RISE OF THE WORLD EATER

From the Frostheart series , Vol. 3

With the Devourer unleashed upon the world, Ash and the Frostheart crew voyage to lands unknown to halt the malevolent creature’s destruction.

As Cmdr. Stormbreaker leads the Pathfinders into fruitless war, the villainous Shaard, leader of the Wraiths, manages to free the Devourer, the corrupted Leviathan that steals the essence of everything around it. The Devourer quickly begins its rampage, leaving ruin and death in its wake as it makes its way to Aurora, the greatest Stronghold in the Snow Sea. Stormbreaker’s immense hatred for Leviathans fractures any hope of an alliance despite Ash’s protests, further stalling a much-needed reconciliation with her son. When Stormbreaker attempts to seize control of the Frostheart, Ash and the crew flee toward the Sacred Yeti Lands, where an Ancient Leviathan heart—a powerful last hope to defeat the Devourer—is rumored to be. Yet within the Yeti Lands await many truths about Ash’s faithful yeti guardian, Tobu, as well as revelations about the World Before, forever altering the path that stretches before the young Song Weaver. Tightly paced and skillfully woven, Littler’s conclusion to the Frostheart trilogy offers readers another memorable adventure from the first page, delving deeper into the rich lore of this fantastical world with great results. Above all, the continued emphasis on friendship, community, and love reverberates, bolstered by its charismatic cast of characters. The author’s lively artwork, meanwhile, remains a lovely visual companion to the text.

Utterly astounding. (Fantasy. 8-12)

Pub Date: Nov. 23, 2021

ISBN: 978-0-451-48140-5

Page Count: 512

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: Sept. 29, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2021

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Heartening and hopeful, a love letter to black male youth grasping the desires within them, absorbing the worlds around...

THE SEASON OF STYX MALONE

Cooler-than-cool newcomer Styx Malone takes the more-sheltered brothers Caleb and Bobby Gene on a mischievous, path-altering, summer adventure of a lifetime as they embrace the extraordinary possibilities beyond the everyday in rural Indiana.

Readers may think an adventure such as they’ll find here wouldn’t be possible in the present day; this story takes place outside, where nature, know-how, creativity, and curiosity rule. Creeks, dirt roads, buried treasures, and more make up the landscape in Sutton, Indiana. Younger brother Caleb narrates, letting readers know from the outset that he’s tired of his dad’s racially tinged determination that they be safely ordinary: “I don’t want to be ordinary. I want to be…the other thing.” With Styx Malone around, Caleb and Bobby Gene will sure figure out what that “other thing” can become. The three black adolescents are enchanted with the miracle of the Great Escalator Trade, the mythic one-thing-leads-to-another bartering scheme that just might get them farther from Sutton than they’ve ever dreamed. As they get deeper and deeper into cahoots with Styx, they begin to notice that Styx harbors some secret ambitions of his own, further twisting this grand summer journey. “How do you move through the world knowing that you’re special, when no one else can see it?” begs the soul of this novel.

Heartening and hopeful, a love letter to black male youth grasping the desires within them, absorbing the worlds around them, striving to be more otherwise than ordinary. Please share. (Fiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: Oct. 16, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5247-1595-3

Page Count: 304

Publisher: Wendy Lamb/Random

Review Posted Online: July 16, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 2018

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Telgemeier’s bold colors, superior visual storytelling, and unusual subject matter will keep readers emotionally engaged and...

GHOSTS

Catrina narrates the story of her mixed-race (Latino/white) family’s move from Southern California to Bahía de la Luna on the Northern California coast.

Dad has a new job, but it’s little sister Maya’s lungs that motivate the move: she has had cystic fibrosis since birth—a degenerative breathing condition. Despite her health, Maya loves adventure, even if her lungs suffer for it and even when Cat must follow to keep her safe. When Carlos, a tall, brown, and handsome teen Ghost Tour guide introduces the sisters to the Bahía ghosts—most of whom were Spanish-speaking Mexicans when alive—they fascinate Maya and she them, but the terrified Cat wants only to get herself and Maya back to safety. When the ghost adventure leads to Maya’s hospitalization, Cat blames both herself and Carlos, which makes seeing him at school difficult. As Cat awakens to the meaning of Halloween and Day of the Dead in this strange new home, she comes to understand the importance of the ghosts both to herself and to Maya. Telgemeier neatly balances enough issues that a lesser artist would split them into separate stories and delivers as much delight textually as visually. The backmatter includes snippets from Telgemeier’s sketchbook and a photo of her in Día makeup.

Telgemeier’s bold colors, superior visual storytelling, and unusual subject matter will keep readers emotionally engaged and unable to put down this compelling tale. (Graphic fiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 13, 2016

ISBN: 978-0-545-54061-2

Page Count: 256

Publisher: Scholastic

Review Posted Online: July 2, 2016

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2016

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