{book} a rebel alliance

The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett: An Origami Yoda Book by Tom Angleberger Amulet Books, 2013 hardcover, 208 pages + folding instructions. Dark times have fallen on McQuarrie Middle School. Dwight’s back—and not a moment too soon, as the gang faces the FunTime Menace: a new educational program designed to raise students’ standardized testContinue reading “{book} a rebel alliance”

{book} the rithmatist

The Rithmatist (bk 1) by Brandon Sanderson Illustrations by Ben McSweeney Tor, 2013 hardcover, 370 pages. SFF, ages 12 & up. More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’sContinue reading “{book} the rithmatist”

{book} gustav gloom and the people taker

Gustav Gloom and The People Taker (bk1) by Adam-Troy Castro Illustrated by Kristen Margiotta Grosset & Dunlap (Penguin) 2012. hardcover, 226 pages. Gustav Gloom’s neighbors think he is the unhappiest little boy in the world. But what they don’t know is that the strange, dark house Gustav lives in is filled with more wonders andContinue reading “{book} gustav gloom and the people taker”

{book} jinx

Jinx by Sage Blackwood Harper (HarperCollins), 2013 Hardcover, 360 pages. In the Urwald, you don’t step off the path. Trolls, werewolves, and butter-churn riding witches lurk amid the clawing branches, eager to swoop up the unwary. Jinx has always feared leaving the path—then he meets the wizard Simon Magnus. […] But in the Urwald, aContinue reading “{book} jinx”

{book} path of beasts

Sean expressed surprise that I was reviewing the final installment in a series, that is how infrequent I manage this. Path of Beasts (Book 3 of the Keepers Trilogy) by Lian Tanner Delacorte Press, 2012 hardcover 377 pages The city of Jewel is in peril once again, as it is held captive by the frightfulContinue reading “{book} path of beasts”

{book} the girl(s) who…

“What if the Green Wind came and found an old lady complaining of gout? Well, of course September would go with him anyway—she would not hesitate if she were eighteen or eighty! But old women faced certain dangers in Fairyland, such as breaking a hip while riding a wild velocipede, or having everyone do whatContinue reading “{book} the girl(s) who…”

{book} charis: journey to pandora’s jar

of note: A good friend introduced me to her friend Nicole Walters via Facebook fairly recently. Nicole is publishing her first middle-grade novel and Leah knew N and I would very likely be interested in a story involving a strong female protagonist and Greek mythology. Nicole generously allowed me to read Charis in return for a freeContinue reading “{book} charis: journey to pandora’s jar”

{book} ivy+bean make the rules

Ivy + Bean Make the Rules (bk 9) written by Annie Barrows  illustrated by Sophie Blackall Chronicle Books, 2012. Hardcover, 127 pages. Ivy + Bean is a series for young grade-schoolers that I just cannot resist following, even now that Natalya has “outgrown” them. And yet, who was that blue-haired young lady giggling from behindContinue reading “{book} ivy+bean make the rules”

{book} the faceless ones

Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones (bk3) by Derek Landy Harper (HarperCollins), 2009. Hardcover, 422 pages. If you’ve read the other Skulduggery books by Derek Landy (and you really should have read them by now), you’ve seen it all before: Some bad guy wants to bring about the end of the world, and Skulduggery and ValkyrieContinue reading “{book} the faceless ones”

{comic} legends of zita the spacegirl

Legends of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke; First Second, 2012; tradepaper, 209 pages + sketches. Zita’s exploits from her first adventure have made her an intergalactic megastar! But she’s about to find out that fame doesn’t come without a price. And who can you trust when your true self is being eclipsed by your publicContinue reading “{comic} legends of zita the spacegirl”