Exactly twenty years ago, a television show called Sabrina the Teenage Witch debuted on ABC—a sweet, kitschy, fun show about a sixteen-year-old girl who discovers that she is half-mortal and half-witch, and all of the ties that come with that magical heritage. Like so many other millennials, I grew up with fond memories of Melissa Joan Hart’s interpretation of Sabrina Spellman, as she struggles to navigate a mortal world (and high school) as a teenage witch.
But Sabrina wasn’t just ...
She tore off running.
Out the door and down the path and through the meadow and into the field, past the pond and across the bridge and over the hill and up and up and up the tallest tree in all of Ferenwood. There she sat, heart bumping into bone, and decided she would not leave this tree until she died.Or until she got bored.Whichever came first.
“Heart bumping into bone.” ...
Meg Medina photographed by Steve Casanova.
Meg Medina’s YA novel Burn Baby Burn tells the story of Nora López, a Cuban-American 17-year-old living in Queens, New York, in 1977—a year that brought a brutally hot summer, a citywide blackout, and constant fear of the serial killer Son of Sam. In this environment, Nora and her single mother try their best to make the rent while her brother gets deeply involved with drugs and crime; at the same time, she finds a new romance with her co-worker ...
While I’ve traditionally covered young adult fiction in this space, this year, I’ve been finding myself reading—and covering—more and more middle-grade titles. See, for instance, my columns on Two Naomis, by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich and Audrey Vernick, The Seventh Wish, by Kate Messner, and It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel, by Firoozeh Dumas—all three of which I loved!
And I’ve not only been reading them and covering them, I’ve also actively been seeking them out. Here are some of the October titles ...
BOOK REPORT for When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
Play SetBFF Charm:
Third WheelSwoonworthy Scale:
LGTBQ Characters, Multicultural MagicAnti-Bonus Factor:
Happily Ever After
Cover Story: Play Set
This cover is cute, and features important elements of the story, but it looks so much like a set one might see in a high school or community theatre play. Not that those ...
This was my evolution
into rap elocution nonviolently battling persecution
putting misogynists in verbal correctional institutions
call my solution a female revolution
retribution in the form of rhyme electrocution
my underground contribution…
One day, out of the blue, twelve-year-old Rani Patel’s father came home and said to Rani and her mother, “I’m moving to Moloka’i. Come if you want.” He left the next day. Rani and her mother, by themselves ...
BOOK REPORT for Into White by Randi Pink
Cover Story: Mirror, Mirror
BFF Charm: Let Me Love You
Swoonworthy Scale: 4
Talky Talk: Real Talk
Bonus Factors: Dean Winchester Award for Cool Older Brotherhood, Keeping Up Appearances, Jesus Is Just Alright With Me
Relationship Status: An Affair to Remember
Cover Story: Mirror, Mirror
This is a cute illustration that probably sums up the plot in the best way possible—provided that you don't misconstrue the two versions of Toya as ...