Your Valentine’s Day Book Match

February 12th, 2017 by

February is the month of LOVE, and the #1 love in our lives is… BOOKS! There are so many amazing new books released recently, we’ve compiled a quiz to determine which book you should read next!

Answer the questions below. When you get your results, be sure to check out the official book description below the cover!

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Are you happy with your result? If not, take the quiz again! Leave a comment below and let us know which book you’re most excited about.

2017 Coretta Scott King Book Awards

February 6th, 2017 by

coretta-scott-king-awardsLast week, we gave a rundown of the 2017 Newbery winners. Since February is Black History Month, we wanted to follow that up with a rundown of the 2017 Coretta Scott King Book Awards winners.

You’ve probably heard of Mrs. Coretta Scott King, who was the wife of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and an activist in her own right. The Coretta Scott King Book Awards recognize outstanding books for young adults and children by African-American authors and illustrators that reflect the African-American experience.

Since they were founded in 1969, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards have grown to include several categories. For us here at Kidsmomo, the most exciting is the Author Award. Check out this year’s winner and honor books (descriptions provided by the publishers):


march-book-threeMarch: Book Three written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell

Welcome to the stunning conclusion of the award-winning and best-selling MARCH trilogy. Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, joins co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to bring the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today’s world.

By the fall of 1963, the Civil Rights Movement has penetrated deep into the American consciousness, and as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, John Lewis is guiding the tip of the spear. Through relentless direct action, SNCC continues to force the nation to confront its own blatant injustice, but for every step forward, the danger grows more intense: Jim Crow strikes back through legal tricks, intimidation, violence, and death. The only hope for lasting change is to give voice to the millions of Americans silenced by voter suppression: “One Man, One Vote.”

To carry out their nonviolent revolution, Lewis and an army of young activists launch a series of innovative campaigns, including the Freedom Vote, Mississippi Freedom Summer, and an all-out battle for the soul of the Democratic Party waged live on national television.

With these new struggles come new allies, new opponents, and an unpredictable new president who might be both at once. But fractures within the movement are deepening… even as 25-year-old John Lewis prepares to risk everything in a historic showdown high above the Alabama river, in a town called Selma.

[Note from Kidsmomo: This book is recommended for ages 12 and up.]



as-brave-as-youAs Brave as You by Jason Reynolds

When two brothers decide to prove how brave they are, everything backfires — literally — in this piercing middle grade novel by the winner of the Coretta Scott King/Johnson Steptoe Award.

Genie’s summer is full of surprises. The first is that he and his big brother, Ernie, are leaving Brooklyn for the very first time to spend the summer with their grandparents all the way in Virginia — in the COUNTRY! The second surprise comes when Genie figures out that their grandfather is blind. Thunderstruck and — being a curious kid — Genie peppers Grandpop with questions about how he covers it so well (besides wearing way cool Ray-Bans).

How does he match his clothes? Know where to walk? Cook with a gas stove? Pour a glass of sweet tea without spilling it? Genie thinks Grandpop must be the bravest guy he’s ever known, but he starts to notice that his grandfather never leaves the house — as in NEVER. And when he finds the secret room that Grandpop is always disappearing into — a room so full of songbirds and plants that it’s almost as if it’s been pulled inside-out — he begins to wonder if his grandfather is really so brave after all.

Then Ernie lets him down in the bravery department. It’s his 14th birthday, and, Grandpop says to become a man, you have to learn how to shoot a gun. Genie thinks that is AWESOME until he realizes Ernie has no interest in learning how to shoot. None. Nada. Dumbfounded by Ernie’s reluctance, Genie is left to wonder — is bravery and becoming a man only about proving something, or is it just as important to own up to what you won’t do?

[Note from Kidsmomo: This book is recommended for ages 10 and up.]

Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan written and illustrated by Ashley Bryan

Using original slave auction and plantation estate documents, Ashley Bryan offers a moving and powerful picture book that contrasts the monetary value of a slave with the priceless value of life experiences and dreams that a slave owner could never take away.

Imagine being looked up and down and being valued as less than chair. Less than an ox. Less than a dress. Maybe about the same as… a lantern.

You, an object. An object to sell.

