Boy on the Edge

 

 

 

Fridrik Erlings Candlewick 219 pages

 

 

 

 

 

Questions, accusations and ridicule assaulted Henry constantly. To avoid stuttering, he stayed silent. Mocking, bullying, and beatings, day after day – he never felt safe. When Henry learned to fight back, it landed him in the Home of Lesser Brethren, […]

Caged Warrior

 

 

 

Alan Lawrence Sitomer Disney – Hyperion 216 pages

 

 

 

 

 

McCutcheon Daniels is a high school student. He’s also one of Detroit’s toughest mixed-martial arts fighters. Trained since birth by his father, “Demon”, who was disillusioned by a failed boxing career, M.D. has been told his entire […]

Running Out of Night

 

 

 

Sharon Lovejoy Delacorte 304 pages

 

 

 

 

 

When teaching about slavery, it is very difficult to try and emulate the horrific tragedies that people endured. Oftentimes, the perspective of those enslaved is overlooked and replaced with cold, distanced facts. In Lovejoy’s novel, she chose to embody Zenobia, […]

Frostborn

Throne & Bones, Book 1

 

 

 

Lou Anders Crown 320 pages

 

 

“There’s a good deal more to life than playing games.” Especially Thrones and Bones says the hauld Korlundr, twelve-year-old Karn’s father. But everyone knows that life in Norrønur revolves around three things: swinging swords, hurling insults, and playing a […]

Taking Flight

From War Orphan to Star Ballerina

 

 

 

 

Michaela DePrince with Elaine DePrince Alfred A. Knopf 249 pages

 

“From everyone who has been given much, much will be required” is a frequently quoted Scripture verse. What about for those who have had so much taken away from them? Twenty years […]

Catch a Falling Star

 

 

 

 

 

Kim Culbertson Scholastic Point 300 pages

 

Little, California is true to its name – small town USA and most like it that way. After Hollywood arrives to shoot a family film, amazing and unexpected things happen when the agent conjures a romance-for-hire between a realist and their […]

Blizzard

 

 

 

 

 

John Rocco Disney Hyperion unpaged

 

Snow, snow and more snow! There is nothing more exciting for children than school closing early. In a small town in 1978, they gleefully sat at home watching the drifts loom higher and higher until they reached so high that they couldn’t […]

Strongheart

 

 

 

 

The World’s First Movie Star Dog

 

Emily Arnold McCully Henry Holt unpaged

 

Hollywood movie director and animal trainer, Larry Trimble, and his wife, Jane Murfin, a screenwriter, had a vision – to make silent films starring a hero dog. In 1920, they met Etzel von Oeringen, a […]

Outside In

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Ellis Groundwood Books 206 p.

 

Which is the parent and which is the child? Lynn feels like a casualty of her mom Shakti’s new-age lifestyle. Why does Shakti have the freedom to express herself and the liberty to do whatever she wants when it is often at […]

Secrets of the Manor

 

 

 

 

Adele Whitby Simon Spotlight

 

 

Every secret leads to another in the Secrets of the Manor series. Beth and Kate are the great-great granddaughters of Robert and Mary Chatswood. In 1914, their lives are occupied with gowns, jewelry, ballroom dancing, hairdos, and servants. While their local communities […]