books reviewed

Books with at Least One Paragraph Written About them on Leslie D. (links to posts attached) Picture books and Graphic Novels/Comic have their own page:

KEY: ch=chapter book (5-8);  j=juvenile fiction (8-12); mg=middle-grade (10-13); ya = young adult fiction; il=w/ illustrations of notice; adv=adventure; poc=person of color; d=disability; hf=historical fiction; hm=humor; hr=horror; e=empathy fic; lg+=lgbtq+; mys=mystery; oc= author/setting other country; r=romance; sff=sci-fi/fantasy; st=short stories; tr=translated; w=western

A

Adams, Douglas. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (sff, hm, oc)

Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi. The Thing Around Your Neck (poc, oc, st)

Adjei-Brenyah, Nana Kwame. Friday Black: stories. (poc, st)

AlexieSherman The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian (ya, il, poc)

Alexie, Sherman. The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (poc, st)

Allen, Crystal. How Lamar’s Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy (mg, poc)

Almond, David. My Name is Mina (j, oc, d)

Almond, David. illus. Dave McKean. Slog’s Dad (gn, mg, ya)

Alvarez, Julia. How Tia Lola Came to (Visit) Stay [Book 1: Tia Lola Stories] (j, poc)

Alvarez, Julia. How Tia Lola Ended Up Starting Over [Book 4: Tia Lola Stories] (j, poc)

Alvarez, Julia. How Tia Lola Learned to Teach [Book 2: Tia Lola Stories] (j, poc)

Alvarez, Julia. How Tia Lola Saved the Summer [Book 3: Tia Lola Stories] (j, poc)

Anderson, Sophie. The House with Chicken Legs. (j, oc, sff, adv)

Angleberger, Tom. The Strange Case of Origami Yoda   [Origami Yoda, book 1] (j, hm, il)

Angleberger, Tom. Darth Paper Strikes Back [Origami Yoda, book 2] (j, il, hm)

Angleberger, Tom. The Secret of the Fortune Wookiee (Origami Yoda, book 3) (j, hm, il)

Angleberger, Tom. The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett [Origami Yoda, book 4] (j, hm, il)

Angleberger, Tom. Horton Halfpott (j, il, hm, hf/sff)

Applegate, Katherine. The One and Only Ivan (j, e)

Arden, Katherine. Small Spaces. (j, mg, hr)

Atkinson, Elizabeth. I, Emma Freke (j, e, lg+)

Atwood, Margaret The Handmaid’s Tale

Auxier, Jonathan. Sweep: A Girl and Her Monster (j, mg, hf/f, hr, oc)

B

Bacigalupi, Paolo. Ship Breaker (ya, poc, sff)

Baker, E.D. The Wide-Awake Princess (j, sff)

Ball, Jesse. The Curfew

Ball, Jesse. Samedi the Deafness

Ball, Jesse. Silence Once Begun (poc, oc)

Ball, Jesse The Way through Doors

Balliett, Blue. The Danger Box (mg, il. mys)

Balliett, Blue. Hold Fast (mg, poc, mys)

Barrows, Annie. Illus Sophie Blackall. Ivy + Bean: Book 7: What’s the Big Idea? (ch, il)

Barrows, Annie. Illus Sophie Blackall. Ivy + Bean: Book 8 : No News is Good News (ch, il)

Barrows, Annie. Illus Sophie Blackall. Ivy + Bean: Book 9: Make the Rules (ch, il)

Barrows, Annie. Illus Sophie Blackall. Ivy + Bean: Book 10: Take the Case (ch, il)

Barrows, Annie. The Magic Half (j, hf, sff)

Bell, PG. Illus Matthew Sharack. The Train to Impossible Places: The Cursed Delivery. (il, poc, oc, sff, hm)

Benjamin, Ali The Thing About Jellyfish (mg+, e)

Bergman, Megan Mayhew Birds of a Lesser Paradise  (st)

Bester, Alfred. The Demolished Man (sff)

Bester, Alfred. The Stars My Destination  (sff)

Billingsley, Franny Chime (ya, hf/sff, oc)

Bolz-Weber, Nadia. Shameless (nf)

Bond, Victoria, & T.R. Simon Zora and Me (j, poc, hf, mys)

Bouwman, H.M. illus. Nicoletta Ceccoli. The Remarkable True Story of Lucy and Snowcap  (j, poc)

Bradley, Alan. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie [Flavia de Luce #1] (hf, mys, oc)

