So after a few moments, the thin, twiggy creature from the rocks went carefully toward land. It stayed in the shallows extracting breath from the water, and it began to remember.
First it thought: There was a plan.
Then: There was a girl who had stopped it.
And last: There is always another way.
—Rise of the Jumbies, by Tracey Baptiste
Things have calmed down for Corinne La Mer after the events of The Jumbies, though ...
“What if . . . what if you don’t just have a squirrel tail and front teeth, and are pretty strong? What if you actually have the proportional strength, speed, and agility of a squirrel? So if a squirrel can leap five times the length of its own body, let’s say, then you should be able to leap five times the length of your body, which would be . . . thirty feet. Thirty feet, Doreen.”
“Nah, I can’t jump that far.”
“What if ...
I missed doing this round up last week due to a Perfect Storm of illness, Laptop Death, and a holiday weekend, but there are SO MANY books coming out this month that I can’t just skip it! Let’s dive right in:
There's Someone Inside Your House, by Stephanie Perkins
The Ravenous, by Amy Lukavics
Two horror novels to get us primed for October! Kirkus was pretty resoundingly ‘meh’ on the Perkins, and they haven’t covered the Lukavics, but I’m ...
He choked out his words in anger, emphasizing each one. “Fairy tales mean nothing to me. Stories have never saved anyone. Time moves forward, and you have to decide: Do you want it to move on without you? Think of the future of your kingdom. Think of Amrita’s future,” he said, and he pointed his hand at me, a gesture that made me shrink in my chair. “Right now, you have a choice. What happened to this Land of ...
This marks the very last week of my library’s Summer Reading Program, and I’ve been so busy working on all of the details—making lists of kids who’ve earned various merit badges, making lists of books to buy to celebrate said merit badges, printing out and personalizing a billion bookplates, etc—that reading has been ENTIRELY off the table.
That doesn’t mean that I don’t have a bunch ready and waiting, though!
Nicky Drayden’s The Prey of Gods is at the very ...
Every so often, I pick up two books in a row that parallel and complement one another so very well that it’s both delightful and startling. This past weekend, it was two books that, on the surface, don’t have a ton in common: one is a middle grade novel about a zine-writing twelve-year-old who’s struggling with being the New Kid in School; the other is a young adult verse novel about the seventeen-year-old son of a troubled rock star who ...
I don’t know. There’s more to say, of course, much more. Two years is a long time in a short life, especially when you’re in high school. But that’s not the Rose anybody wants to read about, is it? Tragedy is infinitely more interesting than bliss. That’s the allure of self-destruction. Or so I’ve found.
—When I Am Through With You, by Stephanie Kuehn
Ben Gibson, high school senior, started dating Rose Augustine when they were both sophomores:
Holy cow, there are a TON of exciting new releases due out in August!
Here are the ones I’m most looking forward to:
When I Am Through With You, by Stephanie Kuehn
Little & Lion, by Brandy Colbert
In Other Lands, by Sarah Rees Brennan
First things first: My auto-buys. I will buy and read anything by these authors—and the fact that all three books got Kirkus stars doesn’t hurt, either! The Kuehn is about a high school camping trip ...