There is an old saying that says that babies don't come with a manual – now they do, and it's in audio, so your hands are free!

The daily grind of pen and paper can feel stale. Greta Solomon’s latest book, Heart, Sass & Soul, provides countless remedies for tired writers.

A huntress and an assassin race to find a magical artifact in Hafsah Faizal's debut novel, a story of adventure and discovery set in a quasi-Arabian world.

After a daring escape from New York City, Magdalys and her friends are headed south to search for her older brother, Montez, whom Magdalys hasn’t seen since he left to fight for the Union Army.

Izzy, a devoted gamer, gets more than she bargains for when she's transported into the world of her newest video game, Dungeon City. Pretty soon she's spending all of her time in the game – which means falling asleep in school, ghosting her friends, and getting herself into much more trouble than she expected.

Hey, Kiddo, by Jarret J. Krosoczka, is a graphic memoir about Krosoczka’s life. The memoir is subtitled How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt with Family Addiction, which sums up the book pretty nicely.

Scarlet is used to hanging out with her foster brother and ditching her therapy sessions. She is in for a surprise when she travels through a magical door and ends up in Avalon, home of the Fayes, where answers about her parents and who she really is are waiting.

After learning that the 5 Worlds beacons must be lit in a specific order to unlock their powers, Oona, An Tzu, and Jax Amboy are headed to Moon Yatta to light the red beacon – but the conditions there are even worse than our heroes feared.

This book presents a realistic insight into PTSD, prejudice, and the dangers of going viral on the internet.

In Rockport Publishers' Classics Reimagined edition of The Time Machine, artists Ale + Ale enhance the text with new life through their surreal steampunk illustrations.

Book Review: Dragon’s Blood by Jane Yolen
Book Reviews / November 17, 2004

This is the first novel in the Pit Dragon Trilogy that continues with Heart's Blood. The author has also written a Young Merlin Trilogy and a Tartan Magic trilogy, as well as a Starscape book entitled Briar Rose.

Book Review: Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Book Reviews / November 17, 2004

Ms. Levine's first children's novel is this 1997 Newbery Honor Book, which has recently been made into a movie. (Robbie's note: Whoops. Don't go to see the movie after all. It really stinks.) And in a way, it's nothing new. It's another version of the classic Cinderella tale, which has been made into countless movies (like Ever After), books (like Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister) and even operas (La Cenerentola by Rossini). Bu…

Book Review: The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
Book Reviews / November 17, 2004

Though this book won the 1985 Newbery Medal for excellence in children's literature, it is a rather grown-up book. I suppose that proves that a book doesn't have to be about children, or even necessarily written for children, to be enjoyed by young readers.

Book Review: The Cockatrice Boys by Joan Aiken
Book Reviews / November 10, 2004

From the Wolves series, featuring Dido Twite, I had already come to regard Joan Aiken as a wonderful writer with a flair for colloquial British speech, humor, adventure, and the clash of titanic forces of good and evil. From Diana Wynne Jones' Deep Secret I had come to regard the Starscape series (penned by a variety of authors) as being possibly the best-kept secret in young-adult fiction. Both of these impressions are confirme…

Book Review: The Holy Bible by miscellaneous authors
Book Reviews / November 9, 2004

There are several good reasons not to include a review of "the Good Book" on the Book Trolley. First, MuggleNet does not sponsor any particular religion, and my views about the Bible are not necessarily the views of MuggleNet, its webmaster, its editors, or its devoted readers. I'm sure they have no intention of letting this site be used for religious propaganda. Second, it might seem beneath the dignity of the Bible, to those o…

Book Review: Sour Land by William H. Armstrong
Book Reviews / October 20, 2004

This is a companion book to Sounder, and in my opinion, an even more moving book. Perhaps its power lies in its personal, intimate nature. Unlike Sounder, this book is full of characters with lifelike names. It does not come across as a universal parable—though it may be that—but as a portrait of a handful of very specific, individual people. People who are bound together by loss and by love, by hard work and the enjoyment of st…

Book Review: Sounder by William H. Armstrong
Book Reviews / October 20, 2004

This is a still, gentle story about loss, waiting, and searching, set in the Southern U. S. around the turn of the 20th century. It mostly concerns a family circle--particularly the mother, father, and oldest boy--and their coon dog, Sounder. Touched by tragedy and racial injustice, it puts a high value on hope, on the love of nature, and on the love of words.

Book Review: Peter Pan and Wendy by J. M. Barrie
Book Reviews / October 20, 2004

Written in 1906 to benefit a London children's hospital, this classic has gone through such a wringer of stage, film, and animated adaptations, not to mention picture-book retellings, that reading or hearing the original text is now somewhat unusual; but not nearly as unusual as the story itself, which is by turns witty and bizarre and melancholy and gruesome, and always narrated in a uniquely teasing way.