comes true when a librarian and two book-laden burros visit her remote village.

Ana loves to read and spends all of her free time either reading alone or to her younger brother. She knows every word of the one book she owns. Although she uses her imagination to create fantastical bedtime tales for her brother, she really wants new books to read. Everything changes when a traveling librarian and his two donkeys, Alfa and Beto, arrive in the village. Besides loaning books to the children until his next visit, the unnamed man also reads them stories and teaches the younger children the alphabet. When Ana suggests that someone write a book about the traveling library, he encourages her to complete this task herself. After she reads her library books, Ana writes her own story for the librarian and gives it to him upon his reappearance—and he makes it part of his biblioburro collection. Parra’s colorful folk-style illustrations of acrylics on board bring Ana’s real and imaginary worlds to life. This is a child-centered complement to Jeanette Winter’s Biblioburro (2010), which focuses on Soriano.

The book is perfect for read-alouds, with occasional, often onomatopoeic Spanish words such as “quiquiriquí,” “tacatac” and “iii-aah” adding to the fun.   (author’s note, glossary of Spanish terms) (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: July 12, 2011

ISBN: 978-1-58246-353-7

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Tricycle

Review Posted Online: June 6, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2011

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CINDERELLA

This companion piece to the other fairy tales Marcia Brown has interpreted (see Puss In Boots, 1952, p. 548 and others) has the smoothness of a good translation and a unique charm to her feathery light pictures. The pictures have been done in sunset colors and the spreads on each page as they illustrate the story have the cumulative effect of soft cloud banks. Gentle.

Pub Date: June 15, 1954

ISBN: 0684126761

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Scribner

Review Posted Online: Oct. 26, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1954

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