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Staff Picks: Spill Zone

June 18, 2017 | Cameron | Comments (2)

   SpillScott Westerfeld is famous for his Uglies and Pretties series. In his new book he ventures into unknown territory with his first graphic novel, words by Westerfeld and art by Alex Puvilland and illustrations by Hilary Sycamore

This graphic novels finds us in Poughkeepsie N.Y., where three years prior to the action an event took place that has forever altered this little town. Strange manifestations and things out of the ordinary are what await anyone in what is now known as the "spill zone". Addison's parents were claimed by the spill leaving her in charge of her younger sister who was a witness and has not spoken a word since. And even though the area is dangerous Addison keeps sneaking back in with her camera in order to gather information as what is happening there is not normal.

Cats that can talk, strange zombie like creatures, and humans who just levitate in the air. The military won't talk about what the problem is, but Addison wants to uncover the truth. Was it aliens? A chemical attack? What?

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Staff Picks: Goodbye Days

May 28, 2017 | Cameron | Comments (0)

Index.aspxIn his second novel Jeff Zentner explores the idea of what if you could have one more day with someone who is dead?

One day Carver Briggs absolutely had it all. He was popular, handsome, a talented writer and his home life is supportive and his time with his three best friends is always worthwhile. But his world comes crashing down by the random coincidence that his best friend dies in a car crash right after he sends a nefarious text. Carver cannot stop blaming himself for the incident and to make it worse the father of his friend is a powerful judge who is pressuring the district attorney to open a criminal investigation against Carver.

Carver has some friends who are trying to help him through this difficult time, but when the families of the deceased want a "good bye day" with him; he is unclear and anxious about their motives. Can he give these grieving families any closure at all? Can he ever forgive himself? Will the good bye day bring him closer to acceptance or closer to prison time?

Get the physical book here. No electronic options as of publication date.


Staff Picks: Fruits Basket

May 23, 2017 | Amanda | Comments (0)

Fruits Basket book 1Popular Japanese manga series, Fruits Basket is getting reissued in collector's editions! Revisit this modern classic or read it for the very first time.


The Sohma family has a long standing curse set upon them. When people exchange hugs, they turn into an animal from the Chinese Zodiac. Tohru Honda stumbles upon this curse by accident and chaos ensues.  She also learns of the dark secrets of the Sohma family. Kyo in particular carries a heavy burden, as he is the "Cat", the animal shunned by the Zodiac animals and this weighs on his relationships with other family members. Then there is the mysterious Akito, who commands the family and whom none can disobey. Tohru's persistent optimism slowly breaks down the barriers between the family members, but this may not be enough to solve century old wounds.

Fruits Basket was one of the first manga series I read and remains one of my favourites. Meeting each member of the Sohma family and finding out which Zodiac animal they are was hilarious, but there are enough dark secrets hidden in this family to keep the pages turning and the reader invested. I hope new readers discover this great series.

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Staff Picks: A Crown of Wishes

April 30, 2017 | Elsa | Comments (1)

A Crown of Wishes - Roskani ChokshiA companion novel to The Star-Touched Queen. Gauri, an exiled princess, has been captured and imprisoned by a rival kingdom, Ujijain. However, just before she is executed, the prince of Ujijain, Vikram, rescues her and forces her to compete in the deadly Tournament of Wishes. In order to win a wish, Gauri and Vikram must go through trials and make sacrifices. To survive the tournament, the two enemies must learn to trust each other. Gauri as a character- fierce, funny, vengeful, impulsive and complex- stole the show. Vikram, almost as good and quite swoon-worthy, provided a great contrast to Gauri. If you loved The Star-Touched Queen, you are in luck- the second book is even better. Chokshi has a way of writing that leaves you feeling as if you have just left a dream.

If you missed the previous book The Star-Touched Queen it's not too late to place a hold!

Place a hold on A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi or read the ebook.