Bradley, Alan. The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag  [Flavia de Luce #2] (hf, mys, oc)

Bradley, Alan. A Red Herring without Mustard [Flavia de Luce #3] (hf, mys, oc)

Bradley, Alan. I Am Half-Sick of Shadows [Flavia de Luce Novel #4] (hf, mys, oc)

Bradley, Alan. The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches [Flavia de Luce #6] (hf, mys, oc)

Bronte, Emily. Wuthering Heights (hr, r)

Brown, Sandra. Rainwater  (mys, r)

Bruchac, Joseph. Two Roads. (mg, hf, poc)

Buckley, Michael. The Sisters Grimm: The Everafter War [book 7] (j, mys)

Burgis, Stephanie. Kat, Incorrigible (j, sff/hf)

Burton, Tim. The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories (st, il)

C

Cameron, Josephine. Maybe a Mermaid. (mg)

Castro, Adam-Troy. Gustav Gloom and The People Taker (j, hr)

Chbosky, Stephen. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (ya, lg+)

Choldenko, Gennifer. No Passengers Beyond this Point (j)

Clarke, Susanna. The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories (sff, st)

Cline-Ransome, Lesa. Finding Langston. (j, hf, poc)

Coakley, Lena. illus. Jaime Zollars. Wicked Nix (oc, f)

Cohagan, Carolyn The Lost Children (j)

Colfer, Eoin. Airman (ya, adv)

Colfer, Eoin Half-Moon Investigations (j, oc)

Connor, Leslie. Crunch (j)

Crowley, Cath. A Little Wanting Song  (ya, r, oc)

Crowley, Cath. Graffiti Moon (ya, r, oc)

Cruz, Marie Miranda. Everlasting Nora (mg, oc, poc, e)

Cushman, Karen. The Midwife’s Apprentice (hf, ya)

D

Dabos, Christelle, Transl. Hildegarde Serle. A Winter’s Promise (ya, sff, oc, tr, lg+)

Daneshvari, Gitty School of Fear (j, hm)

Danielewski, Mark Z. House of Leaves (hr)

Daud, Somaiya. Mirage (Book 1). (ya, sff, poc, r)

DiCamillo, Kate. Louisiana’s Way Home  (mg, hf)

DiCamillo, Kate. The Magician’s Elephant (j, sff)

Dick, Philip K. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (sff)

Dick, Philip K. Eye in the Sky (sff)

DiTerlizzi, Tony Kenny and the Dragon (j, il, sff)

DiTerlizzi, Tony. The Search for Wondla (j, sff, il)

Donoghue, Emma. Room [and pt2] (hr)

Durst, Sarah Beth. Vessel (ya, poc)

E

Eggers, Dave. The Wild Things

Elliott, Zetta. Illus Geneva B. Dragons in a Bag (j, poc, f)

Elliott, Zetta. The Magic Mirror (j, poc)

Engle, Margarita The Firefly Letters (j, poc, oc)

Erskine, Kathryn Mockingbird (j, e, d)

Eschbach, Andreas The Carpetmakers and another post. (oc, tr, sff)

F

Faruqi, Saadia. illus. Hatem Aly. Meet Yasmin! (ch, poc)

Fisher, Catherine Incarceron (ya, sff/adv, oc)

Foley, Lizzie K. Remarkable (j, mys)

Funke, Cornelia. Reckless (ya, hr, sff)

G

Gailey, Sarah. River of Teeth and Taste of Marrow. (sff, poc, lg+, hr)

Gaiman, Neil, ed. & Al Sarrantonio. Stories: All-New Tales : pt 1, pt 2 (sff, st)

Gaiman, Neil, illus. Skottie Young.  Fortunately, the Milk (j, hm, poc, oc)

Gaiman, Neil The Ocean at the End of the Lane (sff)

Gidwitz, Adam. A Tale Dark and Grimm (j, hr, sff)

Gloss, Molly. The Jump-off Creek  (hf, w)

Gonzalez, Christina Diaz. The Red Umbrella (mg, ya, poc)

Gorey, Edward. The Gashlycrumb Tinies (il)

Grant, Holly. The League of Beastly Dreadfuls  (j+, hm, sff)

H

Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Don’t You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey (mg, ya)

Han, Jenny. illus Julia Kuo. Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream (j, il, poc)

Han, Jenny. Shug (mg, poc)

Harding, Paul. Tinkers 

Hardinge, Frances. Fly by Night [N’s review]

