American contemporary, Classics, friendship stories, middle grade, Mystery, Readalouds, Spectacular Illustrations

Middle Grade Monday: The Doldrums

I dare you to look through this book without a) gasping b) petting the cover and c) calling over your friends or colleagues so they can also gasp and pet the cover. Of course it is the untenable thing-the story-that counts, but when the package is this deluxe, it certainly doesn't hurt. Luckily Nicholas Gannon's… Continue reading Middle Grade Monday: The Doldrums

American contemporary, Poignant Coming-of-Age Story, YA

Manhattan and Macarons: The Summer Invitation Review

This lovely confection of a book feels a bit like a contemporary fairytale, or at the very least a glimpse at what Eloise's life might have been like as a teenager. Valentine (pronounced Valen-teen) and Franny are invited to spend the summer in their eccentric and wealthy aunt's Greenwich Village apartment with sculptress and chaperone-of-many-secrets,… Continue reading Manhattan and Macarons: The Summer Invitation Review

American contemporary, Cross over, Funny Books, Mystery, Personal Faves, YA

I Wanna Be a Bank St. Irregular: Kiki Strike & The Darkness Dwellers Review

I adore the Kiki Strike series. I still can't believe it's not bigger than it is. It is one of my missions in life to make The Irregulars a household name.One can only hope with all the spy and international intrigue "Bourne books" on the rise that people will get another chance to discover The… Continue reading I Wanna Be a Bank St. Irregular: Kiki Strike & The Darkness Dwellers Review

Cross over, Ghost story, Gothic, Historical Fiction, Magic, Mystery, Positive Gay Characters, YA

All That Jazz: The Diviners Review

I never know what to expect when I pick up a Libba Bray novel, other than YA genius. Where content or style is concerned, there is very little in common between the Gemma Doyle trilogy, Going Bovine, Beauty Queens, and The Diviners. Bray has the ability to slip between styles like no other YA author.… Continue reading All That Jazz: The Diviners Review

American contemporary, Good Books for Boys, middle grade, Mystery

Mass Appeal: Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life

I love Wendy Mass. Her books always combine a great concept with solid characters that readers really connect with. I could review any of her books enthusiastically, but since I re-read this one recently, and it fits under one¬†of my¬†favourite sub-categories of middle grade- MG novels set in NYC- I thought I'd focus on this… Continue reading Mass Appeal: Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life