The dolly uses her sweet voice to tell the girl she loves her, but no one else does. She tells the girl she understands how she feels, but no one else does. Especially her brother. He hates her, doesn’t she know that? Hasn’t she always known that?
—Took, Mary Downing Hahn
Tell me if you’ve heard this one: a group of people—usually college students or people from the city or people with money—head to a rural area for ...
Sorry about the constant crushing surveillance and all that. But you’re supposed to be learning to rule the world, not plotting to take it over. That job is decidedly taken.
—Holy Utterances of Talis
Four hundred years ago, the tensions in our world—environmental and then political—reached a breaking point, and everything went to hell. Talis, an AI tasked by the UN to study and implement conflict abatement, did his job—by hacking into the global ...
The hymn echoes in my head while I ready our wagon to leave. I’ve never felt so far from God’s grace. I suppose I am a stranger walking on earth, but I’m no son of God. I’m no son at all.
—Walk on Earth a Stranger, Rae Carson
Sixteen-year-old Leah Westfall has grown up loving and beloved—life on a small mining claim in Georgia is hard, but she and her parents love each other more ...
I’m sure I’ve asked this before, and as I don’t think that I’ll ever come up with a satisfactory answer, I’m sure I’ll ask it again in the future: how many books constitute a trend?
Within the last year, I’ve encountered three books set during the Cold War that specifically deal with the Berlin Wall, with what life was like in divided Berlin. Three books in less than a year doesn’t quite make a trend, but what about a mini-trend ...
On the third Monday of seventh grade, in a fit of desperation, Bridge completes a homework assignment at the breakfast table. At that moment, her answer—in the requisite full sentence—to the question What is love? reads:
Love is when you like someone so much that you can’t just call it “like,” so you have to call it “love.”
And, at its heart, friendship is what Rebecca Stead’s Goodbye Stranger is about. It’s about healthy friendships and dysfunctional friendships ...
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 ...
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 ...
“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 ...