Somewhere between the YA ‘problem’ novels of the 1970s and the record breaking premiere of Harry Potter, publishers targeted tweens with a very specific kind of book. They were often short paperbacks with flashy covers and sometimes ridiculous plots. In Paperback Crush, author Gabrielle Moss has written a beautiful celebration and critique of these massivelyContinue reading “Paperback Crush by Gabrielle Moss”
Zoey doesn’t have a chance to worry about the normal woes of seventh grade, like homework and crushes. She’s too busy helping her family just scrape by, but with three other siblings, she’d have to be an octopus with eight tentacles to juggle every task. However, one of her teachers forces her to join theContinue reading “The Benefits of Being an Octopus by Ann Braden”
Impeachment remains the most serious constitutional weapon against the President of the United States. It is rarely seriously considered, and only three presidents have been placed in serious jeopardy of removal from office. In each case, they were spared, though usually politically wounded. Andrew Johnson’s Articles of Impeachment passed the House of Representatives only toContinue reading “Impeachment: An American History by Jeffrey A. Engel, Jon Meacham, Timothy Naftali, & Peter Baker”
June Harper loves reading, and she’s constantly grabbing book recommendations from her school librarian, Ms. Bradshaw. However, when her overprotective parents find a book they claim contains inappropriate content, they take drastic steps to curtain her reading. Not only is her personal collection confiscated, but Ms. Bradshaw is suspended, the school library is weeded forContinue reading “Property of the Rebel Librarian by Allison Varnes”
Lowen Grover is a comic book artist, but he hasn’t drawn much after his friend was murdered during a shooting at convenience store. His parents, wondering if leaving the city would allow him to heal, applies to buy a foreclosed home for $1 in the tiny town of Millville. However, they soon wonder if theContinue reading “The Dollar Kids by Jennifer Richard Jacobson & Ryan Andrews”
Louisa has a choice. In the past year, a driver struck and killed her grandson and her husband died by suicide. She can either resign to life on her farm with her temperamental cat and agreeable chickens or she can get a Plan. Louisa knows the driver who killed her Cody was drunk, even asContinue reading “The Testament of Harold’s Wife by Lynne Hugo”
Any major fan of Tim Burton might be familiar with Beetle House, a restaurant where it’s always Halloween. While taking inspiration from Burton’s work, proprietor Zach Neil has crafted a menu that always hints at the fall season, with fresh and generous ingredients. Here, these recipes are collected in a sleek tome with a beautifulContinue reading “The Nightmare Before Dinner by Zach Neil”
Kate Buckner lives and breathes Christmas, so it’s a good thing she lives in Miller’s Point Texas. Each year, the tiny town hosts a massive Dickensian Christmas festival, culminating in a town-wide recreation of A Christmas Carol. This year, though, there’s one problem. Clark Woodward, the new CEO of Woodward Enterprises, has no taste forContinue reading “The Christmas Company by Alys Murray”
The leaves are changing color, the days are getting shorter, and Halloween is creeping up. This is the time of year I get into ‘spooky book mode’. I put away all the bright summer reading and go straight for my stack of Halloween reads– atmospheric stories that put me in the holiday spirit.
Nicola is dreading the Christmas season, and encountering a group of carolers taking over Waterloo Station is about all she can take. However, after heckling the group of singers, she can’t get the handsome choir master, Dmitri, out of her head. As their paths continue to cross, traumatic pasts unfold while romance blossoms.