Secrets of the Casa Rosada by Alex Temblador

Books that explore our culture are few and far between, so when I stumble upon literary work by Mexican writers I can’t help but feel a sense of pride. Alex Temblador gives us a story about a girl who, when meeting her grandmother for the very first time, discovers a family she never knew. Set […]

Slayer by Kristen White

Being chosen is easy. Making choices will break your heart. Hold on to your stakes Buffy fans, there is a new slayer in town! Building on the fandom and world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Kristen White delivers on the humor, the action, and the bad-assery of Buffy. The world building was excellent. This book […]

The Red Ribbon by: Lucy Adlington

Rose, Ella, Marta and Carla. In another life we might have all been friends together. But this was Birchwood.  As fourteen-year-old Ella begins her first day at work she steps into a world of silks, seams, scissors, pins, hems and trimmings. She is a dressmaker, but this is no ordinary sewing workshop. Hers are no […]

A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney

A magical, fantastical, diverse reimagining of Alice and Wonderland and it is perfect! 

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 […]

Crown of Thunder by Tochi Onyebuchi

Tochi Onyebuchi holds a BA from Yale, an MFA in screenwriting from Tisch, a master’s degree in global economic law from L’institut d’études politiques, and a JD from Columbia Law School. His writing has appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction and Ideomancer, among other places. Tochi resides in Connecticut, where he works in the tech industry.  

Jazz Owls by Margarita Engle

This novel in verse is a fascinating historical depiction of real life events that led to the Zoot Suit Riots of Los Angeles. It tells the story of what it was like to be Mexican American in California during World War II. Margarita Engle weaves a tale rich in culture, mixed with power and gives […]

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 […]

Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley

Megan Harper is the girl before. All her exes find their one true love right after dating her. It’s not a curse or anything, it’s just the way things are, and Megan refuses to waste time feeling sorry for herself. Instead, she focuses on pursuing her next fling, directing theatre, and fulfilling her dream school’s […]

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 […]