Seventh grade is not going well for Will Levine. He's bullied at school for a facial problem that might require surgery and Will hates hospitals, his nature refuge behind school is in danger of being developed, he's just not sure about his friends, and he's studying for his upcoming Bar Mitzvah. As if it couldn't get worse, the Rabbi wants Will to do his community service hours at the hospital, visiting RJ, an older boy with an incurable disease. Though wary at first, things change when RJ shares his bucket list. As Will completes each item on the list, he learns that life is too short to live in a shell. I truly love these characters; Wolkenstein tackles grief and the many ways it manifests itself with humor and heart. I laughed and teared up in equal measure--this is perfect for fans of Rebecca Stead and R.J. Palacio.
Absolutely delightful! If you're looking for a fun romantic comedy about tech, relationships, matchmaking, and dogs--and really, who isn't?--this is the story for you! Simi seems to have the gift of facilitating love connections, much to her family's delight. The Sanghas have been matchmakers for generations and would love for Simi to join the family business. But art is where her heart lies, and she has no interest in being a vichole--or maybe she does. With her tech-savvy older brother and best friend, Simi designs a matchmaking app that turns the high school hierarchy on its head. This is a lovely story about family and balancing traditions of the past with the demands of the future. Bonus point for creating a large extended family that I'd love to be a part of!
Freddie Rogers was frequently sick and had to spend a lot of time indoors. It was hard to make friends, so his puppets became his friends; he could talk about his feelings and didn't have to hold them inside. He also found comfort in playing music and in the words of his grandpa McFeely, "you've made this day a special day, by just your being you." This confidence sent Fred off into the world believing that he could help everyone feel as special as his grandpa made him feel years before. And through Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, he did just that. This is a truly lovely book.
After smallpox kills her parents, Camille has to rely on petty magic--la magie ordinaire--to buy food and desperately needed medicine. When her brother takes off with the family's meager savings, Camille turns her eye to a new, and much more dangerous, mark: the glittering court of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. But all magic has a cost and Camille is starting to lose control. The effortless mix of fantasy and historical fiction drew me right alongside Camille and I loved experiencing Paris through her. The true magic of Enchantéeis in the characters. They are so genuine, so well-developed, and spellbinding that I just couldn't stop reading until I knew their fates. If I could jump into the pages of a book, I'd definitely jump in this one with both feet.
I LOVE this book! A perfect blend of history, romance, tragedy, rebellion, and "time travel". This story has it all, and you'll be thinking about it long after you've turned the last page.
Darius just doesn't fit. He's half Persian, but knows more Klingon than Farsi and is more comfortable with Hobbit social cues than Persian. So, Darius fears the worst when his parents announce a trip to Iran to visit his mother's family for the first time. Struggling with depression, a difficult relationship with his father, and a little sister who is everything he isn't, Darius feels way out of place. That starts to change when he meets Sohrab and an entirely new world is opened up. Sohrab is a lifeline, helping Darius discover himself and his place within this new sprawling Persian family. This book is so charming! I completely fell for Darius, and his entire family and would live between the pages of this book forever if I could. Make sure to read this with a cup of tea!
L.M. Elliott has once again taken a fascinating woman from the sidelines of history, and brought her front and center. Peggy Schuyler was so much more than simply "...and Peggy". She was whip smart, charming, fearless, fiercely loyal, and socialized with the great leaders of her day. Well researched and full of fun cameos and Hamilton references, this is not to be missed!
Did you know that Prince Charming isn't a name, but a title? Four very different Princes Charming have been cast out of their kingdoms and have to work together to foil an evil witch's kidnapping plot. Filled with wicked humor, adventure, and mystery, this is a must read!
12 year old Sophie has never quite fit in. All that changes when she meets Fitz and he reveals the reason why-she's an elf and the key to savign their world. One of my favorite series!
I loved every minute of this charming, spooky, twisty gem! From the magic and history, to the well-developed and intensely interesting characters, and practically perfect dialogue, I was hooked. Hard to believe this is a debut!
Perry Cook's home life is fairly normal -- except for the fact that he's lived his entire life in a prison. His mother now has a chance at parole, and a real life on the outside. But the intercession of a new ambitious District Attorney threatens to derail everything. This novel is all at once heartbreaking, uplifting, humorous, and cannot be missed!