Hardinge, Frances. Fly Trap  (j, oc, adv)

Hardinge, Frances. The Lost Conspiracy (mg, poc, oc)

Hardinge, Frances Well Witched (aka Verdigris Deep) (mg, hr, sff)

Harper, Jane. The Dry (mys, oc)

Hartman, Rachel. Seraphina (ya+, hf/sff)

Haslett, Adam You are Not a Stranger Here (st)

Hassman, Tupelo. Girlchild 

Hautman, Pete. Mary Logue Snatched  (j, mys)

Heide, Florence Parry. Illus. Carson Ellis. Dillweed’s Revenge: A Deadly Dose of Magic (j, pb)

Helgerson, Joseph. Horns & Wrinkles (j, sff, il)

Henkes, Kevin. Olive’s Ocean (mg, ya)

Hiaassen, Carl. Scat (j, mg)

Hornby, Nick. About a Boy  (oc, hm)

Hornby, Nick. High Fidelity (oc, hm)

I

J

Johnson, Varian. The Parker Inheritance. (mg, poc, hf)

Johnson-Shelton, Nils The Invisible Tower (j, adv)

Jones, Gail. Sorry  (poc, oc)

K

Kaye, M.M. The Ordinary Princess (j, sff)

Kelly, Jacqueline The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate (j, hf)

Khorram, Adib. Darius the Great is Not Okay. (ya, oc, poc, d)

Klise, Kate, & M. Sarah Klise. 43 Cemetery Road: Book One: Dying to Meet You (j, hm, il)

Klise, Kate. Grounded (j)

Kirby, Mathew J. The Clockwork Three  (j, hf/sff adv)

Kress, Adrienne. The Friday Society (ya, poc, hf/adv)

Kurzweil, Allen. Leon and the Spitting Image (j, hm)

L

LaFevers, Robin. Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassins, book 1) (sff, ya)

LaFevers, R.L. Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos [book1] (j, il, hf)

LaFevers, R.L. Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris [book2] (j, il, hf)

LaFevers, R.L. Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh [book 4] (j, il, hf)

Lai, Thanhha. Inside Out & Back Again (j, poc, oc)

Lairamore, Dawn. Ivy and the Meanstalk (j, sff)

Lairamore, Dawn. Ivy’s Ever After  (j, sff)

Landy, Derek. Skulduggery Pleasant (book 1) (j, oc, hm, sff)

Landy, Derek. Skulduggery Pleasant: Playing with Fire (Book2) (j, oc, hm, sff)

Landy, Derek. Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones (book 3) (j, oc, hm, sff)

Law, Ingrid. Savvy (j, adv)

Lawrence, Iain The Giant Slayer (j, hf, sff)

LeGuin, Ursula K. The Birthday of the World and Other Short Stories (sff, st)

Lethcoe, Jason. The Mysterious Mister Spines: Wings (book1) (j. il, sff)

Lin, Grace. Dumpling Days (j, il, poc, oc, hm)

Lin, Grace. Starry River of the Sky (j, poc, oc)

Lin, Grace. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (j, il, poc, oc, sff)

Look, Lenore. illus. LeUyen Pham. Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters  (ch, j, il, poc, hm)

Look, Lenore. illus. LeUyen Pham. Alvin Ho: Allergic to Dead Bodies, Funerals, and Other Fatal Circumstances (ch, j, il, poc, hm)

Look, Lenore. Ruby Lu, Brave and True (ch, j, poc)

Lord, Cynthia. Touch Blue (j)

Lord, Cynthia. Rules (j, e)

Lord, Karen The Best of All Possible Worlds (poc, sff)

Lorenzi, Natalie Dias. Flying the Dragon (j, d, poc, oc)

M

McAnulty, Stacy. The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl (mg, d, e)

Mckesson, DeRay. On the Other Side of Freedom (nf, poc)

MalzieuMathias; trans. Sarah Ardizzone. The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart (oc, hr, sff, tr)

Marchetta, Melina. Finnikin of the Rock (ya, sff, oc)

Marchetta, Melina. Jellicoe Road (ya+, oc)

Marciano, John Bemelmans, w/ illus. Sophie Blackall. The Nine Lives of Alexander Baddenfield (j, il, poc, oc)

Martin, Ann M. Belle Teal (j)

Mieville, China. Un Lun Dun (j, sff, poc, oc)

Miyabe, Miyuki, trans. Alexander O. Smith.  ICO: Castle in the Mist (ya+, tr, poc, oc, sff)