Staff Picks: Honestly Ben

April 23, 2017 | Cameron | Comments (0)

BenIn the follow up/companion novel to "Openly Straight" Bill Konigsberg takes us back into the world of Ben Carver. Ben's life is back to normal and he has put the difficult relationship with Rafe behind him and he is doing very well. He is captain of the baseball team, has won a full scholarship to go to college and he kind of has a crush on this new girl Hannah. However, as Ben begins to mature and develop more he is beginning to notice things that did not capture his attention before.

His mother seems oddly removed from her own life, school feels much harder than it has in the past - especially with the pressure of maintaining high grades to keep his scholarship. Rafe is already dating someone else and Ben worries that he could be the normal that he needs right now. Also why is Ben's father so distant and yet so demanding?

"Honestly Ben" is a funny and impeccable read for fans of David Levithan, Andrew Smith and John Green. This book will appeal to anyone who at one point in their life has tried to just honestly be themselves.

Get the physical book here. No e-book at the moment but keep checking. 

Staff Picks: City of Saints and Thieves

April 16, 2017 | Alice | Comments (0)

City of saints and thievesIf there is one thing Tiny Girl knows, it's her plan for revenge: first Dirt, then Money, then Blood. She's been living and breathing it for years as she builds skills as a master thief for the Goondas and prepares herself. And now that it's time, she finds that the one thing she didn't prepare herself for was questioning her own mission and confronting the past that led her here. 

Tina is a Congolese refugee, invisible in the streets of Kenya's Sangui City, and hellbent on avenging her mother's death. She decides to take down the rich, powerful white man who took in her and her mother before her mom was murdered in his home. When she is compelled to investigate, she discovers a twisted path of corruption, brutality, and attempts at salvation that try to survive the hell of an ongoing war.

This book is a tense, taut thriller that urges you forward at the same time that it exposes the costs and casualties of wars fueled by gold in places we rarely hear about. Brilliantly written, it had me on the edge of my seat and deeply invested in Tiny's story and safety as she defies the Goonda boss to pursue the truth of her past. It's a rare combination of compelling and utterly new, and I've been recommending it to anyone who likes some meat in their mystery.

Read City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson, read the ebook, or listen to the eaudiobook.

Staff Picks: The Hate U Give

April 9, 2017 | Elsa | Comments (0)

  32075671On the drive home, 16 year-old Starr Carter and her childhood friend, Khalil, are pulled over. Khalil, unarmed, is fatally shot by the police officer and Starr is the sole witness to her friend's murder. In the months that follow, Starr struggles with the pressure of testifying before a grand jury and the responsibility of speaking out in Khalil's memory. To fit in with the different cultures of her elite private school and her violence-filled neighbourhood, Starr code switches and readers experience the hilarity and difficulties of her double life. The Hate U Give lays out the systemic racism in more ways then one in an honest, and unflinching way. More than just an excellent and timely young adult novel, it is also a compelling and hilarious family drama filled with characters that readers will love and identify deeply with. There is a hopeful message at the end and I cannot recommend the book enough.

The Hate U Give has received a lot of press and critical acclaim and movie rights have already been sold.  

Place a hold on The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, read the ebook or listen to the eaudiobook.

Your Bookmark Here: The End of Oz

March 12, 2017 | Cameron | Comments (0)

In 2014 Danielle Paige introduced a new chapter in the Oz mythology; well researched and true to the originals, this new novel was about how Dorothy had returned to Oz and was ruining this magical place. Three years later and 7 novellas, 2 novels and we are finally  coming to the thrilling conclusion of what will Dorothy's fate be and will Amy Gumm successfully terminate her?

0062423770Over the scope of all the previous works comes the final chapter in this series. Amy has not been as successful as he had hoped at defeating Dorothy and her team and now she is under the firm grip of the Gnome King. Also some terrifying realities have been brought to light about the relationship between Kansas and Oz and what is really behind all the nefarious activities by the tyrants in the Emerald City.

