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, […]


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 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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


April 25, 2022

The Faithful Dog: A Civil War Novel

This middle-grade historical novel opens in the early days of the American Civil War and largely follows the adventures and misadventures of a dog.

Late in 1861, a family of German immigrants in Chicago is in turmoil as the patriarch, Louis, prepares to join a Union regiment being assembled by the family of his wife […]


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 […]


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 […]