Medina, Meg. Merci Suarez Changes Gears. (j, poc, e, hm)

Meloy, Colin. illus. Carson Ellis. Wildwood  (j, mg, sff, il)

MeyerMarissa. Cinder [Lunar Chronicles, 1] (ya, poc, sff)

Millner, Denene Miss You, Mina (j, poc,)

Morgenstern, Erin The Night Circus (hf, sff)

Moriarty, Jaclyn. The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone (j, oc, sff, adv)

Murakami, Haruki. After the Quake: stories (poc, oc, st)

Murakami, Haruki. The Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage (poc, oc)

Murphy, Julie. Dumplin. (ya, hm)

N

Nielsen, Jennifer A. The False Prince (ya, sff)

Nijkamp, Marieke (editor) Unbroken: 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens (ya, st, d, poc, lg+)

Ness, Patrick. A Monster Calls (ya, il, hr, sff, oc)

Ness, Patrick. More Than This (ya, poc, oc)

Nwaubani, Adaobi Tricia, and Viviana Mazza. Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree. (ya, oc, poc, e)

O

O’Brien, Caragh M. Birthmarked (ya, sff)

O’Brien, Robert C. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (j, sff)

O’Connor, Barbara How to Steal a Dog (j, e)

Oliver, Lauren. Liesel & Po (j)

Onuzo, Chibundu. Welcome to Lagos (+, oc, poc)

Oyeyemi, Helen. Gingerbread (+, oc, poc)

P

Palahniuk, Chuck. Tell-All 

Parkinson, Siobhán. Miraculous Miranda (mg, oc)

Patron, Susan. the higher power of lucky [Book 1: Lucky’s Hard Pantrilogy] (j, il)

Patron, Susan. Lucky Breaks [Book 2: Lucky’s Hard Pantrilogy] (j, il)

Patron, Susan. Illus Erin McGuire. Lucky for Good [Book 3: Lucky’s Hard Pan trilogy] (j, il)

Perkins, Mitali. ed. Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices : short stories (mg+, poc, oc, st)

Potter, Ellen The Humming Room (j, oc)

Potter, Ellen The Kneebone Boy (j, oc)

Preus, Margi. Heart of a Samurai (j, il, poc, oc, adv, hf)

Priestley, Chris. Mister Creecher (ya, hf/hr, oc)

Priestly, Chris, Illus David Roberts Tales of Terror from the Black Ship (j, hr, st, il)

R

Rahimi, Atiq. a thousand rooms of dream and fear  (poc, tr, oc)

Rennison, Louise. Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging : Confessions of Georgia Nicolson (book one) (ya, hm, oc)

Restrepo, Bettina Illegal  (ya, poc)

Rhodes, Jewell Parker. Ghost Boys (mg, poc)

Rhodes, Jewell Parker Ninth Ward (j, poc, hf)

Rhuday-Perkovich, Olugbemisola.  8th Grade Super Zero   (mg, poc, hm)

Rich, Susan. ed. Half-Minute Horrors (j, il, st)

Reichs, Kathy. VIRALS (ya, sff)

RexAdam. The True Meaning of Smekday (j, il, poc, sff, hm)

Riggs, Ransom. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (ya+, il, hr, sff)

Riordan, Rick The Lost Hero: Heroes of Olympus, book1 (j, poc, oc, sff)

Riordan, Rick. The Red Pyramid: Book 1 of the Kane Chronicles (j, poc, oc, sff)

Roth, Veronica. Divergent (ya, sff)

Rothfuss, Patrick The Name of the Wind [Kingkiller Chronicles, book 1] (sff)

Rundell, Katherine. Rooftoppers (j, il, mys, oc)

Russell, Karen. Swamplandia! 

Ryan, Pam Munoz. Becoming Naomi Leon (j, e, poc, oc)

Ryan, Pam Munoz. Esperanza Rising (j, poc, e)

S

Sagan, Nick. Edenborn

Salter, Charlotte. Where the Woods End. (mg, oc, hr)

Sandén, Mårten. illus. Moa Schulman. A House Without Mirrors. (j, mg, hf, hr, oc)

Sanderson, Brandon The Rithmatist  (mg, ya, sff)

Scalzi, John Old Man’s War (sff, hm)

Schwab, Victoria. City of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake #1). (mg, hr, adv, oc)

Scieszka, Jon. ed. Guys Read: #01 Funny Business (j, il, hm)