To make matters worse Amy's arch-nemesis from Kansas, Madison, has shown up in Oz and Amy has to protect her as well as saver herself and Ozma from the Gnome king, get back to Oz and help the "Order of the Wicked" to save the magic that remains. However, Dorothy is driven by rage and out for revenge and she has a few tricks up her sleeve. Will Amy's inherited magic be enough to stop her? Can Oz ever return to the mythical and magical place it was before Dorothy ever arrived?

This is a page turning, jaw dropping, heart pounding of a conclusion. And if you are at all like this avid reader and fan of the series you will finish this book and return to the first one as there is so much you may have forgotten, or subtle hints that you didn't see. "The End of Oz" is available on May 14, 2017.

Place a hold on The End of Oz here. And keep a look out for the e-book coming soon.

Staff Picks from our Teen Email Newsletter

February 27, 2017 | Cameron | Comments (0)

Every once in a while a group of books come along that are all very well received by the critics. These are the books that we look forward to as we have a sense that we are getting something precious, something insightful, something that we will want to read and that will have that certain substance we are looking for. Here are four titles that have been very well received:

HateugiveThe Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie Thomas’s searing debut about an ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty.
Kirkus says: "Thomas cuts to the heart of the matter for Starr and for so many like her, laying bare the systemic racism that undergirds her world, and she does so honestly and inescapably, balancing heartbreak and humor. With smooth but powerful prose delivered in Starr’s natural, emphatic voice, finely nuanced characters, and intricate and realistic relationship dynamics, this novel will have readers rooting for Starr and opening their hearts to her friends and family.This story is necessary. This story is important."

Place a hold on The Hate You Give, by Angie Thomas.


EverythingEverything Beautiful is not Ruined, by Danielle Younge-Ullman
Ingrid traveled all over Europe with her opera star mother, Margot-Sophia. Life was beautiful and bright, and every day soared with music.
Ingrid is on a summertime wilderness survival trek for at-risk teens: addicts, runaways, and her. She’s fighting to survive crushing humiliations, physical challenges that push her to her limits, and mind games that threaten to break her.
Quill and Quire says: " . . . is an emotionally resonant, fabulously crafted novel about a young woman figuring out who she is and dealing with some seriously devastating events in her life. You don’t have to be 17 to empathize with Ingrid; her struggles are universal, even if her specific circumstances are not."

Place a hold on Everything Beautiful is Not Ruined, by Danielle Younge-Ullman, or read the eBook.
28763485The Sun Is Also A Star, by Nicola Yoon

  51fn0k84ZAL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting It Done, by Andrea Gonzales

Perfect for aspiring coders everywhere, Girl Code is the story of two teenage tech phenoms who met at Girls Who Code summer camp, teamed up to create a viral video game, and ended up becoming world famous. The book also includes bonus content to help you get started coding!

 Kirkus says: "What brought the two together for their project was a desire to combine social commentary with their coding, resulting in their successful game. The game (and networking opportunities from GWC) has brought them attention and many more opportunities, but it also took more time and energy than they had to spare. By book’s end, they find themselves evaluating their futures with technology. The psychology of self-doubt and value of persistence are well-presented—the co-authors stress that the greater the frustration, the better the payoff. Tech-centered empowerment for those who feel voiceless. (coding appendix with glossary, sample code, resources) (Memoir. 12-17)"

Place a hold on Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral and Getting It Done, by Andrea Gonzales.


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Staff Picks: Kill The Boy Band

February 26, 2017 | Alice | Comments (0)

Kill the boy bandBoy Bands and their rabid avid fans hold a special place among fans, and the narrator of this novel, a devotee of 80s movie and The Ruperts, is our tour guide into a group of crazy passionate fans known as Strepurs. She and her friends have got themselves close to their beloved quartet, when something goes awry, and they sort of accidentally kidnap one of them. Now what??

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Butterflies: A Little Romance for Valentine's Day

February 14, 2017 | Alice | Comments (1)

Crush got you crazy? Characters in these books can definitely relate.