In his gentle yet deeply powerful way, Ashley Bryan goes to the heart of how a slave is given a monetary value by the slave owner, tempering this with the one thing that CAN’T be bought or sold — dreams. Inspired by the actual will of a plantation owner that lists the worth of each and every one of his “workers,” Bryan has created collages around that document, and others like it. Through fierce paintings and expansive poetry he imagines and interprets each person’s life on the plantation, as well as the life their owner knew nothing about — their dreams and pride in knowing that they were worth far more than an Overseer or Madam ever would guess. Visually epic, and never before done, this stunning picture book is unlike anything you’ve seen.


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2017 Newbery Award Winners

February 1st, 2017 by

It’s a month into 2017, and the American Library Association has rolled out the red carpet for their biggest stars: authors, illustrators, librarians, publishers, and of course, BOOKS!

For those Newbery Newbs out there: The ALA Youth Media Awards are like the Academy Awards or Super Bowl for kids literature, and their big award is the John Newbery Medal. The award is given out to a book published in 2016, and the selection committee is comprised of MVPs of books: librarians from around the country!

Check out this year’s winners (descriptions provided by the publishers):


The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.

One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this enmagicked girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. To keep young Luna safe from her own unwieldy power, Xan locks her magic deep inside her. When Luna approaches her 13th birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule — but Xan is far away. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon, it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her — even if it means the end of the loving, safe world she’s always known.


Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan written and illustrated by Ashley Bryan

Using original slave auction and plantation estate documents, Ashley Bryan offers a moving and powerful picture book that contrasts the monetary value of a slave with the priceless value of life experiences and dreams that a slave owner could never take away.

Imagine being looked up and down and being valued as less than chair. Less than an ox. Less than a dress. Maybe about the same as… a lantern.

You, an object. An object to sell.

In his gentle yet deeply powerful way, Ashley Bryan goes to the heart of how a slave is given a monetary value by the slave owner, tempering this with the one thing that CAN’T be bought or sold — dreams. Inspired by the actual will of a plantation owner that lists the worth of each and every one of his “workers,” Bryan has created collages around that document, and others like it. Through fierce paintings and expansive poetry he imagines and interprets each person’s life on the plantation, as well as the life their owner knew nothing about — their dreams and pride in knowing that they were worth far more than an Overseer or Madam ever would guess. Visually epic, and never before done, this stunning picture book is unlike anything you’ve seen.

The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog written by Adam Gidwitz, illustrated by Hatem Aly

An exciting and hilarious medieval adventure from the bestselling author of A Tale Dark and Grimm.

1242. On a dark night, travelers from across France cross paths at an inn and begin to tell stories of three children. Their adventures take them on a chase through France: They are taken captive by knights, sit alongside a king, and save the land from a farting dragon. On the run to escape prejudice and persecution and save precious and holy texts from being burned, their quest drives them forward to a final showdown at Mont Saint-Michel, where all will come to question if these children can perform the miracles of saints.

Join William, an oblate on a mission from his monastery; Jacob, a Jewish boy who has fled his burning village; and Jeanne, a peasant girl who hides her prophetic visions. They are accompanied by Jeanne’s loyal greyhound, Gwenforte… recently brought back from the dead. Told in multiple voices, in a style reminiscent of The Canterbury Tales, our narrator collects their stories and the saga of these three unlikely allies begins to come together.

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

Growing up in the shadows cast by two world wars, Annabelle has lived a mostly quiet, steady life in her small Pennsylvania town. Until the day new student Betty Glengarry walks into her class. Betty quickly reveals herself to be cruel and manipulative, and while her bullying seems isolated at first, things quickly escalate, and reclusive World War I veteran Toby becomes a target of her attacks. While others have always seen Toby’s strangeness, Annabelle knows only kindness. She will soon need to find the courage to stand as a lone voice of justice as tensions mount.

Brilliantly crafted, Wolf Hollow is a haunting tale of America at a crossroads and a time when one girl’s resilience, strength, and compassion help to illuminate the darkest corners of our history.

Which books have you already read, or are most interested in reading? Vote in the poll below!

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You Asked, We Answered: Poetry

December 11th, 2016 by

On October 30, 2016, Kidsmomo reader Aaron asked us for book recommendations based on his interests:

Is poetry nonfiction and fiction ? What is a good poetry book ?

