THE CURSE OF MISTY WAYFAIR, by Jaime Jo Wright, Bethany House Publishing, Graf-Martin

Left at an orphanage as a child, Thea Reed vowed to find her mother someday. Now grown, her search takes her to Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin, in 1908. When clues lead her to a mental asylum, Thea uses her experience as a post-mortem photographer to gain access and assist groundskeeper Simeon Coyle in photographing the patients … Continue reading THE CURSE OF MISTY WAYFAIR, by Jaime Jo Wright, Bethany House Publishing, Graf-Martin

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THE HIDDEN PLACE, by C.J. Tudor, Doubleday Canada, Crown Publishing, Penguin Random House, MUST BUY

Joe never wanted to come back to Arnhill. After the way things ended with his old gang--the betrayal, the suicide, the murder--and after what happened when his sister went missing, the last thing he wanted to do was return to his hometown. But Joe doesn't have a choice. Because judging by what was done to … Continue reading THE HIDDEN PLACE, by C.J. Tudor, Doubleday Canada, Crown Publishing, Penguin Random House, MUST BUY

CHICKS RULE! by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, Illustrated Renee Kurilla, Harry N. Abrams, Abrams Kids, Manda

All in step with wing in wing . . . Chicks can conquer anything! Nerdy Chick has been waiting all day for the Rocket Club meeting. But when she gets there, she finds a disturbing sign tacked to the door: “NO CHICKS ALLOWED!!!” Puzzled, then baffled, then just plain mad, Nerdy Chick sets out to … Continue reading CHICKS RULE! by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, Illustrated Renee Kurilla, Harry N. Abrams, Abrams Kids, Manda

ECHO NORTH, by Joanna Ruth Meyer, Page Street Kids/Manda Group

Echo Alkaev’s safe and carefully structured world falls apart after her father leaves for the city and mysteriously disappears. Believing he is lost forever, Echo is shocked to find him half-frozen in the winter forest six months later, guarded by a strange talking wolf—the same creature who attacked her as a child. The wolf presents … Continue reading ECHO NORTH, by Joanna Ruth Meyer, Page Street Kids/Manda Group

WHERE’S THE LLAMA? AN AROUND-THE-WORLD ADVENTURE, by Michael O’Mara, Andrews McMeel Publishing

Get ready for a whole llotta llama drama! Word has reached the Andes that everyone's going bananas over llamas!  Intrigued, an intrepid herd have decided to "alpaca" their bags and set off on the ultimate round-the-world adventure to meet their fans. Out September 2018 48 pages approx. MY THOUGHTS: I received this book in exchange … Continue reading WHERE’S THE LLAMA? AN AROUND-THE-WORLD ADVENTURE, by Michael O’Mara, Andrews McMeel Publishing

LITERARY WONDERLANDS: JOURNEY THROUGH THE GREATEST FICTIONAL WORLDS EVER CREATED, by Laura Miller, General Editor, Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers

Out November 2016 A glorious, full-illustrated collection that delves deep into the inception, influences, and literary and historical underpinnings of nearly 100 of our most beloved fictional realms. Literary Wonderlands is a thoroughly researched, wonderfully written, and beautifully produced book that spans two thousand years of creative endeavor. From Spenser's The Fairie Queene to Wells's … Continue reading LITERARY WONDERLANDS: JOURNEY THROUGH THE GREATEST FICTIONAL WORLDS EVER CREATED, by Laura Miller, General Editor, Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers

THEODORE AND THE ENCHANTED BOOKSTORE, TALE OF THE SPECTACULAR SPECTACLES, by K. Kibbee, Illustrations by J.H. Winter, Incorgnito Publishing Press

Book One Out July 2017 Living life as a bumbling breadbox with fur, was hardship enough for Theodore the Corgi, but when the young dog finds himself cold and alone in a frightening animal shelter, it’s clear that his struggles have only just begun. Labeled “unadoptable,” by shelter staff, Theodore mires in the gloom until … Continue reading THEODORE AND THE ENCHANTED BOOKSTORE, TALE OF THE SPECTACULAR SPECTACLES, by K. Kibbee, Illustrations by J.H. Winter, Incorgnito Publishing Press

TRAPPED IN A VIDEO GAME: RETURN TO DOOM ISLAND, by Dustin Brady, A.M. Universal

Alistair Gregory, the man who figured out how to put people into video games, is not what he seems. Jesse Rigsby is sure of that. Jesse’s sure of something else too — he’s being watched. To unravel the mystery, Jesse’s going to have to transform himself into a superspy with serious retro gaming skills. Can … Continue reading TRAPPED IN A VIDEO GAME: RETURN TO DOOM ISLAND, by Dustin Brady, A.M. Universal

7 GENERATIONS: STONE, by David Alexander Robertson and Scott B. Henderson, Highwater Press

  Stone introduces Edwin, a young man who must discover his family’s past if he is to have any future. Edwin learns of his ancestor Stone, a young Plains Cree man, who came of age in the early 19th century. Following a vision quest, Stone aspires to be like his older brother, Bear, a member … Continue reading 7 GENERATIONS: STONE, by David Alexander Robertson and Scott B. Henderson, Highwater Press

HEADS AND TAILS, by John Canty, Candlewick Press

Heads and Tails by John Canty is an extraordinary children's picture book. Leveraging the natural and universal fascination that children have with animals, the book utilises hints and recognition to build a sense of anticipation on each page, that is resolved on the following page when the identity of the animal is discovered. Young readers … Continue reading HEADS AND TAILS, by John Canty, Candlewick Press