Guitar Notes, by Mary Amato

 Lyla and Tripp alternate days in a coveted music practice room at school, and this sharing arrangements leads to a slightly cranky note, which leads to a conversation where the argumentative tone grows into banter, and then into real sharing. The two, who are pretty different, begin to open up and develop an emotional connection that turns into something real by the end of the book. It's a cute story, centered around music and connection and getting each other when others around them just don't, and a perfect light read for someone who enjoys the sweet side of romance more than the steamy.

 Place a hold on Guitar Notes, or read the ebook.

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Your Bookmark Here: We Are Okay

February 12, 2017 | Cameron | Comments (0)

WeareokayThis book had me by the cover. And I am not saying that you should judge a book by it's cover, but keep in mind that cover does a lot in selling the book. In Nina LaCour's new title (wonderfully being made to the public on valentines day) we have a beautiful and compelling tale of loss and sadness mixed with lies and betrayal.

It is the first school holiday since Marin started at college in New York leaving behind her life in California, all her friends, many of her possessions and full of secrets that no one knows. Not even her best friend Mable is aware of the baggage that she is carrying. As Marin sits and waits in her empty dorm for Mabel to arrive she begins to revisit and sift through the pieces of the past that she keeps tripping on.

Marin has allowed loneliness take up residence in her soul, but it is possible that the best thing for her is to tell the truth - or will that ruin her facade and actually turn her into a complete wreck?

This haunting novella weaves a tremendous tale and really engages you with the characters. This is a well received book and I can certainly understand why.

Place a hold on We Are Okay, by Nina LaCour.

Love Is Love: LGBTQ+ Valentine's Stories

February 11, 2017 | Alice | Comments (0)

Not every love story is a boy-meets-girl love story. Looking for a different pair of protagonists in your Valentine's read? Try one of these picks:

Ash, by Malinda Lo

You think you know this story, but you’re wrong. Her name isn’t Cinderella, it’s Ash. And he isn’t just a prince, he’s a fairy prince. He and his kind are hunted by the King’s Huntress. When Ash and the Huntress meet in the woods, the two become friends, even though Ash hides the truth about her prince. Given the option to leave behind the horrible life she’s known, to live in the beautiful fairy Realm, what will Ash choose? The fairy prince who loves her, or the woman she is falling for?
Recommended for fans of fantasy, fairy tales, or The Wild Hunt.
Orientations/identities represented: lesbian.

Place a hold on Ash or read the ebook!

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Your Bookmark Here: Every Falling Star

January 24, 2017 | Analisa | Comments (0)


I have to admit before reading this book I didn’t know much about North Korea. My knowledge was limited to news reports on nuclear weapons, Communism, a young leader named Kim Jong-Un and that’s about it. I watched The Interview which I thought was funny, but I don’t think that counts for any real knowledge about North Korea. 

Every Falling Star changed this for me. As soon as I finished the book I wanted to research more about this complex and paradoxical country. The book is the author’s childhood memoir which chronicles a time when he went from a life of comfort and security to one of extreme poverty and violence. For reasons he cannot disclose, Sungju and his family were moved from the capital of Pyongyang to the poor town of Gyeong-Seong. There his family is eventually driven to the brink of starvation. His father makes the decision to take the dangerous journey to China where he will smuggle back supplies. After a long time without word, Sungju’s mother decides to leave town to visit his aunt where she might find food. Neither of his parents return and so Sungju is forced to live on the streets as a kotjebi or street boy. On the streets he is joined by his former schoolmates and they form an unbreakable bond and undying brotherhood.  Together they face horrible street violence, unspeakable military brutality, starvation, drugs and death but through it all an undeniable hope. 

What I loved most about this book was that it didn’t seem to be written as an intentional tear jerker, instead it was a realistic depiction of what life looks like when young people are faced with extreme conditions.  

The book was co-written by Susan McClelland author of the Bite of the Mango Part of the proceeds of the book go to the Citizens Alliance for North Koreans Human Rights to help North Koreans in China. 

