Two years ago, I rounded up a few books set at summer camp. And now, in celebration of the release of Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, I’m revisiting that topic—because camp stories are always fun, and there are tons of new ones!
Proof of Forever, by Lexa Hillyer
The summer before they’re due to start college, a quartet of girls attend a camp reunion, enter a photo booth...and get catapulted back in time two years. Lessons ...
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the historic Voting Rights Act of 1965. Two brand-new picture books for children tell stories of the struggles African Americans faced in decades past with regard to their right to vote, one even closing with a note about today’s ongoing inequalities. The books take different approaches, but each humanizes the struggles by introducing us to characters we care about and root for.
Granddaddy’s Turn: A Journey to the Ballot Box, with the ...
--The hippogriffs...must die. So, how?
--Mmmm. Death by explosion.
--Okay, okay. Like, spontaneous combustion?
--Nah, dynamite. Let’s go old school, too. Like Chuck Jones, Wile E. Coyote hot dog dynamite.
--Niiiccce. In their butts?
--You made it up, sicko.
--I did not! I was going to say MOUTHS.
--All right then, butts AND mouths.
In the small, sleepy town of Litchfield, New Hampshire, the Rook family tries to make a fresh start. For 13-year-old Sailor Rook, a ...
Did you get to RWA last week? If so, what was your favorite part?
I got there late, but was able to pack in a lot while I was in New York. It was a lovely re-affirmation of all the great things the romance community offers—camaraderie, generosity, and amazing writers who know their business and their craft and are willing to share tips and experiences.
Oh, right, and great books!
So many options out now and in the next few ...
It’s almost August, and therefore—in Maine, anyway—it’s exactly the right time to hide inside in front of a fan with a book. Here’s what’s on deck for this month:
The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall, by Katie Alender
A History of Glitter and Blood, by Hannah Moskowitz
I’ve already covered both of these: Alender’s is a ghost story set in an abandoned mental asylum, while Moskowitz’s is a dark fantasy about war, love, prostitution, and writing. They’re both smart, both ...
Are you looking for a way to stay afloat in a seemingly never-ending sea of science-fiction, fantasy and horror book releases? Fear not, intrepid reader! Check out this month's latest roundup of must-read speculative titles, which includes a centuries-long war, parallel worlds, alternate history, extinction-level events, hackers, and what really happened in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: In a world of angels and ...
BOOK REPORT for Armada by Ernest Cline
Cover Story: Pew Pew Pew!
BFF Charm: Yay
Swoonworthy Scale: 3
Talky Talk: Space Crusaders
Bonus Factor: Mixtape
Relationship Status: Be My Wingman
Cover Story: Pew Pew Pew!
This cover is well-designed without pandering; it calls to mind ’80s video games without being too obvious. As you read, you find out that the design isn’t just cool and eye-catching, but actually involves specific details from the story.
“Where are you going?” Dad asked.
“To the car,” I said. “We can’t stay here.”
“Of course we can. Where else would we stay?”
I stared at him in blank disbelief. “Um...how about anywhere that isn’t an abandoned mental hospital?”
—The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall, Katie Alender
One of the many reasons that Katie Alender’s horror stories are so enjoyable is that she knows the conventions of the genre—and ...