Book Review: RIVER OF INK: GENESIS

Book Review: RIVER OF INK: GENESIS

Book Review: RIVER OF INK: GENESIS By Helen Dennis London: Hodder Children’s Books, 2016. $10.00 Some of the most interesting and innovative writers working today are writing for the young adult market. A market that once leaned towards wish-fulfillment stories and safe fantasy has transformed in recent years, and now addresses some of the cutting-edge […]

Book Review: LOCK AND MORI By Heather W. Petty

Book Review: LOCK AND MORI By Heather W. Petty   Sherlock Holmes is big right now. To be frank, he never went away. Every few years, a new TV version, or a new movie, brings the character back to life, along with his long-suffering sidekick/good, wise friend, Watson. Sherlock Holmes has a large, enthusiastic, and […]

Book Review: THE SEARCH FOR THE HOMESTEAD TREASURE: A MYSTERY

Book Review: THE SEARCH FOR THE HOMESTEAD TREASURE: A MYSTERY By Ann Treacy Minneapolis: University Of Minnesota Press, 2016. $16.95 The title of Ann Treacy’s The Search for the Homestead Treasure sounds as though the early Famous Five have sprung back into action in a book that will engage the reader with a mystery suitably embellished […]

Book Review: HOLLOW CITY

Book Review: HOLLOW CITY

HOLLOW CITY By Ransom Riggs Narrated by Kirby Heyborne CD: Blackstone Audio, 2014. (11 hrs, 39 mins) $29.95 Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, the first installment of Ransom Riggs’ Peculiar Children series, was a surprise best-seller in 2011. Like many of the best Young Adult books, the novel pulled no punches: war, death, betrayal, […]

Book Review: I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN

Book Review: I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN

I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN By Jandy Nelson New York: Dial, 2014. $13.64 Family secrets, betrayal, and an all-encompassing love for art serve as the catalysts in Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun, which introduces readers to estranged twins Noah and Jude. Told in alternating chapters—Noah’s narration takes place when the twins are thirteen, […]

Book Review: JACKABY

Book Review:  JACKABY By William Ritter New York: Algonquin Young Readers, 2014. $12.99 Advertised as Sherlock Holmes meets Doctor Who, William Ritter’s charming, thrilling young adult novel introduces readers to the plucky, young Abigail Rook and the mysterious R.F. Jackaby. Having run away from England and the life of a typical well-brought-up young lady—complete with […]

Book Review: ELITE: MOSTLY HARMLESS

ELITE: MOSTLY HARMLESS By Kate Russell United Kingdom: Fantastic Books Publishing, 2014. $32.50 8 hours / 4 CDs Anyone who remembers the seminal video game Elite that appeared in the early 1980s will welcome the arrival of the game in its 21st century incarnation, Elite: Dangerous—now accompanied by a series of novels, authorised by the […]

Junior Crime Scene Sleuths

Junior Crime Scene Sleuths Can you imagine being a seventeen-year-old who casually mentions the time she almost stepped on a scapula bone walking through the forest, or a sixteen-year-old who spots the bullet that went through a victim and ended up buried in the dirt of a park?I now know teens like this. I’ve written […]