Aaron, thank you for sending in your questions! Let’s go in order:

Is poetry nonfiction and fiction? Yes, it can be either! Poetry is really just a form for telling a story or sharing a message. In other words, it’s the content of the poem that determines whether it’s nonfiction or fiction. For example, Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson and Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai are both books written in verse, both about girls growing up in the United States in the past. But Brown Girl Dreaming is a memoir about the author’s real life, while Inside Out and Back Again tells a fictional story. That makes Brown Girl Dreaming nonfiction and Inside Out and Back Again fiction, even though both books are in verse.

Brown Girl Dreaming_ Jacqueline Woodson     inside-out-and-back-again

But if you’re just trying to figure out where to find poetry books at the library or bookstore, there’s usually a section specifically for books that are collections of poems, like Laugh-eteria and Bing Bang Boing by Douglas Florian.


Of course, if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for, we can help with that too! That leads us to your second question: What is a good poetry book?

To start, check out our Books for Poetry Month blog post, which includes our personal picks:

  • A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms, written by Paul B. Janeczko and illustrated by Chris Raschka (Karen’s pick)
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein (Nancy’s pick)


a-kick-in-the-head   where-the-sidewalk-ends

You can also hear us talking about these books in the podcast episode, “Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue.”

Of course, Kidsmomo is all about connecting young readers with each other. So instead of just getting book recommendations from old fogeys like Karen and Nancy, check out these Reviews by You(th):

LoveThatDog-SharonCreech  hate-that-cat  A Pizza the Size of the Sun

Aaron, we hope that gives you some good ideas for your next read!

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You Asked, We Answered: Historical Fiction

December 4th, 2016 by

On October 30, 2016, Kidsmomo reader Cassie asked us for book recommendations based on her interests:

I love to read Historical fiction and I need help . Do you have a idea

Cassie, thank you for sending in your question! Historical fiction happens to be one of Nancy’s favorite book genres, so this will be a piece of cake. Well, several pieces of cake, since there are so many interesting eras that authors can write about!


Nancy (post-Thanksgiving meal size) is on the historical fiction case!

To start, check out our Timeless Historical Fiction blog post, which includes many classics and our personal picks:

  • A Long Way From Chicago and A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck (Karen’s pick)
  • By the Great Horn Spoon by Sid Fleischman (Nancy’s pick)

a-long-way-from-chicago a_year_down_yonder by-the-great-horn-spoon

You can also hear us talking about these books in the podcast episode, “History Repeating”.

In addition to our Timeless Historical Fiction book list, you can also check out these books written after we compiled that list:

  • Sugar by Jewell Parker Rhodes (post-Civil War 1860s)
  • One Came Home by Amy Timberlake (1871)
  • Salt: A Story of Friendship in a Time of War by Helen Frost (War of 1812)
  • Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper (1930s)
  • Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk (1930s)
  • Listening for Lucca by Suzanne M. LaFleur (World War II)
  • The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (World War II)
  • Night on Fire by Ronald Kidd (1960s)
  • Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (1970s)
  • Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai (Vietnam War, 1975)
  • Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo (1975)
  • One Crazy Summer, P.S. Be Eleven, and Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia (1968)
  • Finding Someplace by Denise Lewis Patrick (Hurricane Katrina, 2005)


If you’re not sure what era to travel to, check out Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan: The book sweeps across decades and continents, from Nazi Germany to Depression-era Pennsylvania, and more — all tied together by the power of music. Another story that spans multiple time periods is the beautifully illustrated book The Marvels by Brian Selznick.

Echo Pam Munoz Ryan  Marvels Brian Selznick

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Farewell, Natalie Babbitt

November 27th, 2016 by

tuck-everlastingWe’ve spent the last few days stuffing our faces, relaxing on the couch, and wishing we never had to return to the real world. But we didn’t want to let the month end without a tribute to beloved author Natalie Babbitt, who passed away on October 31st.

You probably know her as the author of Tuck Everlasting, the story of a girl who meets an immortal family and has the option to join them. Tuck Everlasting is definitely Babbitt’s most famous book, and was also adapted into a movie and a Broadway musical. But it started as a gift from Babbitt to her then 4-year-old daughter, Lucy, after Lucy woke up crying one day because she was scared of dying. Babbitt decided to write the story of Tuck Everlasting because she didn’t want Lucy to be anxious about death.