Place a hold on Every Falling Star: The True Story of How I Survived and Escaped North Korea, by Sungju Lee or read the ebook.


Your Bookmark Here: Vassa in the Night

January 8, 2017 | Cameron | Comments (0)

VassaIn the mystical and magical land of Brooklyn lives Vassa and her not so pleasant stepmother and constantly  bickering step sisters. The wealthy and glamorous people put on their absolutely adorable shoes and go out partying often. There is a huge cultural divide between the upper class people and the working class and they don't mix. Magic is often to be found and dealt with but many times it is wiser just to leave magic alone. 

The local convenience store is run by Babs Yagg (think legend Babba Yagga) who has no issues with beheading shoplifters or dealing with people with her own personal sense of justice.  One night Vassa is sent out by her bickering step sisters to get light bulbs. This is very much a death sentence as she knows what can happen at the convenience store, but she herself has her own little piece of magic that she carries with her. Vassa just may be able to free her Brooklyn neighborhood from Babs but only if the playing field is level and fair. 

Vassa in the Night is a thrilling modern take on a fairy tale. Indulge yourself and give it a read.

Place a hold on Vassa in the Night, by Sarah Porter.        

Your Bookmark Here: Stealing Snow

December 25, 2016 | Cameron | Comments (0)

1681190761Danielle Paige burst onto the scene a few years ago with her re-imagining of the land of OZ. In her new title "Stealing Snow" she has taken the fairy tale of "The Snow Queen" (think Frozen but the original story" and re-imagined it as a modern day pilgrimage of a young woman finding herself.

The heroine of the book, 17 year old Snow, has been in a mental health institution for most of her life. She suffers from visions and delusions, however she is convinced that she does not belong there and that the things in her head are actually memories and not an affliction. She meets the handsome and mysterious (you have to have some fairy tale tropes) Bale and he helps her to escape.

Once out of the institution and into the woods the line between reality and fairy tale becomes even more blurred as New York City fades and she is in a Narnia like world where there is magic and witches and thieves. Snow may very well belong in this world, but is it a place that she can survive?

Your Bookmark Here: Shooter by Caroline Pignat

December 7, 2016 | Analisa | Comments (0)

ShooterIn Shooter, five grade 12 students find themselves trapped inside the boys’ washroom during a school lockdown. The group couldn't be more different or more annoyed with each other. As the lockdown prolongs the students quickly realize the severity of their situation; there is real danger that lurks outside of the washroom door and there is also a real need for them to trust each other in order to survive this.

Told from the perspective of each of the five students, through narration, journals and text messages, Pignat reveals that typically typecast characters often have so much more back story than what is usually perceived.  What's more is that she reveals what can happen when the characters lose their judgements of each other and instead work towards keeping each other alive.

The book is well paced, and the characters in the story are believable and nuanced. It has also been nominated for the 2017 Red Maple Fiction Award. Check out our blog post of all the Red Maple nominees, complete with links to place your holds.

Place a hold on Shooter by Caroline Pignat, or read the ebook.

Your Bookmark Here: Enter Title Here by Rahul Kanakia

December 1, 2016 | Claire | Comments (0)

TitleWhat would you do to get into your university of choice?  Study hard?  Do volunteer work?  Design an app?  If you're trying to get into Stanford like Reshma Kapoor, you know that it might take a little something more than that.  Something spectacular.  Something that will set you apart from all the other top-of-their-school applicants.  A hook--something nobody else has.

Reshma's hook?  She's going to write a teen novel while still in high school.  And get it published.  By an actual publishing house.  She actually has an agent.  What could possibly go wrong?

I kept going back and forth while I was reading this book.  There were times when I found myself caught up in Reshma's energy, determination, and dirty schemes, and other times when I found myself starting to dislike her--she's kind of like Anakin Skywalker, a lot of potential but way too open to the dark side.  The author's webpage describes the book as a cross between Gossip Girl and House of Cards.  Who could resist?

Oh, and by the way?  If you like metafiction--walk, don't run, to your library shelves.  You can't get more meta than this one. 

