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: Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
Book Reviews / September 11, 2004

I should have read this book 20 years ago. This story about a lonely boy, learning to live with his parents’ divorce, going to a new school where he has no friends, and making his first efforts as a writer, won the Newbery Medal in 1984--the year my parents split up. In lots of ways, it’s like reading the story of my life; but obviously it isn’t about me, and the poignancy of the story isn’t just in my head, or it wouldn’t have …

Book Review: Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis
Book Reviews / September 3, 2004

I know a Christian man--I am not sure I would call him a good Christian man, but I won’t deny that he is a sincere one--who raised his sons forbidding them to own or read books about magic, mythology, or science fiction. He was so strict about it that when one of his sons (who rather liked sci-fi and fantasy) went out of town for the summer, he raided the boy’s bedroom and threw out all his books. The same son later turned down …

Book Review: Green Boy by Susan Cooper
Book Reviews / September 3, 2004

Trey is very protective of his sensitive, mute little brother, Lou. They live with their grandparents on an outer island of the Bahamas, from which they often cross to an uninhabited isle to look at shells, birds, and fish. But now Long Pond Cay is threatened by powerful developers who want to build a hotel and casino on the spot and spoil all the beauty and life that is there.

Book Review: …and now Miguel by Joseph Krumgold
Book Reviews / September 3, 2004

This book is the winner of the 1954 Newbery medal which, along with Onion John, makes its author one of the few two-time winners of the American Library Association’s highest honor for children’s literature. Like many of its fellow medalists, this story is set in a culture that is different from most American readers. This probably has less to do with the hispanic background of its characters and more to do with the culture of s…

The Hitchhiker’s Guide and Dirk Gently Series by Douglas Adams
Book Reviews / August 4, 2004

It took me a long time to catch on to this series of cult favorites. The first time I was aware of it was when I knew a couple of weird guys in high school who treated these philosophical, sci-fi spoof novels as their religious scriptures. That kind of turned me off. Then I got hold of the books in college and had such a good time reading them, my roommate thought I was weird. I actually fell out of my chair laughing.

Book Review: Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde
Book Reviews / September 4, 2003

This second of the “Thursday Next” adventures that began with The Eyre Affair is exciting, funny and mentally engaging. A romp in an alternative-1985 England, where there are no airplanes and Germany did not lose in World War II; while on the other hand time travel, undead problems, and resequenced mammoths, dodos and Neanderthals are part of every-day life. Everyone is nuts about literature, a whole category of crimes has grown…