Scieszka, Jon. ed. Guys Read : #02 Thriller  (j, il, mys)

Scieszka, Jon. Knucklehead : Tall Tales & Mostly True Stories about Growing Up Scieszka  (j, nf, il)

Sedaris, David. Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary (il, hm, st)

Selznick, Brian Wonderstruck (j, gn, pb, hf)

Shang, Wendy Wan-Long. The Great Wall of Lucy Wu  (j, poc)

Silberberg, Alan. Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze (j)

Silverstein, Shel. Every Thing On It  (ch, j, ya, nf, il, poc)

SimonsonHelen. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand (poc, oc)

Simsion, Graeme. The Rosie Project (hm, d, oc)

Smith, Sherri L. Orleans (ya, poc, sff)

Snyder, Laurel. Penny Dreadful (j)

Springer, Nancy. The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline: An Enola Holmes Mystery (j, hf, mys)

Springstubb, Tricia Mo Wren, Lost and Found (j)

Springstubb, Tricia. What Happened on Fox Street (j)

Stead, Rebecca. When You Reach Me (j, mys)

Stoker, Bram. Dracula (hr, oc)

Stork, Francisco X. The Last Summer of the Death Warriors (ya, poc)

Stork, Francisco X. Marcelo in the Real World (ya+, poc, e, d)

T

Tan, Shaun. Lost & Found: 3 (j, ya, ad, gn, poc, oc)

Tan, Shaun. Tales of Outer-Suburbia (pb, poc, oc, st)

Tanner, Lian. Icebreaker (mg, oc)

Tanner, Lian. Museum of Thieves [Book 1: The Keepers Trilogy] (j, mg, adv, oc)

Tanner, Lian. City of Lies [Book 2: The Keepers Trilogy] (j, mg, adv, oc)

Tanner, Lian Path of Beasts [Book 3: The Keepers Trilogy] (j, mg, adv, oc)

Taylor, Laini. Illus Jim di Bartolo Faeries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer  (j, il, sff)

Taylor, Laini. Illus Jim di Bartolo Dreamdark: Silksinger (book 2)  (j, il, sff)

Thomas, Angie. The Hate U Give (ya, poc, e) [banned books week review]

Towell, Katy. Skary Childrin and the Carousel of Sorrow (j, hr, il)

Townsend, Jessica. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (bk 1) (mg, oc, f)

Townsend, Jessica. Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow (bk 2) (mg, oc, f)

Tracy, Kristen Camille McPhee Fell Under the Bus (j)

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V

Valente, Cathrynne M., illus Ana Juan The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making  [#1] (j, mg, sff, adv, il)

Valente, Cathrynne M., illus Ana Juan  The Girl who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There [#2] (j, il, hf, sff)

Valentine, Genevieve. Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti (ya+, sff)

Van Allsburg, Chris (and company). The Chronicles of Harris Burdick (j, il, st)

Venkatraman, Padma. The Bridge Home (oc, poc, mg, e)

W

Walters, Nicole. Charis: Journey to Pandora’s Jar (j, poc, sff)

Wamariya, Clementine. Elizabeth Weil. The Girl Who Smiled Beads : A Story of War and What Comes After (poc, oc, nf)

West, Jacqueline. The Books of Elsewhere : The Shadows[vol. 1] (j, hr)

West, Jacqueline. The Books of Elsewhere : Spellbound [vol. 2] (j, hr)

Westerfeld, Scott. Leviathan (mg, ya, hf/sff)

Westerfeld, Scott Uglies (ya, sff)

Wild, Margaret. & Anne Spudvilas. Woolvs in the Sitee (j, ya, gn, pb)

Williams, Alicia D. Genesis Begins Again (mg, poc, e)

Williams-Garcia, Rita One Crazy Summer (j, poc)

Wilson, Kevin. The Family Fang 

Wilson, N.D. 100 Cupboards (j, mg, sff)

Wilson, N.D. Dandelion Fire: 100 Cupboards (book2) (mg, sff)

Wilson, N.D. Leepike Ridge  (j, mg, adv)

Woodson, Jacqueline feathers (mg, poc)

Wrede, Patricia. Thirteenth Child: Frontier Magic [book1] (j, hf/sff)

Y

Yang, Kelly. Front Desk (mg, poc, e)

Yep, Laurence Angelfish (j, poc)

Yovanoff, Brenna. The Replacement (ya, hr, sff)

Z

Zusak, Markus. The Book Thief (ya, hf)

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