Place a hold on Enter Title Here, by Rahul Kanakia.

Everything, Everything Movie In The Works

November 22, 2016 | Helena | Comments (0)

Everything Everything

As the saying goes, anticipation is half the fun.  In that spirit, have you heard the good news that a movie is in the works for Nicola Yoon's smash hit Everything, Everything?  It's set for August of next year and will star Hunger Games actor Amandla Stenberg.  You might also want to check out Nicola's latest book The Sun Is Also A Star which, again, is a hit with readers, currently sitting at #6 on the New York Times Best Seller List, and critics alike.  Be sure to check out both books!  

Your Bookmark Here: The Sun is Also a Star

November 9, 2016 | Claire A | Comments (0)

The Sun is Also a Star

Have you ever met someone and knew right away that this was the person you were meant to spend the rest of your life with?  That's how Daniel feels when he meets Natasha.  He's a dreamer who believes in love.  She's a skeptic who believes in facts not destiny.  When they meet on a crowded New York City street, Daniel is convinced they are meant to be - even though his strict Korean parents would never allow this relationship.  But Natasha isn't in the mood for love - her family is being deported back to Jamaica that night and she has one shot left at saving them.  Despite everything on her plate, Natasha begins to fall for Daniel and the two take a journey on what might be her last day in America, exploring life, love and hope for bigger and better things to come.  

The Sun is Also a Star has been chosen as a finalist for the National Book Awards #NBAwards! For more news, check out this interview with author Nicola Yoon, or take a look at her @NicolaYoon twitter feed.

If you missed her previous bestselling book Everything, Everything it's not too late to place a hold!

Place a hold on The Sun is Also a Star, by Nicola Yoon, read the ebook or listen to the eaudiobook.

Your Bookmark Here: Monster Books for People Who Don't Like Monster Books

October 5, 2016 | Claire | Comments (0)

I read two pretty interesting books this week, both, in a way, about monsters.  These two books, though,  also couldn't be more different.  I thought I'd give them both some airtime.

IrreversibleThe way it looks is not the way it is.  That's what Keir Sarafian keeps telling us.  We met him in Inexcusable back in 2005, and watched as this "good guy" struggled to explain why his football team called him "Killer", how he came to have a football tackle so powerful that it crippled another player, and why his best friend, Gigi, claims that he raped her.  The brilliant thing about this book was the point of view.  Even though Keir is telling his own story, by the end of the book I don't know anyone who wasn't convinced that he was guilty. Guilty, guilty, guilty.  Inexcusable was the first teen fiction I'd read from the point of view of a date rapist, and it was compelling.  And scary.  

Now it's a few months later, and Keir is picking up his life.  He's not going to jail (Gigi's family doesn't want her pressing charges).  But he's not wanted at the University where the assault took place, so he hastily gets a half-scholarship at a smaller school, and hopes to leave his past behind him.  Unfortunately, he finds that impulsiveness and a violent temperament are hard to shake.  Even harder to shake is his obsessive need to blame others for his own actions.   Irreversible really shows how deeply Keir was influenced by a culture of masculinity which accepts certain types of violence while at the same time denying responsibility for it.    It put me in mind of this video by Blue Seat Studios:



A lot of the reviews are focusing on the question of whether or not Keir grows to understand the enormity, and the enormous wrongness, of what he did.  I don't think he does, not in this book, even though he does admit to Gigi that "I have seen enough to feel like I can believe you...more than I can believe myself." (He is never able to say the word "rape".)    Keir still has a long, long way to go.

Here's a short video of author Chris Lynch talking about Irreversible.  


