November 15, 2022


Torn is a short, quietly engaging young adult novel about health and empathy.

The novel is narrated by Perry, a high school track runner who seriously hurts his knee after trying to catch a young thief stealing a package from his porch. He later discovers the thief is dating his younger sister and is one […]


August 8, 2022

Mystery Boy

Lester Murray’s Mystery Boy begins with an intriguing scene: A police officer finishing his rounds discovers a naked young boy shivering under a heap of old newspapers in an empty house.

The boy, about 11 or 12 years old, can’t speak. He’s brought to a foster mom, who calls him Mikey. He’s then taken in […]


June 6, 2022

Snowlands: A Blood Moon (Book One)

Morr Meroz’s Snowlands is an ambitious graphic novel centering on the young wolf cub Feba.

Feba is solidly white, a feature so rare that it sparks fear and superstition among the wolf pack. When the sheep disappear from the Snowlands, a hostile terrain the wolves share with other creatures, pack leaders blame the young orphan […]


May 30, 2022

The Orloj of Paris: The Orloj Series: Vol. 3


In part three of Erasmus Cromwell-Smith II’s fantastical Orloj series, a favorite eccentric professor, known for sharing his remarkable lecture series with students around the globe, once again takes readers along on his “magical journey down memory lane.”

The beloved pedagogue describes his adventurous youth at age 14 in and around the city of […]


February 8, 2022

Lost in The Ark

Val Agnew’s absorbing young adult/new adult novel follows a young woman confronting questions of faith and family.

Eighteen-year-old Kate Bennett’s difficult mother has just died, leaving Kate’s father and two younger sisters adrift. Kate blames herself, as her mother had a stroke upon learning Kate would be attending an evangelical bible college, against the family’s […]


January 10, 2022

Love and Other Sins

Love and Other Sins is a fast-paced young adult novel about two damaged teens connecting and learning to trust each other.

Mina is the daughter of Russian immigrants, a high school senior with few close friends but a passion for dance. Oliver is recently emancipated from the foster care system where he has been a […]


December 27, 2021

Taint: A Novel

Janet Kelley’s heartbreaking YA novel explores the power and limits of friendship and the devastating consequences of sexual assault.

Rebecca White is a smart but relatively carefree teenager, enjoying her senior year of high school with her best friend (once her boyfriend), Luke. Then one night Luke tells Rebecca a horrific secret: Weston, one of […]


December 6, 2021

Train from Thompsonville

D.C. Moses’s Train from Thompsonville is a coming-of-age novel that follows a young American Catholic girl of Polish descent.

Growing up during the bleak period of the Great Depression and WWII, Joanna Ludak’s parents Joe and Bertha attempt to make ends meet. Joe works at a shoe company where he faces prejudice, while Bertha tries […]


October 11, 2021


In this rhyming chapter book for young readers, a teen skateboarder looking to become a champion learns valuable lessons about the importance of family and friends over fame and fortune.

In the town of Letitbe, skateboarding is a popular past time. Good guy Bonez, nicknamed for the skeleton boy T-shirt he always wears, strives to […]


August 30, 2021

Twelfth Winter: The Sequel to Summer of Two Worlds

Twelfth Winter is an historical novel set in the late 1800s. The sequel to Summer of Two Worlds, it continues the story of Prairie Cub, a white boy raised by Native Americans.

In this installment, Prairie Cub, now age 12, is taken by white friends to a West Virginia town to live with the Tyler […]


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