p first this year is a sweet historical fiction that published last October, but made it into my hands at the end of the year. I'm not usually a fan of historical fiction, but I gobbled this one up!
Every so often I find a #mglitbook that just gives me #allthefeels This is my most recent one!
ORPHAN ISLAND is a beautiful tale of friendship, independence, and coming of age. Even bough it's been months since I've finished it, I'm still reeling about the the ending!
Up today is In Darkling Wood by Emma Carroll, a heart warming fantasy that I fell head over heels in love with!
Alice can't remember just how long she's been worrying about her little brother, but when he gets his long awaited chance for a heart transplant, she's finally happy. That is until she's shipped off to her estranged grandmother Nell's house for awhile. There's not a lot of good at the house except for the seemingly magical Darkling Wood which lies behind the house.
Edited by Ellen Oh, the cofounder of #weneeddiversebooks, Flying Lessons & Other Stories is a collection of short stories from award-winning and bestselling middle grade authors about basketball dreams, first crushes, family fiascos, new neighborhoods, and more. Celebrating diversity, this is a fabulous coming-of-age collection of stories that speaks to the uniqueness of everyone!
One dark night in France, 1242, several travelers cross paths and begin sharing tales about three extraordinary children: William, an oblate in a mission from his monastery; Jacob, a Jewish boy who has fled from his burning village; and Jeanne, a peasant girl hiding her prophetic visions. Oh, and they're accompanied by Jeanne's greyhound, Gwenforte, recently brought back from the dead.
You could say I've been in a Sherlockian mood, but ever since we finished the most recent (final?) season of Sherlock I've been at a loss.
Needless to say, there are some great retellings out there and I feel as if Holmes himself is getting a revival! This time via a spunky 9-year-old in The Great Shelby Holmes by Elizabeth Eulberg!
The Silver Gate by Kristen Bailey is a beautiful, poignant middle grade tale about family, diversity, and the power of belief.
The Explorers: The Door in the Alley is a middle grade tale of two unlikely friends, a mysterious secret society, a secret past, & a tiny pig in a hat. The story starts when inquisitive Sebastian stumbles upon a strange door. What lies on the other side is full of danger, thugs, missing persons, famous explorers, a lost map, his new friend Evie, and a quest to save family.
Even though Fall is in FULL swing here in the Midwest, I'm throwing it back to some of my sweet summertime reads with today's review!
I found Sarah Dessen's stories as a Freshman in high school, and her books were everything I needed as a teen.
From the moment Jamie Watson meets Charlotte Holmes (yes, THAT Holmes family) the tense energy between them suggests they seem to be more rivals than friends. But when a classmate at Sherringford dies under suspicious circumstances that are modeled after the famous Sherlock stories, the two can no longer stay apart.
The Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld / Alex Puvilland is one of those stories that will grab you from the beginning! I finishing it in one sitting, but, I must confess it's also a graphic novel.