February 28, 2023

The Crystal Key: The Dream Rider Saga, Book 2

The engrossing second installment of Douglas Smith’s Dream Rider Saga trilogy sees his superhero teen protagonists, Will, Case and Fader, searching for an ancient artifact. Finding it might help explain the disappearance of Will’s parents, but sinister intruders in his home seem to be searching for something. Is everyone after the same prize? Who will […]


February 14, 2023

Dogs and Demons

R.J. Lee Heroux’s energetic YA fantasy features a version of Olympus ruled not by gods but by talking dogs, protectors of their real-world child companions.

Canine brothers Loki and Buddy watch over James, a boy turning six who enters Olympus through a portal to start school with four other six-year-olds and their dogs. As Loki […]


February 7, 2023

Cultivating Sunshine

What would you pay if you could replace sad memories with happy ones? And what would it cost if those memories were extracted from someone else? J.S.R. Smith examines this question in his post-apocalyptic, young adult novel, Cultivating Sunshine.

In the near-future, Mona, an orphan, leaves the orphanage to live at the Company, a business […]


December 27, 2022


In Dennis Batchelder’s young adult novel Oversight, a girl fights for her destiny and uncovers ancient secrets that pit her against her ally.

Connected to a group called Soul Identity by her special ancient soul line, 17-year-old Zelly is destined to become one of the organization’s overseers when she turns 19. The clandestine organization dictates […]


November 15, 2022

The Hollow Boys: The Dream Rider Saga, Book 1

A Canadian teenager—and secret superhero—is tested to the max in this fast-paced fantasy adventure for young adults.

Homeless kids are disappearing from the streets of Toronto. Journalist Harry Lyle doesn’t know how teen Will Dreycott finds answers, but he tells Will what he knows about missing street boys and hopes Will can supply some leads […]


October 3, 2022

Only Half Human

In Nathaniel Wright’s YA debut, 15-year-old Lesley Robinson joins a community of magical creatures after a physical transformation reveals her formerly unknown heritage.

Lesley lies down one day feeling sick and wakes up with wings, horns, and a tail, forcing her mother Jane to admit that her father is a demon and that Jane herself […]


August 15, 2022

Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex: A Superhero High School Adventure

In Carole P. Roman’s middle-grade book, a 14-year-old boy is desperate to be accepted to a mysterious, highly selective new high school—but is held back by self-doubt and his guardian, who is reluctant to let him attend.

High school is just months away, and Grady is highly insecure about his prospect of getting into Templeton, […]


June 21, 2022

Dawn of the Watchers

Dawn of the Watchers is the second book of Winn Taylor’s Jinx Chronicles, a young adult, metaphysical science fiction series.

As the story begins, a group of intrepid heroes take a ship from the New World Space Station and head to Earth. OI (organic intelligence) is on the brink of extinction, and Earth is empty […]


May 23, 2022

The Orloj of Venice: The Orloj Series: Vol. 2

In The Orloj of Venice, the second in Erasmus Cromwell-Smith II’s imaginative young adult series, a beloved teacher captivates his university students, and others listening to his lectures telecast around the world, with the magical, cathartic events of his past and the life lessons they imparted.

This time, the professor reveals adventures that occurred when […]


March 14, 2022

Moriah Jones: Cerridwen’s Cauldron

In this YA fantasy novel, 15-year-old Moriah Jones sets off on a quest to save her best friend Gwendoline.

Moriah is a half-fey, half-human being. When Gwendoline is abducted, Moriah’s grandmother’s tarot reading tells Moriah that to save Gwendoline, she must find Cerridwen’s Cauldron, the Font (sic) of Knowledge and Wisdom, which hides in the […]


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