Book Review: “A Psalm for Lost Girls” by Katie Bayerl
Book Reviews / March 14, 2017

Callie’s older sister, Tess, died a few months ago. Since then, she’s been fighting with her mom, skipping school, pulling pranks – anything to keep her from remembering that her best friend is gone. Of course, things are complicated by the fact that Tess was kind of a local celebrity – of the religious sort.

Book Review: “Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Unicorn Training” by Jackson Pearce and Maggie Stiefvater
Book Reviews / March 9, 2017

In the fun-packed sequel to “Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures”, Pip and Tomas must help get the scaredy-unicorn Regent Maximus ready to compete in the Triple Trident show. As if that wasn’t already hard enough, someone is sneaking into the show stables and cutting off the luxurious tails of Regent’s competition. Can Pip solve the mystery and keep her unicorn friend from panicking?

Book Review: “Velocity” by Chris Wooding
Book Reviews / March 5, 2017

This dystopian racing extravaganza is reminiscent of both “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “The Hunger Games”. Author Chris Wooding’s thrilling races and desert wastelands conjure the excitement of Mad Max’s best races, and the dangerously engineered tracks Cassica and Shiara must race will immediately bring to mind Katniss’s arena. Still, Velocity doesn’t quite live up to its (admittedly intimidating) precedents.

Book Review: “Frogkisser” by Garth Nix
Book Reviews / February 28, 2017

All Anya wants to do is sit in her library and read books about sorcery. Unfortunately, her wicked step-step-father Duke Reginald has turned her older sister’s true love, Denholm, into a frog, and Anya has sworn to change him back (even if only to get Morven to stop screaming). But before she’s able to complete her task, the royal dogs have sent Anya away on a Quest.

Graphic Novel Review: “Newsprints” by Ru Xu
Book Reviews / January 31, 2017

A war orphan, Blue disguises herself as a newspaper delivery boy to survive. Three years later, she’s one of the best newsies around, and her secret is still safe. But when Blue becomes apprenticed to an eccentric inventor, Jack, and befriends a mysterious boy named Crow, everything changed.