A Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Atia Abawi

In a country ripped apart by war, Tareq lives with his big and loving family . . . until the bombs strike. His city is in ruins. His life is destroyed. And those who have survived are left to figure out their uncertain future. In the wake of destruction, he’s threatened by Daesh fighters and […]

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

“You have to decide for yourself. It is you who must live with the outcome.” — Dhonielle Clayton I am in awe of this book. What a wonderful, disturbing, menacing world Clayton created in Orléans with the bewitching realm of the Belles. The plot is downright fascinating, dark and diabolical. I was in a trance, […]

A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena

A timeless exploration of high-stakes romance, self-discovery, and the lengths we go to love and be loved. Sixteen-year-old Zarin Wadia is many things: a bright and vivacious student, an orphan, a risk taker. She’s also the kind of girl that parents warn their kids to stay away from: a troublemaker whose many romances are the […]

Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi

Scott Ferdowsi has a track record of quitting. Writing the Great American Novel? Three chapters. His summer internship? One week. His best friends know exactly what they want to do with the rest of their lives, but Scott can hardly commit to a breakfast cereal, let alone a passion. With college applications looming, Scott’s parents […]

Stella Diaz Has Something to Say by Angela Dominguez

Stella Diaz Has Something to Say was an absolute joy to read! This book deals with so many relevant topics that plague our country today. Immigration, language barriers and bullying in schools are issues so many of our children face daily, characters such as Stella can help children see they are not alone. Diverse books are so essential in schools […]


 BATMAN: NIGHTWALKER (DC Icons #2)  Marie Lu  January 2, 2018  Random House Books for Young Readers 272 pgs. Goodreads, Amazon, Audible, B&N, iBooks, TBD These DC Icon books just get better and better! After the amazing release of Wonder Woman Warbringer, I was itching for Batman Nightwalker as soon as I saw the cover! The cover is perfect. I am a […]

My Favorite YA Books of 2017

I am so lucky to be a YA Librarian, I am so fortunate to preview and read so many wonderful books everyday.  It was a great year in YA, especially in the DIVERSE BOOKS GENRE!!  I love that there are more and more books by POC being published and hitting the BEST selling lists, receiving […]

Bang by Barry Lyga

One shot ruined his life. Another one could end it. Sebastian Cody did something horrible, something no one—not even Sebastian himself—can forgive. At the age of four, he accidentally shot and killed his infant sister with his father’s gun. Now, ten years later, Sebastian has lived with the guilt and horror for his entire life. […]

Saints and Misfits by: S.K. Ali

Saints and Misfits is an unforgettable debut novel that feels like a modern day My So-Called Life…starring a Muslim teen. How much can you tell about a person just by looking at them? Janna Yusuf knows a lot of people can’t figure out what to make of her…an Arab Indian-American hijabi teenager who is a […]

In A Perfect World by Trish Doller

Caroline Kelly is excited to be spending her summer vacation working at the local amusement park with her best friend, exploring weird Ohio with her boyfriend, and attending soccer camp with the hope she’ll be her team’s captain in the fall. But when Caroline’s mother is hired to open an eye clinic in Cairo, Egypt, […]