Book Review: We Hunt the Flame

Shop your local indie bookstore “Maybe the tiny lions were merely ornaments, a display of pride for the victory over a man who defied men, only to be slain by women.”― Hafsah Faizal, We Hunt the Flame Ah, where to begin? This novel is on the nominee list for the YA Speculative Fiction Cybils Awards, and that…

Book Review: Sorcery of Thorns

All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather….

Book Review: Echo North

Echo Alkaev’s safe and carefully structured world falls apart when her father leaves for the city and mysteriously disappears. Believing he is lost forever, Echo is shocked to find him half-frozen in the winter forest six months later, guarded by a strange talking wolf—the same creature who attacked her as a child. The wolf presents…

Ten Days a Madwoman: The Daring Life and Turbulent Times of the Original “Girl” Reporter, Nellie Bly

Ten Days a Madwoman: The Daring Life and Turbulent Times of the Original “Girl” Reporter, Nellie Bly Written By: Deborah Noyes Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers (February 23, 2016) MG Nonfiction Borrowed from the Chicago Public Library as a Cybils nominee Nellie Bly could have invented the term “girl power,” and she owned a monkey….

Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story

Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story Written By: Caren Stelson Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (October 1, 2016) I borrowed this book to read as a Cybils Awards nominee. I ended up buying it and it won in 2016. Words that come to mind after closing this book: harrowing, distressing, torturous, traumatic, heartbreaking. “What happened to me must…

In the Shadow of Liberty

In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives Written By: Kenneth C Davis Published By: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (September 20, 2016) YA Nonfiction Cybils Nominee- Borrowed from the Chicago Library Well, I’m buying this one too. The narrative to this nonfiction or historical fiction is…