Title: The Shell House

Author: Linda Newbery ISBN: 9780385750110 Pages: 352 Description: This book’s writing style is very florid and sentimental. I knew from the summary that it probably would be. I thought by biggest complaint would be the writing style, but to my disappointment, sentimentality is the least of what made me want to throw this book at a wall. Most of the …

The Sword of Mali Mani

Author: Anne Szabla ISBN: 9781616559304 Pages: 88 Description: Bird Boy follows the story of Bali, a 10 year-old boy, desperate to prove his worth to his Northern tribe, despite his small stature. Banned from the ceremony that would make him an adult in the eyes of his people, he takes matters into his own hands. To prove that he is …

Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher

Author: Bruce Coville ISBN: 9780671747824 Pages: 160 Description: If Howard Morton and Freddie the Frog Killer were trying to hold you down so that Mary Lou Hutton could kiss you, you might run as fast as Jeremy Thatcher did the day he stumbled into Mr. Elives’ Magic Shop. And if you stumbled into that strange shop, you, too, might be …

Birthmarked

Author: Caragh M. O'Brien ISBN: 9781596435698 Pages: 361 Description: In the future, in a world baked dry by the harsh sun, there are those who live inside the walled Enclave and those, like sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone, who live outside. Following in her mother’s footsteps Gaia has become a midwife, delivering babies in the world outside the wall and handing a …

Monster Stick & Other Appalachian Tall Tales

Author: Paul Lepp ISBN: 9780874835779 Pages: 160 Description: Brothers Paul and Bil Lepp have been winners of the Vandalia Festival Liars Contest 10 times between them, and they can truly spin a yarn. What is the Monster Stick? It’s Paul’s mythical nine-foot, surf casting fishing rod sporting 6 miles of 50 pound Stren carp cord, with which Paul has caught …

A Fall of Water

Author: Elizabeth Hunter ISBN: Pages: 420 Description: “No secret stays hidden forever.” Still grieving from their loss in the far East, Giovanni Vecchio and Beatrice De Novo discover that for them, all roads really do lead to Rome. But nothing is quite as it seems in the Eternal City. Joined by Carwyn and Tenzin, unexpected clashes greet them almost immediately, …

Red Hot Reunion

Author: Bella Andre ISBN: 9781416524182 Pages: 288 Description: The last time Jason saw Emma Holden, she crushed his heart. As college students, they were opposites in every way except for their thrilling, unpredictable passion. But deep down Emma was very proper, and in their senior year she blindsided Jason by dumping him for a wealthy jock and a dull, safe …

Doll Bones

Author: Holly Black ISBN: 9781416963981 Pages: 244 Description: Zach, Poppy and Alice have been friends for ever. They love playing with their action figure toys, imagining a magical world of adventure and heroism. But disaster strikes when, without warning, Zach’s father throws out all his toys, declaring he’s too old for them. Zach is furious, confused and embarrassed, deciding that …

By These Ten Bones

Author: Clare B. Dunkle ISBN: 9780805074963 Pages: 229 Description: There’s hidden places all over this land-old, old places. Places with a chain for them to chain up the wolf when it’s time. A bone-chilling tale of werewolves and love, set in medieval Scotland A mysterious young man has come to a small Highland town. His talent for wood carving soon …

Things We Couldn’t Say

Author: Diet Eman ISBN: 9780802847478 Pages: 400 Description: I decided to read a couple of first-hand accounts by women of their experiences during WW2 in different countries. Next up is the journal of Helene Berr, a young French woman. These though are the memoirs of Diet Eman, a young Dutch woman who worked for the Resistance in and around the …