Husband-wife dynamic duo Leo and Diane Dillon are two of my favorite illustrators of all time. Their work has graced everything from the covers of famous novels like Garth Nix’s “Sabriel” and Isabel Allende’s “The House of the Spirits” to picture books by Virginia Hamilton and Margaret Wise Brown and more.
In “The Journey of Little Charlie”, Christopher Paul Curtis continues his perennially popular “Buxton Chronicles” with the story of Charlie Bobo, a young boy conscripted into slave catching after the death of his father.
In Leora’s society, the most important moments of a person’s life are tattooed upon their skin for everyone to see. When a person dies, their skin is tanned and turned into a book of their life – to be either treasured and passed down by their family members, or destroyed if the person is judged to have lived an immoral life.
Edan has always loved everything Team Tomorrow, especially Gargantua, the awesome heroine-turned-villain of the long-running comic franchise – but it’s not until the summer before her junior year of high school when she learns about the joys of attending comic conventions and cosplaying as your favorite characters.
Everyone in Aster’s family can do magic. The only thing keeping this from being really awesome is that boys are allowed to become only shapeshifters and girls are only allowed to become only witches – and Aster wants to be a witch.
“The Scarecrow Queen” is the eagerly awaited conclusion to Melinda Salisbury’s “Sin Eater’s Daughter” trilogy. In the series finisher, it’s do or die for protagonists Twylla and Errin. Either they find a way to destroy Aurek forever – or relinquish their world to his power.
Best friends Odo and Eleanor didn’t know what to expect when they saw a bit of metal glinting at the bottom of the river near their home, but they definitely didn’t expect an enchanting talking sword named Hildebrand Shining Foebiter – or for said sword to declare Odo a knight and Eleanor his squire.
Before you ask – yes, this is a novelization of that “Mean Girls”, the 2004 movie starring Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams. Homeschooled Cady Heron has a lot to cope with when she starts public high school for the first time. Foremost among her new problems: Regina George, the most popular girl in school and queen of “The Plastics.”
As a fan of Maggie Stiefvater’s “Raven Boys” and “Shiver” series, I was excited to read Stiefvater’s first YA book in a while that explores a world totally different from those two. And though “All the Crooked Saints” employs a number of recognizable Stiefvater touches – mainly a memorable magic system and a reverence for cars – she has managed to conjure a completely magical world that’s much different from any of her earlier works.
A doomed prison escape attempt gets Callum and his friends Tamara and Jasper imprisoned in Constantine Madden’s old fortress by those convinced that some part of Callum’s soul remembers how to be Constantine. He’s determined to escape – until he learns that there might be a chance to bring Aaron back.