Fans of "Avatar: The Last Airbender", rejoice: The vibrant world conjured in the beloved animated television series is now the focus of a series of YA novels. "The Rise of Kyoshi" is the first of these novels to be released as well as the first in a pair of stories to focus on Avatar Kyoshi, the legendary Earthbending Avatar.

"The Magicians: Alice’s Story", written by Lilah Sturges and illustrated by Pius Bak, is the first "Magicians" graphic novel from BOOM! Studios, and let me tell you – it’s good.

Johnny is a 12-year-old living in the Philippines with his American family during World War II when the Japanese Imperial Army sweeps into Manila. Separated from his father, Johnny and his mother are put into an internment camp at the University of Santo Tomás, along with all other non-Asians in the region.

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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.

Book Review: The Orange Fairy Book Editor Andrew Lang
Book Reviews / January 28, 2005

Mr. Lang’s prefaces to his twelve “fairy books of many colours” are often very informative, particularly about what makes fairy stories so important, and how to answer the objections of their critics. The preface to the Orange Fairy Book is no exception. Here Mr. Lang introduces 33 stories from a variety of cultures and traditions, admitting that some of the more “cruel and savage deeds” from the original stories had to be toned…

Book Review: Harry Potter and Philosophy: If Aristotle Ran Hogwarts by David Baggett & Shawn E. Klein
Book Reviews / November 20, 2004

Put on your thinking caps! It's time to go to Hogwarts (extension program for Muggles) and study philosophy. Now, don't give me that look. It's not as bad as it sounds--certainly not the way it's presented here. The authors of the sixteen essays in this cleverly edited book have used the magic of Hogwarts (and a lot of humor) to present a subject that makes many of us want to run away in fright (or pass out in boredom) actually …

Book Review: The Merchant of Death (Pendragon Book One) by D.J. MacHale
Book Reviews / November 20, 2004

Folks, I am without a doubt the doofus of the decade; for I bought only the first book of this series, to try it out and see if I would like it...and by the time I got around to reading it, I had so many other books (and so few dollars) lined up that buying the rest of the series was out of the question...and I can hardly wait to read them! In fact, I had a hard time concentrating at work today because I was so looking forward t…

Book Review: The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman
Book Reviews / November 17, 2004

The 1987 winner of the Newbery Medal is this quickly-read little book, set in an unnamed kingdom in an unspecified age when highwaymen were the objects of song and legend, when dancing bears and dog-and-rat pits were major forms of entertainment, and when spoiled little princes had whipping-boys to take their licks for them.

Book Review: A Sending of Dragons by Jane Yolen
Book Reviews / November 17, 2004

The third book in the Pit Dragon Trilogy finds young dragon-master Jakkin and his beloved Akki living desperate lives as refugees in the mountains, haunted by grief, pursued by searching choppers, and befriended by the five hatchlings of the late Heart's Blood.

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…