As the July/August pick of Emma Watson's book club, Our Shared Shelf, "Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl" gives you a vivid look at the '90s riot grrrl scene in Carrie Brownstein's candid, witty voice.

Twenty-five years ago, planes dropped from the sky and ships ran aground, empty, signaling that Ireland was irretrievably cut off from the rest of the world. The Sídhe, ancient fairy folk, had vowed revenge upon the country that exiled them from their homes thousands of years ago. Their retribution is brutal: every adolescent will at some point be called to the Grey Land, where they’ll have to flee, fight, and hide for survival. For them, the ...

In the third installment of the "Magisterium" series, Call and his best friends, Tamara and Aaron, are back for another year of magical training. What’s more, they’re being celebrated as heroes for defeating Master Joseph and bringing the Assembly the head of the most evil wizard who’s ever lived. The only thing putting a damper on things is that someone seems to be trying to kill Call (again) and the terrible burden of keeping hidden the fact...

It may still be months until Season 4 of "Sherlock" airs, but luckily we don’t have to wait nearly as long for the latest escapades of another of our favorite detectives: R.F. Jackaby. The third installment of the series that has been widely hailed as a compelling combination of both "Doctor Who" and "Sherlock Holmes" has arrived, and it’s just as good (if not better) than the first two books.

The fifth book in Chris Colfer's magical #1 "New York Times" bestselling "Land of Stories" series takes you on "An Author’s Odyssey"! Fifteen-year-old Conner Bailey must venture into his own short stories to recruit help saving the fairy tale world and all who live there. With the aid of his twin sister, Alex, he encounters pirates, cyborgs, superheroes, and more. However, it’s a race against time, as the Masked Man and other dark forces are m...

The life of college junior Megan revolves around soccer, but her dreams of becoming a professional are threatened when her mother secretly registers her to be a Bluebonnet debutante - the most elite debut for young ladies in all of Texas. To avoid causing family strife, she attempts to conform to Bluebonnet’s exacting standards while finishing her soccer season. Being a part of both isn’t easy, especially when you throw in some catty colleague...

When 82-year-old Evie Snow dies peacefully in her sleep, she finds herself back at her former apartment building in her younger years and unable to reach her personal heaven. Upon discovering that her soul is too heavy to move on to the afterlife, Evie realizes she must unburden the secrets of her past life that have weighed her down for over 50 years.

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Tara Krishnan’s junior year of high school isn’t off to a great start: her best friend is spending the year studying abroad, meaning that Tara will be left alone to navigate the clique-filled halls of Brierly, where she’s never quite felt she fit in with her wealthy, mostly white classmates. To make things more interesting, NASA has just intercepted a message from outer space confirming that there’s life on other planets. In fact, the world so...

Best friends Kaz and Ruby should be in for the weekend of their lives - they’re off to the Remix music festival! Not only will they get to see their favorite band perform live, they’ll also have the chance to finally get over their respective exes and get some partying in before the summer’s over. Too bad both of their exes will also be at the festival…

Graham and his best friend, Roxy, are nerds. Uber nerds. Together, they obsess about "Harry Potter", video games, and comics - especially their favorite series, "The Althena Chronicles". When the reclusive creator of Althena announces that he’s appearing at New York Comic Con, Graham knows he and Roxy have to go - and that it’s the perfect place to tell her that he loves her.

Book Review: The Magic and the Healing by Nick O’Donohoe
Book Reviews / January 1, 2013

The author of this book was at a late-night party with colleagues of his wife - a veterinary student - when an emergency call came in. A bear cub had been hit by a car and needed immediate surgery. O'Donohoe tagged along as the vets, unable to look up the proper anaethesia for bear cubs because the library was closed, improvised on the principle "Let's pretend it's a big, fat, mean dog." Out of nowhere the idea struck O'Donohoe: If t...

Book Review: The King’s Fifth by Scott O’Dell
Book Reviews / January 1, 2013

Scott O'Dell (1898-1989) is widely, and justly, regarded as one of the USA's most important children's authors. Only the second American to win the international Hans Christian Andersen Award (a distinction he shares with only four other American authors and one illustrator), he won a 1961 Newbery Medal for Island of the Blue Dolphins and, in a fifty-five-year career, published over two dozen more young-adult novels, mostly historica...

Book Review: Measle and the Mallockee by Ian Ogilvy
Book Reviews / January 1, 2013

A couple years ago, I gave a pile of slightly-used books to the young children of some friends I was visiting over the New Year. Among them were the first two Measle books by Ian Ogilvy. During that holiday I even read portions of the first book aloud, complete with character voices.

Book Review: Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
Book Reviews / January 1, 2013

This 1961 Newbery Medal winner has come to be regarded as a classic of historical fiction for young readers, written by one of America's most honored children's authors. I remember seeing a film based on this book when I was a grade-schooler, and the feelings of heartbreak and loneliness that I associated with that film were still on target when I read the book at age 40. It's an amazing, inspiring, exciting story, rich in discoverie...

Book Review: The Silver Crown by Robert C. O’Brien
Book Reviews / January 1, 2013

The award-winning author of Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH wrote a book in the 1960s that is kind of a cross between a medieval fantasy and a Gothic horror novel, only it's set in the Eastern U.S. in the 1960s, and the race riots and social unrest of that era are an element in the horror. Frightening as it is, I remember my fourth-grade teacher reading it to my class, and it still chills me to the quick at the age of 30.

Book Review: Measle and the Dragodon by Ian Ogilvy
Book Reviews / January 1, 2013

Sometime British actor, and now American author, Ian Ogilvy continues to show his writing chops in this sequel to Measle and the Wrathmonk. Aimed at a slightly younger audience than the Harry Potter books, Ogilvy once again creates an atmosphere laced with equal parts goofiness and menace, and then turns loose his plucky little hero, Measle Stubbs.