Wednesday , May 22 2024

Young Adult and Children’s Literature

Book Review: ‘The Haunting of Sunshine Girl’ – A Novel Based on the YouTube Web Series Phenomenon by Paige McKenzie

As Sunshine reaches the age of 16 things seem just a bit different, but she can’t really get a feel for it. Going cross-country to the Northwest for her mother’s new job she finds the new house they are moving into decidedly creepy. Sleep is becoming more difficult and her mother is becoming more distant. Life is taking a dangerous turn.

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Book Review: ‘The Shadow Cabinet: Shades of London’ by Maureen Johnson

Rory and her group, known as the ghost squad find their own time running out as they search for their friend, and contain the damage that is engendered by Jane and her own group as they try to unleash a nightmare on the city. Can they stop the damage and still find Stephen before it is too late?

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Interview: Action Lab Comics (‘Vamplets,’ ‘Princeless,’ ‘Puppet Master’) Creative Director Dave Dwonch

Dwonch talks about the 2015 comics lineup including the return of Eisner-nominated 'Princeless' and 'Nutmeg,' a book he describes as 'Betty and Veronica' meets 'Breaking Bad.'

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Book Review: ‘The Blackwell Family Secret: The Guardians of Sin’ by Jonathan L. Ferrara

Ferrara is a talented writer, his prose smooth and his dialogue witty. The pace was excellent and the story kept moving forward with increasing tension until the very satisfying ending that left me hungry for book 2.

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Book Review: ‘Suspicion’ a Young Adult Fiction by Alexandra Monir

The secrets of Rockford manor are very delicate and Imogen is cautious about creating any further concerns. There is something very strange about the deaths of her parents and that of her cousin, something that someone is willing to kill to keep secret.

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Book Review: ‘Stolen, Heart of Dread’ A YA Fantasy by Melissa De La Cruz and Michael Johnston.

If you enjoy fantasy and danger, threaded with mystery and adventure you will love the characters in this tale. The second of a series it still reads well on its own, and you will find that Wes and his erstwhile friends are a mix of fear and courage. It is when they are all together the courage becomes fierce, and when one of their friends comes into trouble, you see what makes them who they are.

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