Babbitt’s other books include:

  • Goody Hall, a mystery set in a strange mansion
  • Kneeknock Rise, about a boy who visits a small village and tries to get to the bottom of an unearthly moaning noise in the mountains nearby
  • The Search for Delicious, which follows the journey of a young messenger taking a poll for the king, in order to determine the best example of the meaning of “delicious”
  • The Devil’s Storybook, a book of short stories about — who else? — the devil
  • The Moon Over High Street, in which an orphan has a sudden chance at a brand new life

Some of these books also include artwork by Babbitt, who began her career as a children’s book illustrator. Babbitt got her start when she did the illustrations to go along with her husband’s story in a picture book called The Forty-Ninth Magician.

Of course, as we know, Babbitt went on to be both an author and an artist — and her books have captivated generations of young readers over the years. Through the many stories she shared with the world, it seems safe to say that Babbitt lived up to this advice given by one of the characters in Tuck Everlasting: “Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.”

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Review & Easter Eggs

November 20th, 2016 by


It’s finally time, you guys… As author/goddess J.K. Rowling recently said, now is “the dawn of the Age of Hufflepuff“!!!!! Could there be any better news than that?!

Well, if you’re not a die-hard Badger like Karen, maybe you don’t care quite as much about that and you’re just excited about a new story from the Harry Potter universe. Fair enough. Either way, with the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, this is a good weekend to be a Potterhead!

Like any other obsessed fans, we got tickets to see the film on opening night, November 18th. Here’s our review:

Nancy: I liked the movie, mostly because we were back in the Wizarding World! The movie was a good set-up for this pre-Harry Potter-era, and I’m very excited to see what happens in the next four movies.

Karen: I agree; being back in the Harry Potter world was definitely the best part for me. In fact, if I weren’t already a Harry Potter fan, I probably would not have enjoyed this movie. I don’t think it really stands on its own. Then again, as you say, it’s the first in a series of five films, so maybe that’s okay!

Nancy: My favorite scenes were the ones with the Niffler creature and a very powerful wizard we’ve never met before, Percival Graves. Also, there’s a scene where a strudel pastry is made magically. Yum!

Karen: YES! I wish I could cook and bake with a wand! But I also really enjoyed seeing all the pastries made the old-fashioned way by Jacob Kowalski, the American No-Maj who gets mixed up in wizarding business. Actually, I think he was my favorite character.

We can’t get into really reviewing the movie for Potterheards without getting into the magical details, so get ready for SERIOUS SPOILERS AHEAD. Don’t read on if you haven’t seen the movie!

7 Things Harry Potter Fans Would Recognize

(a.k.a. Things We Noticed, Looked Over to Our Friends, Pointed at the Screen, Smiled Excitedly, and Nodded Knowingly At)

Nifflers and Bowtruckles

First introduced in Goblet of Fire, Nifflers are furry, dark-haired creatures who like to find treasure (and according to this movie, hoard quite a bit of it magically in their bodies!). The Niffler in FBAWTFT is quite a sassy scene-stealer, and like Ron Weasley, we would all like to have one as a pet.


Niffler: Best. Character. Ever.

Bowtruckles are small, twig-like creatures that guard wand-wood trees. They first appear in Order of the Phoenix, in Professor Grubbly-Planks’ Care of Magical Creatures class. Like most class subjects, with the exception of Defense of the Dark Arts, Harry Potter has trouble with Bowtruckles in school. Newt Scamander’s favorite Bowtruckle, named “Pickett,” plays a key role in FBAWTFT.


“Call me Groot one more time and I’ll bite you!”

Newt is a Hufflepuff

It’s been long established that Newt is a Hufflepuff, but it was nice to see his house subtly represented with his scarf in his suitcase.



Karen heading back to Hogwarts and Hufflepuff House a few years back. Maybe she’ll see Newt at a reunion some day!

Albus Dumbledore

When Percival Graves interrogates Newt, he name-drops Professor Dumbledore, but as we come to realize in one of the last scenes in FBAWTFT, Graves knows a lot more about Dumbledore than he lets on… Rumor has it that a young Dumbledore will be appearing in the next movie!

The Deathly Hallows

When Graves gives a necklace to Credence, it’s very clearly the symbol of the Deathly Hallows, which represents the Resurrection Stone, the Invisibility Cloak, and the Elder Wand — all things Voldemort and Gellert Grindelwald were seeking.


