New month, new books! Here are the titles I’ve got my eye on:
See No Color, by Shannon Gibney
A debut novel about transracial adoption—written by an author who is a transracial adoptee—the complexity of family and identity, and, as you’ve no doubt gleaned from the cover, baseball. Also, secret letters, romance, and sisterhood. Starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly.
Seeing Off the Johns, by Rene S. Perez II
Historical fiction—1998 is historical!—set in a small Texas town ...
There are many ways in which the “check brain” light illuminates, but here’s the screwed-up part; the driver can’t see it. It’s like the light is positioned in the backseat cup holder, beneath an empty can of Dr Pepper that’s been there for a month. No one sees it but the passengers—and only if they’re really looking for it, or when the light gets so bright and so hot that it melts the can, and sets the whole car on ...
One should exude assurance, he said, even in the face of sure defeat.
17-year-old Samantha Donaldson—aspiring mathematician, runner for MI5*—is crushed when she misses out on winning the coveted Markel Cup, but it turns out to be a blessing in disguise. Ish. Her excellent-but-not-quite-excellent-enough performance gets the attention of a military bigwig, who offers her—despite her youth and inexperience—a place with La Dame Blanche, a secret agency of female spies.
Soon, Sam is ...
...to all the children of the
Caribbean (no matter your age).
See, you have fairy tales too.
The Jumbies is a middle-grade novel, which is geared a bit younger than what I usually cover here. I’ve given it a pass for a few reasons, but the most important one is this: I ...
As I wend my way down to Baltimore for KidLitCon 2015, I’m sending you on your own journey—across the solar system!
Sun: I’ll Give You the Sun, by Jandy Nelson
I covered this one last fall, but it’s such a joy of a read that it deserves another mention. Twins Noah and Jude alternate chapters—Noah in the past, and Jude in the present day—to tell the story of how they went from tighter-than-tight to entirely estranged. It’s a story that ...
Here is my new home, my place to begin clean, a place that is rotten and overheated and covered in filth. I’ve never heard of anybody slaughtering an animal inside their cabin before. It’s almost fitting, in a sense. I’m starting to believe that Hell is everywhere.
—Daughters Unto Devils, Amy Lukavics
As much as I love reading scary stories, it’s actually quite rare for a book to scare me so much that ...
It’s that time again—let’s take a look at some of October’s most exciting new releases!
The Devil and Winnie Flynn, by Micol Ostow and David Ostow
Newt's Emerald, by Garth Nix
These are the only two that I’ve already read. The Devil and Winnie Flynn is a multi-format horror story about family, grief, reality television, and the JERSEY DEVIL—it’s got a smart, funny narrative voice, great pacing and tension, and is fun, fun, fun.
Newt’s Emerald is a fantastical ...