[Review] The Okay Witch – Emma Steinkellner

(Emma Steinkellner, 2019) Sabrina the Teenage Witch meets Roller Girl in this hilarious, one-of-a-kind graphic novel about a half-witch who has just discovered the truth about herself, her family, and her town and is doing her best to survive middle school now that she knows everything! Magic is harder than it looks. Thirteen-year-old Moth Hush loves all things [...]

[ARC Review] More to the Story – Hena Khan

(Hena Khan, 2019) When Jameela Mirza is picked to be feature editor of her middle school newspaper, she’s one step closer to being an award-winning journalist like her late grandfather. The problem is her editor-in-chief keeps shooting down her article ideas. Jameela’s assigned to write about the new boy in school, who has a cool [...]

[Review] Sal & Gabi Break the Universe – Carlos Hernandez

(Carlos Hernandez, 2019) How did a raw chicken get inside Yasmany's locker? When Sal Vidon meets Gabi Real for the first time, it isn't under the best of circumstances. Sal is in the principal's office for the third time in three days, and it's still the first week of school. Gabi, student council president and [...]

[Review] Dragon Pearl -Yoon Ha Lee

(Yoon Ha Lee, 2019) To keep the family safe, Min’s mother insists that none of them use any fox-magic, such as Charm or shape-shifting. They must appear human at all times. Min feels hemmed in by the household rules and resents the endless chores, the cousins who crowd her, and the aunties who judge her. [...]

Storm Runner – J.C. Cervantes (ARC)

(JC Cervantes, 2018) Storm Runner is available now! It was released September 18th, 2018.   A contemporary adventure based on Maya mythology from Rick Riordan Presents! Booklist Starred Review: "Cervantes wastes no time getting right into the action, and her conversational tone and suspenseful pacing will keep the pages turning as the tension escalates and [...]

Aru Shah and the End of Time- Roshani Chokshi

Roshani Chokshi (2018) Twelve-year-old Aru Shah has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at school. While her classmates are jetting off to family vacations in exotic locales, she'll be spending her autumn break at home, in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, waiting for her mom to return [...]

Children’s Book Mini Reviews

Hey all! I have been trying to play catch-up since straying from my original reading plan (one children's book, followed by a YA book, followed by an adult, and then repeat) so instead of attempting to do full breakdowns of each of these books, I saw a bunch of other blogs that utilize the mini [...]

The War That Saved My Life- Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (2015) Nine-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada’s twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn’t waste a minute—she sneaks out to join him.   So begins a new [...]