APPARITION, by Gail Gallant, Doubleday Canada, Random House Canada

The last time seventeen-year-old Amelia Mackenzie saw her best friend Matthew alive, he broke her heart. When he is found the next day in an abandoned barn at the edge of town, an apparent suicide, Amelia's whole world comes crashing down. And then she sees him again. Because Amelia has a secret that even Matthew … Continue reading APPARITION, by Gail Gallant, Doubleday Canada, Random House Canada

THE HIPPO AT THE END OF THE HALL, by Helen Cooper, Candlewick Press

The invitation was delivered by bees. It wasn’t addressed to anyone at all, but Ben knew it was for him. It would lead him to an old, shambolic museum, full of strange and bewitching creatures. A peculiar world of hidden mysteries and curious family secrets . . . and some really dangerous magic. Filled with … Continue reading THE HIPPO AT THE END OF THE HALL, by Helen Cooper, Candlewick Press

THE STARSPUN WEB, by Sinead O’Hart, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, Random House Children’s Books, Penguin Random House

For fans of Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy comes a thrilling adventure about a brave girl who finds a portal to parallel worlds, and must protect her secret from the evil forces trying to capture it. All her life, Tess has lived at Miss Ackerbee's orphanage with her friends and her pet tarantula, Violet. But … Continue reading THE STARSPUN WEB, by Sinead O’Hart, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, Random House Children’s Books, Penguin Random House

GET OUT OF BED YOU SCURVY DOG! by Jeanette Maska, Independent

A wacky twelve-year old, Thomas Delaney is struggling to survive middle school. Bedridden with a high fever, he begins to read Treasure Island and is drawn into a wild seafaring adventure. Reality collides with Imagination and chaos ensues. Out August 2019 148 Pages Apprx. MY THOUGHTS: I received this book in exchange for my honest … Continue reading GET OUT OF BED YOU SCURVY DOG! by Jeanette Maska, Independent

BLACK BEAUTY, by Anna Sewell, Illustrated by Christian Birmingham, Candlewick Press

Over fifty stunning illustrations from acclaimed artist Christian Birmingham bring this treasured classic new life. When Black Beauty was born one sweet spring day, he could not have imagined the life ahead of him. Following his mother's advice to do his work with a good will, he enjoys the adventures of country and city life, … Continue reading BLACK BEAUTY, by Anna Sewell, Illustrated by Christian Birmingham, Candlewick Press

FIREFLY HOME, by Jane Clarke, Illustrated by Britta Teckentrup, Nosy Crow, Candlewick Press

There’s no place like home, but poor Florence Firefly is lost, and there are so many bright lights shining in the night sky she doesn’t know which way to go. She’ll need some help to find her way back home. In this brilliant interactive picture book, children can help Florence on her journey by encouraging … Continue reading FIREFLY HOME, by Jane Clarke, Illustrated by Britta Teckentrup, Nosy Crow, Candlewick Press

The Raymie Nightingale Three-Book Collection, by Kate DiCamillo, Candlewick Press

Kate DiCamillo's sequence of novels about the Three Rancheros is now complete -- and with this beautiful hardcover boxed set, readers can savor all three. First came Raymie Nightingale, the "triumphant and necessary book"* that would become a National Book Award Finalist. Then followed the tender Louisiana's Way Home, featuring "one of DiCamillo's most singular … Continue reading The Raymie Nightingale Three-Book Collection, by Kate DiCamillo, Candlewick Press

WHAT MAKES US, by Rafi Mittlefehldt, Candlewick Press

A viral video reveals a teen’s dark family history, leaving him to reckon with his heritage, legacy, and identity in this fiery, conversation-starting novel. Eran Sharon knows nothing of his father except that he left when Eran was a baby. Now a senior in high school and living with his protective but tight-lipped mother, Eran … Continue reading WHAT MAKES US, by Rafi Mittlefehldt, Candlewick Press

THE CHRISTMAS PARTY, by Karen Swan, PGC, Pan Macmillan

The Christmas Party is a delicious, page-turning story of romance, family and secrets, by the Sunday Times bestselling author Karen Swan. When Declan Lorne, the last remaining knight in Ireland, dies suddenly, an ancient title passes with him. But his estate on Ireland’s rugged south-west coast is left to his three daughters. The two eldest, … Continue reading THE CHRISTMAS PARTY, by Karen Swan, PGC, Pan Macmillan

CREAKERS, by Tom Fletcher, Illustrated by Shane Devries, Random House

What silently waits in the shadows at night? What's under your bed, keeping just out of sight? Do you ever hear strange, creaking noises at night? Ever wonder what makes those noises? Lucy Dungston always did. Until, one morning, Lucy discovers that all the grown-ups have disappeared - as if into thin air. Chaos descends … Continue reading CREAKERS, by Tom Fletcher, Illustrated by Shane Devries, Random House