Book Review: “Dactyl Hill Squad” by Daniel José Older
Book Reviews / October 9, 2018

When New York’s Colored Orphan Asylum is destroyed in the Draft Riots of 1863, Magdalys Roca and her friends simultaneously lose their home and become targets of a nefarious slave-trading network that kidnaps free black people from the North and sells them into slavery in the South.

Book Review: “Small Spaces” by Katherine Arden
Book Reviews / September 25, 2018

One fateful October day, 11-year-old Ollie gets drawn into a captivating old book about the local Smoke Hollow Farm. But when Ollie’s class takes a field trip to the farm, she finds that the stories in her book are all too real – including ones about disappearing children.

Book Review: “The Storm Runner” by J.C. Cervantes
Book Reviews / September 18, 2018

Zane Obispo has always been a social outcast, and living in the New Mexican Desert with elderly neighbors didn’t help that situation. The best part of living in the desert was the dormant volcano that was practically in his backyard. Little does he know, deep in the center of the volcano is an ancient relic that is tied to Zane and the future of humanity.

Book Review: “Harbor Me” by Jacqueline Woodson
Book Reviews / September 16, 2018

Early in the school year, Haley’s teacher walks her six students to an empty classroom and tells them the hour is theirs, to talk to each other without an adult around. As the year unfolds, the group starts to trust one another – even with the hard things in their lives. Jacqueline Woodson’s latest novel is a breathtaking gem of a book that’s never been more needed.