Left: Credence; Right: Percival Graves (with the Deathly Hallows hanging in the back!)


At the beginning of the movie, newspaper headlines bring the audience up to speed on what’s going on in the Wizarding World. At one point, we see the headline, “Soccer: Quidditch for No-Majs?”, so it looks like Quidditch is just as popular in North America as it is in Europe.

In addition, the helmet and protective gear that Newt gives Jacob to protect his skull and body looks a bit like an early version of Ron’s Keeper uniform. Newt also answers, “I’m more of a chaser, really,” when asked if he is a seeker of truth. Could Quidditch play a role in some of the later films? We’ll see!

Leta Lestrange

Newt’s Hogwarts school chum was Leta Lestrange, whom we’ll see in the sequels. She’s from the family that Bellatrix Lestrange (boo! hiss!) married into.


Porpentina “Tina” Goldstein (and future Mrs. Scamander)

Even though the romance between Newt and Tina has just begun in FBAWTFT, we’re pretty sure they’re eventually going to live happily ever after! As we already know from Pottermore, their marriage eventually leads to their grandson Rolf Scamander, also a magizoologist, who marries Luna Lovegood.

Did we miss any other connections between FBAWTFT and the original Harry Potter books? Leave a comment and share! And also tell us: What did you think of the movie? What do you think will happen in the sequels?

icon_nancyNancy can’t decide if it’s worth saying “Fuh-Baw-Tuft” (FBAWTFT) or just say the full title as is. “Fuhbawtuft” does potentially sound like a magical spell…


icon_karenKaren was disappointed there wasn’t more Hufflepuff stuff in the movie. Hopefully her house will get their due in future films!

Back-to-School Book Giveaway!

September 5th, 2016 by

2016-btsWell, it’s Labor Day. The unofficial end of summer. Goodbye, swimming pool. Goodbye, barbecues. Goodbye, beach time. And most monumentally: Goodbye, summer break.

On the other hand, hello to seeing your friends every day. Hello to new beginnings. Hello to your favorite clubs and sports. And hello, Kidsmomo sweepstakes!

To celebrate the start of a new school year (or to soften the blow, depending on how you look at it), we’re hosting a Back-to-School Book Giveaway! With this new pack of books in your bag, you’re sure to be the envy of all your friends, frenemies, actual enemies, and most importantly, your crushes! Well, maybe not… But we’ve still got a big pack of awesome books to give away!



  • The World from Up Here by Cecilia Galante
  • Saving Wonder by Mary Knight
  • Big Wish by Brandon Robshaw
  • Summerlost by Ally Condie
  • Josh Baxter Levels Up by Gavin Brown
  • Allie, First at Last by Angela Cervantes
  • Life of Zarf by Rob Harrell


  • My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula J. Freedman (signed by the author!)
  • It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas
  • As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds
  • The Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd
  • Save Me a Seat by Gita Varadarajan and Sarah Weeks
  • Class Dismissed by Allan Woodrow
  • Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis

This sweepstakes is now closed. See official rules.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child — FINALLY!

July 31st, 2016 by

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Rehearsal ScriptA few months ago, we shared the exciting news that the official 8th story in the Harry Potter saga was on its way. Well, the wait is now over: As of today (Harry Potter’s birthday), the Special Rehearsal Edition of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is now available!

If you recall, this is a printing of the full script for the new Cursed Child stage play in London, which follows the lives of Harry and his family 19 years after the main action in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. At first, we thought only those lucky enough to watch the play would be able to see what unfolds, but thanks to this printing, wizards and witches all over the world (including us!) can now catch up with the Boy Who Lived.

Let’s all do a Dumbledore dance of joy!



Okay, now that we’ve gotten that out of our systems…

If you want to see how some other Potterheads celebrated the occasion, check out this video from Scholastic, the American publishers of the Harry Potter books. We both used to work there, but sadly, we left way before The Cursed Child came about. So we were not part of this “MuggleMob” — although we wish we could have been!

So, if you’re a Harry Potter fan, what are YOU doing to celebrate the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed ChildDid you attend a midnight release party? Did you clear your calendar for today in order to read uninterrupted? Are you wearing any gear to show your house pride? Leave a comment and share your Cursed Child activities!

