Finding out you're a demon hunter destined to work with the Monkey King? Probably not going to help Genie Lo on her college applications.

In "Stranger Things: Runaway Max", a middle-grade novel, author Brenna Yovanoff gives readers a chance to get inside the head of Max Mayfield, the red-haired newcomer to Hawkins, Indiana.

"Forest of a Thousand Lanterns" follows a young peasant girl named Xifeng, said to be destined for greatness – but only if she lets herself be consumed by the dark power growing within her.

In "The Art of Mindful Reading", bibliotherapist Ella Berthoud shares tips for how to use our reading to practice mindfulness and meditation, including how to work reading into a busy schedule and get the most out of every book we read.

Lucas and Ignacio are both young seminary students when they fall in love – a love taboo in the Colombia of the 1990s, and especially so for young men expected to enter the Catholic priesthood.

Evan's visions from a past life could help him save the life of someone in his current life – but at what cost?

Fatima doesn’t remember life before her adopted family, especially not since almost the entire city of Noor was slaughtered by a chaotic djinn tribe, the Shayateen. When an act of violence awakens in Fatima her own djinn fire, she'll have to figure out how to save Noor from the Shayateen's return.

When Ben comes out to their parents as non-binary, they immediately kick them out of the house. With nowhere else to turn, Ben moves in with their estranged older sister and starts the second half of their senior year at a new school.

The Kingdom isn't necessarily the happiest place on Earth, especially for Ana, a robot princess programmed to make guests happy.

In Stepsister, author Jennifer Donnelly twists a fairy tale we think we know to focus not on the kind, beautiful Cinderella, but on her sister Isabelle – who cuts off her own toes to try and fill Cinderella’s dainty shoes.

Book Review: Shadow of a Bull by Maia Wojciechowska
Book Reviews / January 1, 2013

The 1965 Newbery Medal went to this very deserving book about a youngster in Spain who is being groomed to fight a bull. Everyone in the Andalusian town of Arcangel knows that Manolo will soon be ready to follow in the footsteps of his father: the late, great matador Juan Olivar.

Book Review: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Book Reviews / January 1, 2013

Between 1909 and 1939, Lucy Maud Montgomery wrote seven books about an imaginative, talkative, high-spirited heroine named Anne Shirley, beginning with this one. Set in the tiny years of the 20th century, in the tiny Canadian province of Prince Edward Island, on a farm near the (fictitious) tiny town of Avonlea, Anne of Green Gables is the most popular book in the series. In its first hundred years of existence, it has become fi…

Book Review: Young Men in Spats by P.G. Wodehouse
Book Reviews / January 1, 2013

With this collection of eleven short stories, the prolific English humorist who created Jeeves and Wooster proves that his style of adventures can be fun even without the ever-resourceful Jeeves. All of the stories feature upper-class chumps of the Bertie Wooster set, who are constantly getting caught in wacky situations involving girls, country mansions, daffy uncles, hard-nosed aunts, money troubles, mistaken identities, and v…

Book Review: Very Good, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
Book Reviews / January 1, 2013

This 1930 short-story collection, entirely devoted to the hilarious adventures of Bertie Wooster and his "private gentleman's gentleman" Jeeves, was the third book of its kind, according to the author's foreword, which names The Inimitable Jeeves and Carry On, Jeeves as its predecessors. The foreword also helpfully provides a script, both in English and in French, for how to ask your friendly neighborhood bookseller to sell you …

Book Review: Ukridge by P.G. Wodehouse
Book Reviews / January 1, 2013

This collection of ten short stories, also published under the title He Rather Enjoyed It, is devoted to the escapades of one Stanley Featherstonehaugh Ukridge, who also features in 13 other shorts (collected elsewhere) and the novel Love Among the Chickens. Because the stories in this book share a number of characters in common—besides the S.F.U. himself and his oft-exasperated biographer James "Corky" Corcoran—and thanks to ot…

Review: Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld
Book Reviews / January 1, 2013

In Book 2 of the Leviathan trilogy, an alternate-history version of World War I continues to play out between two great powers of Europe: the Clankers, whose war machines have advanced at an accelerated rate to include walking tanks and helicopter drones, as well as planes, submarines, and battleships; and the Darwinists, who have replaced mechanical technology with bio-engineered monstrosities such as the whale-sized, hydrogen-…

Book Review: Ring for Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
Book Reviews / January 1, 2013

This novel-length installment in the Jeeves-Wooster adventures is an odd duck in several ways. The first thing you notice is that it is narrated in the third person, rather than in the voice of playboy Bertie or his manservant Jeeves. Second, while Bertie is frequently mentioned, he doesn't appear in this story. Jeeves has been loaned to the former Bill Belfry, now styled the 9th Earl of Rowcester (pronounced just like "Roaster"…

Book Review: My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
Book Reviews / January 1, 2013

One of my fellow audio-book enthusiasts put me on the scent of the hilarious series collectively known as "Jeeves and Wooster." These are a series of novels and short stories poking satirical fun at an idle rich young Englishman named Bertie Wooster, whose valet Jeeves leads him around by the nose but makes it worthwhile by always knowing what to do in any awkward situation. These stories were published in book form starting in …

Book Review: Fablehaven: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary by Brandon Mull
Book Reviews / January 1, 2013

Book Four in the awesome Fablehaven series is -- do I need to say it? -- awesome. It begins with Kendra Sorenson being kidnapped by a magical creature whose nature is so fiendish, the thought of it could keep you awake all night. How can you trust anybody in a world with stingbulbs in it? A stingbulb is a rare fruit covered in venomous spines. Once it pricks you, it turns into an exact clone of you, including most of your memori…