THE PROPHET CALLS by: Melanie Sumrow

Uncle Max beckons us to follow him. I swallow hard as we move away from the stream of people entering the meetinghouse. As soon as Tanner and I turn the corner, I spot the worn leather strap. It hangs from a rusted nail on the wall. The sight of the leather makes me shake. Tanner’s […]

Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya

This is a story about a boy who does not quite fit in but who was obviously born to stand out. Marcus is an 8th grader who towers over his peers and uses his height and bulk to provide protection for kids who are bullied. Marcus reminds me a lot of my own son who […]

Books to Read to Understand the Plight of the Refugee

Books bring cultures, and people together. I am a firm believer that if you don’t understand something, you should read about it.  People are often misinformed about many serious issues and if given the opportunity to walk in someone else’s shoes even through the pages of a book, you can begin to understand. Before we […]

THE FALL OF INNOCENCE by Jenny Torres Sanchez

  Jenny Torres Sanchez (www.jennytorressanchez.com) is a full-time writer and former English teacher. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, but has lived on the border of two worlds her whole life. She is the author of Because of the Sun; Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia; and The Downside of Being […]

From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon

Three starred reviews for this charming romantic comedy about an aspiring teen filmmaker who finds her voice and falls in love, from the New York Times bestselling author of When Dimple Met Rishi. Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So […]

Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

“Books were what made my days bearable. They were what helped me sleep at night without my homesickness choking me.” When Amal’s ordinary life in her quiet Pakistani village is disrupted and she is forced to stay home from school to help her mother take of her siblings, Amal holds on to the hope that […]

Don’t Forget Me by Victoria Stevens

Seventeen-year-old Hazel Clarke is no stranger to heartbreaks, and being sent to live with a father she’s never met is the latest in a string of them. Even the beauty of eastern Australia isn’t enough to take her mind off her mother and the life she had to leave behind in England. But when Hazel […]

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

“…the last time I saw my brother was five years ago. Lying dead in the snow.” This book starts off with a bang! Right in the middle of a clan battle, the same battle that took Eelyn’s mother and brother five years prior. As she fights, she comes face to face with a warrior that […]

Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now by Dana L. Davis

“I’ve got seven days to come clean to my new dad. Seven days to tell the truth …” Tiffany Sly’s life is about to change in a big way. She has just lost her mother to cancer and is about to be pulled away from the only life she has ever known. She is set […]

Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

Let’s Talk About Love Claire Kann Published by: Swoon Reads Publication date: January 23rd 2018 Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes & Noble / iBooks / Kobo   “Dave called in sick. Alice, I want you with Takumi today. As long as you keep the volume low, you can play music […]