And obviously, please share your thoughts on the book too! (But please, no spoilers! We haven’t finished reading it yet. Speaking of which… gotta go!)

You Asked, We Answered: Paranormal Romance

June 19th, 2016 by

On June 16, 2016, Kidsmomo reader Emily asked us for book recommendations based on her interests:

I love teen paranormal romance books but I don’t know what I should read next.

Well, Emily, we’d love to help! A lot of thought, and then furious typing, immediately occurred when we saw your message:


Emily, teen paranormal romance books are very popular these days, but there are so many of them! To avoid a ridiculously long list, we’ve skipped over the most well-known series, like Twilight (for ages 13+). Click on the description links below to see the entirety of the official publisher overview for each book:

[Note: Some of these books are recommended for older readers, so take note of the age ranges listed under the titles.]

Never Ever by Sara SaediNever Ever by Sara Saedi
Ages 12+

Speedy Summary: Peter Pan retelling, flying, romance, family issues.

Wylie Dalton didn’t believe in fairy tales or love at first sight. Then she met a real-life Peter Pan.

Full Description

When Wylie encounters Phinn — confident, mature, and devastatingly handsome — at a party the night before her brother goes to juvie, she can’t believe how fast she falls for him. And that’s before he shows her how to fly.

Soon Wylie and her brothers find themselves whisked away to a mysterious tropical island off the coast of New York City where nobody ages beyond 17 and life is a constant party. Wylie’s in heaven: now her brother won’t go to jail and she can escape her over-scheduled life with all its woes and responsibilities — permanently.

But the deeper Wylie falls for Phinn, the more she begins to discover has been kept from her and her brothers. Somebody on the island has been lying to her, but the truth can’t stay hidden forever.



Rebel of the Sands_Alywyn HamiltonRebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Ages 12+

Speedy Summary: Annie Oakley’s Wild West meets evil genies and mythical beasts a la Aladdin.

She’s more gunpowder than girl — and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Full Description

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him… or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.




The Darkest Minds Alexandra BrackenThe Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Ages 12+

Speedy Summary: One of Nancy’s favorite series! Teenagers with special powers, and the government doesn’t know what to do with them. The romance is light, but really addicting.

When Ruby woke up on her 10th birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police.

Full Description

Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now 16, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her — East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

Fallen_Lauren KateFallen by Lauren Kate
Ages 13+

Speedy Summary: Fallen angels, private school, a little cheesy, and lots of romance.

What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours?

Full Description

Seventeen-year-old Lucinda falls in love with a gorgeous, intelligent boy, Daniel, at her new school, the grim, foreboding Sword & Cross… only to find out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good and evil forces plot to keep them apart.

Get ready to fall… 




Shiver_Maggie StiefvtaerShiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
Ages 13+

Speedy Summary: A typical girl meets boy love story, but the boy happens to be a werewolf.

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf — her wolf — is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without.

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Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human — or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.


Soundless Richelle MeadSoundless by Richelle Mead
Ages 12+

Speedy Summary: A fantasy set in China, deafness, and social class systems to deal with.

For as long as Fei can remember, no one in her village has been able to hear.

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Rocky terrain and frequent avalanches make it impossible to leave the village, so Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom.

When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink. Many go hungry. Fei and all the people she loves are plunged into crisis, with nothing to look forward to but darkness and starvation.

One girl hears a call to action…

Until one night, Fei is awoken by a searing noise. Sound becomes her weapon.

She sets out to uncover what’s happened to her and to fight the dangers threatening her village. A handsome miner with a revolutionary spirit accompanies Fei on her quest, bringing with him new risks and the possibility of romance. They embark on a majestic journey from the peak of their jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiguo, where a startling truth will change their lives forever…

And unlocks a power that will save her people.



ForbiddenWish_BOM.inddThe Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
Ages 12+

Speedy Summary: Another retelling of Aladdin, with a female genie that totally kicks butt (and possibly falls in love with him).

She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world…

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When Aladdin discovers Zahra’s jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn’t seen in hundreds of years — a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra’s very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes.

But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity — only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: Is winning her freedom worth losing her heart?

As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire in this dazzling retelling of Aladdin from acclaimed author Jessica Khoury.



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