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 ...
I’m a fan of fairy tales in general, but The Twelve Dancing Princesses has always been in my top three, if not my number one favorite. I first experienced it through Shelley Duvall’s Faerie Tale Theatre—an adaptation that stars Lesley Ann Warren, Peter Weller, and Zelda Rubenstein!—though that version only features six princesses. It was only recently—after reading yet another novel-length reimagining of the story—that I realized why I love it so much.
I love it because even ...
We’ve all seen Evil Dead. Whether you believe in these things or not, it’s never the best idea to go around reading from the ancient journal you dug up in the cabin cellar. That’s just good common sense.
—The Devil and Winnie Flynn, by Micol Ostow, illustrated by David Ostow
Last week, I talked about The Dead House, a multi-format horror story that fits nicely into the found footage movie genre. Happily, this ...
In the early hours of 2 February 2005, a fire at Elmbridge High School in Somerset killed three and injured twenty. For two decades, little was revealed about the tragedy. However, rumors flooded the internet, linking “Kaitlyn” Johnson, “the girl of nowhere,” to the blaze. This was nothing more than wild speculation.
—The Dead House, Dawn Kurtagich
I’ve been on a bit of a horror kick lately—specifically, I’ve been watching lots and ...