THINGS WE DIDN’T SAY: A NOVEL, by Amy Lynn Green, Bethany Books

Headstrong Johanna Berglund, a linguistics student at the University of Minnesota, has very definite plans for her future . . . plans that do not include returning to her hometown and the secrets and heartaches she left behind there. But the US Army wants her to work as a translator at a nearby camp for … Continue reading THINGS WE DIDN’T SAY: A NOVEL, by Amy Lynn Green, Bethany Books

THE DOLLAR KIDS, By Jennifer Richard Jacobson, Illustrated by Ryan Andrews, Candlewick Press

When a family buys a house in a struggling town for just one dollar, they’re hoping to start over — but have they traded one set of problems for another? Twelve-year-old Lowen Grover, a budding comic-book artist, is still reeling from the shooting death of his friend Abe when he stumbles across an article about … Continue reading THE DOLLAR KIDS, By Jennifer Richard Jacobson, Illustrated by Ryan Andrews, Candlewick Press

CATCHING STARS, by Cayla Keenan, Of Tomes Publishing

Witch. Betrayal. Hunted. Jayin Ijaad is in hiding. A witch with powerful abilities, she carves out a life for herself in the slums of Pavaal, a city rotting from the inside out. When an old acquaintance tracks her down, Jayin is dragged back into a world she tried to escape -- and is determined to … Continue reading CATCHING STARS, by Cayla Keenan, Of Tomes Publishing

THE BRIDGE, by Peter J. Tomasi, Illustrated by Sara Duvall, Abrams Comicarts/Abrams Books, Hachette Book Group

More than 130 years after its completion, the Brooklyn Bridge remains one of the most extraordinary landmarks and symbols of Brooklyn and New York City—and the story behind this architectural marvel is just as extraordinary. The Brooklyn Bridge was originally designed by John Augustus Roebling, but it was his son, Washington, and his daughter-in-law, Emily, … Continue reading THE BRIDGE, by Peter J. Tomasi, Illustrated by Sara Duvall, Abrams Comicarts/Abrams Books, Hachette Book Group

INK, by Alice Broadway, Scholastic Press

From the second you're born, every achievement, every failing, and every significant moment are all immortalized on your skin.  There are honorable marks that let people know you're trustworthy.  And shameful tattoos that announce you as a traitor. After her father dies, Leora finds solace in the fact that his skin tells a wonderful story.  … Continue reading INK, by Alice Broadway, Scholastic Press

American Heart, by Laura Moriarty, Harper Teen, Book Review

Description: Imagine a United States in which registries and detainment camps for Muslim-Americans are a reality.Fifteen-year-old Sarah-Mary Williams of Hannibal, Missouri, lives in this world, and though she has strong opinions on almost everything, she isn’t concerned with the internments because she doesn’t know any Muslims. She assumes that everything she reads and sees in … Continue reading American Heart, by Laura Moriarty, Harper Teen, Book Review