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.

The memoir I Don’t Want to Be Crazy, by Samantha Schutz, is a harrowing true story that chronicles the struggles of a girl with anxiety disorder during one of the most pivotal stages of her life – college.

Book Review: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Book Reviews / January 8, 2006

Naturally, I have to recommend that you see the award-winning, classic film based on this book, starring the late Gregory Peck. As a movie buff it would go against my principles not to. But I also, wholeheartedly, recommend reading the 1960 novel by Harper Lee. It is an incredibly moving experience.

Book Review: The Borrowers by Mary Norton
Book Reviews / January 8, 2006

Mary Norton's original book begins with a little girl who spends time every afternoon working on a quilt with a very old widow who boards in her parents' house. The girl complains about how a crocheting needle disappeared off a bottom shelf overnight, and the old lady (Mrs. May) wonders whether this house has borrowers too. The girl becomes curious, so the old lady tells her a story that her little brother told her many years ago.

Book Review: The Dragon of Never-Was by Ann Downer
Book Reviews / December 18, 2005

Further to Hatching Magic, this book reunites a young wyvern (try to picture a catlike dragon) with a similarly young wizard. Vyrna (the wyvern) and Theodora (the wizard) have been separated by an ocean since the Events of Last Summer - when they put a stop to the plans of an evil wizard that involved time travel, demon possession, and the summoning of a Chinese dragon in the middle of present-day Boston, USA - but one gathers t…

Book Review: The Somebodies by N.E. Bode
Book Reviews / December 17, 2005

It has already been two books since Fern and Howard, switched at birth, have been switched back - but they remain "sort of" sister and brother, and grow more so as their third adventure progresses. It begins in school, where they are expelled after Fern turns her atrocious teacher's hair into a live (but tiny) pony. Howard's real parents, the Drudgers, step in with a court order to send both kids to a military school. So, in des…

Book Review: The Nobodies by N.E. Bode
Book Reviews / December 17, 2005

In this sequel to The Anybodies, Fern is eager to go to Camp Happy Sunshine Good Times, where she will be surrounded by other “anybody” children; that is, children who can hypnotize people and objects, shake things out of books, and shape-change. She wants to learn more about how to use her powers, and make friends with other kids like her. She also wants to spend time with her almost-sort-of-as-it-were brother George, who was s…

Book Review: The Anybodies by N.E. Bode
Book Reviews / December 17, 2005

For a quick-reference guide to some of the best children’s fantasy books, there’s no better place to go than a children’s fantasy book about children’s fantasy books. A recent, famous example is the Inkheart series by Cornelia Funke. Another example is this book, whose elusive author owes a lot to adult fiction writer Julianna Baggott.

Book Review: Once Upon A Curse by E. D. Baker
Book Reviews / December 17, 2005

Princess Emma is in love with a prince who wants to marry her. She is also the Green Witch, the most powerful witch in the kingdom. Her range of friends includes a talking dog, a bat named Li’l, and some dragons; and she even enjoys the company of a ghostly grandfather.

Book Review: Dragon’s Breath by E. D. Baker
Book Reviews / December 17, 2005

Emma is a princess, but she doesn’t act like one. At least, that’s what her mother says. Clumsy, tomboyish, and lacking certain social graces, Emma loses even more points by having a talent for magic and an interest in learning it from her Aunt Grassina, the “Green Witch” whose magic protects the kingdom. Plus, her chances of marrying a respectable prince will sink even lower when word gets around that she spent several days ALO…