February 7, 2023

Movement Makers: How Young Activists Upended the Politics of Climate Change

Growing up with an impending sense of doom from the threat to our planet, younger generations feel a deep sense of urgency around the issue of climate change. In Movement Makers, Nick Engelfried recounts the history of youth-led climate activism in the 21st century.

Engelfried divides this history into three parts: first, he examines the […]


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 22, 2022

Moonlight Can Be Deadly (A Discount Detective Mystery #4)

Charlotte Stuart hits all the cozy mystery marks with a well-balanced blend of quirky characters, odd twists, and lively writing—adding a dollop of droll political commentary for added flavor.

Cameron Chandler likes her job as a detective for Penny-wise Investigations: Discount Detective Agency; she enjoys her co-workers, including her glamorous boss P.W. and her trivia-spouting […]


November 8, 2022

Nad of Nadidé

Palestinian-American Wagih Abu-Rish’s Nad of Nadidé is an engaging novel centered around a young couples’ relationship amidst the upheaval of cultural, religious, and political obstacles.

Fareed is the beloved son of renowned London neurosurgeon parents. His mother is of Irish descent and his father is from Palestine. When Fareed’s relationship with an arrogant, abusive woman […]


October 3, 2022

Elvia and the Gift of Passion: Tales by Moons-Light Series

In Ballard’s third book in the Tales by Moons-light series, a ten-year-old girl who feels imprisoned by overprotective parents longs for adventure.

On a wildlife safari trip her mother won, Elvia sneaks away, is chased by a lion, and escapes into an outhouse. There, she’s pulled through a space-time tunnel and lands on a distant […]


July 4, 2022

Great-Grandpa and the Magic Locket

A boy is given a gift that allows him to see the hidden magic inside other people in the children’s picture book Great-Grandpa and the Magic Locket.

Jimmy isn’t thrilled to be going with his mother to visit his great-grandfather. Then, turning down Great-Grandpa’s driveway, their car seems to become a boat and the road […]


May 30, 2022

Pretend Plumber

Stephanie Barbé Hammer’s entertaining young adult novel focuses on a smart, sassy, bi-curious Jewish teenage girl.

As usual, Sarassine’s parents aren’t there to help when a major plumbing problem erupts at their house. She decides to run to her grandfather’s condo, but not before her cranky, ever-suspicious grandmother arrives and accuses Sarassine of causing the […]


May 23, 2022

Flight Feathers

Gwendolyn Morgan’s poetry collection, Flight Feathers, juxtaposes man’s destructive actions against the wonders of nature, while intertwining stories of dying and its attendant grief.

Morgan was Washington State’s Clark County Poet Laureate from 2018-2020. She’s also an artist and has worked in interfaith spiritual care in medical settings, tending to the sacred art of dying.



April 11, 2022

Rotten Fruit in an Unkempt Garden: A Memoir in Poetry and Prose

In his unconventional memoir, Michael Nanfito uses poetry and prose to revisit his past family trauma and life on the edges of society.

Nanfito’s story mainly concerns 1970 to 1981, when the author “loved living a dare,” and “friends” introduced him to the “ant trade”: “moving small amounts of contraband to local dealers and collecting […]


March 21, 2022

Key Man

Allen K. Huffstutter’s winning new police procedural follows two Los Angeles police detectives on the trail of an unusual serial killer.

When CEO Henry Watson is murdered by car bomb, grizzled LAPD long-timer Sam Siemen and his new partner, introverted rookie Ski Johnson, wind up with the case. The two cops are at a dead […]