‘The Last House on the Street’ by Diane Chamberlain grips readers with a story of terror and a look back at the horror of bigotry and violence during a time of civil rights activism

Last House on the Street by Diane Chamberlain Diane Chamberlain grabs us from the first few pages in "The Last House on the Street," when main character Kayla is confronted by a hostile woman, masquerading as a prospective client, who unsettlingly knows more than is comfortable about Kayla and the recent death of her husband, … Continue reading ‘The Last House on the Street’ by Diane Chamberlain grips readers with a story of terror and a look back at the horror of bigotry and violence during a time of civil rights activism

‘Ripped Away’ is historical fantasy as two kids travel back to London at the time of Jack the Ripper

Ripped Away by Shirley Reva Vernick "Ripped Away" by Shirley Reva Vernick is a middle grade novel, almost a novella, really, at a bit over 100 pages, featuring first person narrator Abe Pearlman. In his very relatable, charming narrative he describes his lonely existence. He's not in any school clubs nor does he play sports. … Continue reading ‘Ripped Away’ is historical fantasy as two kids travel back to London at the time of Jack the Ripper

‘The Unforgettable Logan Foster’ by Shawn Peters is a middle grade superhero fantasy kids will love

The Unforgettable Logan Foster by Shawn Peters "The Unforgettable Logan Foster" by Shawn Peters is a middle grade story that lives up to its title -- it's charming and filled with so much adventure and so many incredible characters that the book will be just that -- unforgettable. It's both rare and wonderful to find … Continue reading ‘The Unforgettable Logan Foster’ by Shawn Peters is a middle grade superhero fantasy kids will love

‘The Last Dance of the Debutante’ by Julia Kelly is a frothy tale of parties and upper-class British snobbery but it’s touching and inspiring

The Last Dance of the Debutante by Julia Kelly "The Last Dance of the Debutante," Julia Kelly's historical fiction about the last group of British debutantes who got presented at Court to the Queen in 1958 is, as might be said about many of the debutantes, a frothy delight. Getting to sneak vicariously into debutante … Continue reading ‘The Last Dance of the Debutante’ by Julia Kelly is a frothy tale of parties and upper-class British snobbery but it’s touching and inspiring

‘Wayward Creatures’ by Dayna Lorentz is an important story about a boy and how difficult it is to deal with emotions when feeling isolated

Wayward Creatures by Dayna Lorentz I was captivated by the title and the cover of "Wayward Creatures" by Dayna Lorentz. In all honesty, the cover is a bit misleading -- the boy does not interact much with the injured coyote, and, very appropriately, they do not become friends. Nor should they. The story of these … Continue reading ‘Wayward Creatures’ by Dayna Lorentz is an important story about a boy and how difficult it is to deal with emotions when feeling isolated

‘Find Me’ by Alafair Burke is a mystery filled with red herrings and possibilities

FInd Me by Alafair Burke In Alafair Burke's gripping new release, "Find Me," what appears to be the biggest mystery from the start ends up not being as important as the many other questions and problems that arise over the course of this well-written, engaging novel. We meet Hope Miller, someone who lost her memory … Continue reading ‘Find Me’ by Alafair Burke is a mystery filled with red herrings and possibilities

‘Boy Underground’ by Catherine Ryan Hyde is a coming of age story of a gay teen in the 1940s

Boy Underground by Catherine Ryan Hyde "Boy Underground" is the title of Catherine Ryan Hyde's newest novel, and the title has a double meaning. On one hand, the title refers to Nick, who is main character Steven Katz' best friend, and who is also Steven's romantic crush. Because of an unbelievable betrayal by Nick's father, … Continue reading ‘Boy Underground’ by Catherine Ryan Hyde is a coming of age story of a gay teen in the 1940s

‘The Last Rose of Shanghai’ by Weina Dai Randel is a gripping novel about turbulent life in wartime China

The Last Rose of Shanghai by Weina Dai Randel "The Last Rose of Shanghai" by Weina Dai Randel paints a vivid portrait of life in Shanghai during WWII, during the Japanese occupation both before and after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. It's an in-depth study of not only the Jewish refugee situation, but also how … Continue reading ‘The Last Rose of Shanghai’ by Weina Dai Randel is a gripping novel about turbulent life in wartime China