 If you're not in thMonstere mood for the realism of Irreversible, you might want to consider J.P. Romney's debut novel, The Monster on the Road is Me.  Set in a small town in modern Japan, the story is about Koda, a blisteringly funny young man who's a bit too geeky to have many friends (he fantasizes about being a hero pilot despite his narcolepsy, which requires him to wear an enormously awkward-looking helmet during his waking day).   When a girl he likes commits suicide, and then more suicides come to light, signs point to a supernatural cause.  Evil crows, a Tengu demon, a kappa demon, a mysterious, snarky girl who may be connected to a goddess--Koda has to contend with all of these in his quest to save his town.  Hilarious, melancholy, a little spooky, a little romantic, this is magic realism done Japanese-style.  I highly recommend it. 



Spotlight on Asian Heritage

September 30, 2016 | stephen | Comments (0)

Our Summer Reads booklist is full of wild adventures. Take a trip inspired by the far east with some of these amazing titles

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Your Bookmark Here: The Thousandth Floor

September 28, 2016 | Claire A | Comments (0)

The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee

Thousandth floorIts New York City, 100 years in the future.  Manhattan has a thousand story tower that rises in the sky.  The higher you live the richer you are. 

Eris is beautiful and lives the perfect life, until a family crisis rips her to pieces.

Leda hides her secrets from everyone - she's a drug addict in love with her best friends brother

Rylin lives at the bottom of the tower but works as a maid on one of the top floors.

Watt is tech genius - he spies on everyone through a computer embedded in his brain.  When Leda hires him to spy on the boy she loves, he gets swept away into the fabulous life of the rich. 

And then of course there is Avery who lives on the thousandth floor.  She's rich and beautiful and was designed to be perfect.  But she also hides a secret from everyone - she's in love with her adoptive brother.

The book starts off with someone falling from the top floor of the tower.   Following the characters through their twists and turns, it isn't revealed till the very end who it is.  Did she jump?  Was she pushed?  All remains a mystery throughout.  If you love Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars then this is definitely the book for you.  Once I started it, I couldn't put it down.  A must read.

Your Bookmark Here: Messy Business of Art and Revenge

September 20, 2016 | Alice | Comments (0)

Original Fake, by Kirstin Cronn-Mills and E. Eero Johnson

ORIGINAL-FAKE A closet artist in a family full of sparkly stage presences, Frankie has come to hate his sister just as much as he worships street art hero Uncle Epic, his town's answer to Banksy.Things collide when he gets perfect blackmail material on his sister, and knows just how he wants to express it...

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Your Bookmark Here: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Volume 1, BFF

September 6, 2016 | Claire | Comments (0)


Moon Girl's Motto

MoonMoon Girl is a 10 year old girl genius who's a little obsessive about science.   Devil Dinosaur is a bright red T-Rex from an alternative dimension who finds himself unexpectedly on earth.  How do they become Best Friends Forever?  Well, it's kind of a funny story....

The character Devil Dinosaur not one I was familiar with, but he is apparently part of the Marvel canon, having been created by Jack Kirby in 1978 and appearing very occasionally (think every ten years or so) in supporting roles since then.  In his original adventure, Devil Dinosaur teamed up with Moon Boy against the Killer Folk (primitive humans) who inhabit Dinosaur World.  

 Moon Girl, aka Lunella LaFayette, is a new Marvel creation.  She has no superpowers as such, but she does have Inhuman DNA, which can potentially be triggered by the Terrigen Mist which keeps popping up and transforming people into either superheroes or monsters.  So rather than pay attention in school, she obsesses over alien technology and ends up accidentally opening a dimensional portal....well, you can guess the rest.  

BTW, I'd never heard of the Totally Awesome Hulk, aka Amadeus Cho,  before (I'm a big fan of classic Hulk, aka Bruce Banner), but he makes a guest appearance in Moon Girl's story.  At first I was all like "What is going on?" but he is actually very very funny.   Worth a look!


 Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur won the 2016 Glyph Comics Award for Best Female Character.  The Glyph awards highlight "the best comics made by, for and about people of color, showcasing diverse voices across the comics industry."  


Blast from the Past:  The original Devil Dinosaur

  Coming out in 2017 is Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Volume 2:  Cosmic Cooties.  Great name, huh?


 What girl-power comics have you been enjoying lately?








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