So this was what Katie saw in them—they could be so helpful, and accommodating, and accepting. They even made sure I sat at the front with them during assembly, even though I wasn’t a prefect. Of course we would never be equals, but the more I hung around them, the more I realized how much I didn’t mind. They were like three big albino rats in a cage full of brown mice. You wanted to be close to the glorious ...
There are stories, of course. Tales of great queens who left the island to become great queens again on the mainland. Others tell of queens who live out the rest of their lives peacefully and quietly, with their consorts. But Arsinoe has never believed a word. In her mind, every last queen lies at the bottom of the sea, drowned by the Goddess the moment she was done with them.
—Three Dark Crowns, by Kendare Blake
Every generation on ...
Our Summer Reading Program is over, and our patrons are getting ready to head back to school in a few days—some have already started, even! So, of course, it’s time to take a look at what titles are headed our way in September.
There are, happily, a TON of new books due out. Here are a very few that are on my radar:
Pasadena, by Sherri L. Smith
The Women in the Walls, by Amy Lukavics
The Female of the ...
My friends, I have been miserably sick for over 36 hours now, and there’s no end in sight. As I see myself logging a lot of Bed Time in the near future, let’s take a look at some books that star characters who’re convalescing from one thing or another:
Shakespeare Bats Cleanup by Ron Koertge
When I think of convalescing, this is always the first book that comes to mind—possibly because my own personal Summer Of Mono memories are so ...
The books didn’t help me find a word for myself; my father refused to accept the weight of it. And so I made my own.
I am vengeance.
—The Female of the Species, by Mindy McGinnis
When Alex Craft was a freshman in high school, her older sister Anna was raped and murdered. For the last three years, Alex has hardly talked to anyone. At school, she flies under the radar—earning stellar grades, but avoiding all meaningful contact with ...
It’s been two years, and it doesn’t feel weird anymore having Dad live somewhere else, especially since somewhere else is only five blocks away. Sometimes we even run into him at the grocery store, and even though he and Momma don’t hug or anything, they are polite and not screaming and throwing eggs like I heard Meg Kelly’s parents do.
—Two Naomis, by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and Audrey Vernick
Ten-year-old Naomi Marie and her four-year-old sister, Brianna, primarily live with ...
Regardless, nobody wants to linger on the details when it’s easier to move forward as if they’re rumors instead of memories. That’s how it’s always been here, I guess. So ever since I found Walter dead, I’ve been acting as if nothing happened, even though on the inside I’m beginning to unravel, slowly, like a thread being pulled painstakingly from its spool.
Something isn’t right in this house.
—The Women in the Walls, by Amy Lukavics
Lucy Acosta lives ...
“I feel like a lamb being led to the slaughter.”
She laughed. “You’re funny.”
She nodded. “You remember that thing Lord Summerisle says at the end of The Wicker Man?”
Arman shook his head. He had no idea what she was talking about. “That’s a movie, right? I never saw it. What does he say?”
Kira grinned her Cheshire grin again. “Reverence the sacrifice.”
—The Smaller Evil, by Stephanie Kuehn
17-year-old Arman’s ...