Daughter of Moloka’i by Alan Brennert

One-year-old Ruth is taken in the night from her place of birth at the leper colony on Moloka'i to a school for girls on Oahu. There she learns her numbers and letters, and dreams of the possibilities of being adopted, yet, she is fearful that her half-Japanese and half-Hawaiian ancestry will scare away prospective families.... Continue Reading →

Friday YA Graphic Novel Double Feature: Fake Blood by Whitney Gardner. Piper by Jay Asher (Author), Jessica Freeburg (Author), Jeff Stokely (Illustrator)

I usually like to have my Friday post be a couple books I can wholeheartedly recommend... This week, unfortunately I found these both kinda bleh. Fake Blood by Whitney Gardner Middler schooler AJ has a crush on Nia. AJ is scared. Nia likes vampires. AJ tries to get her interested by going to school dressed... Continue Reading →

Up the Throne by Toby Frost

The Girl with the Two Facial Scars. Wronged and cut by a powerful mobster several years before, Giulia travels back to her homeland bent on revenge. To Astrago, a Renaissance-era city infused with aspects of steampunk and magic. Cog-filled contraptions touched with spells. Airships shrinking the distances between political alliances. Power struggles toppled by poison... Continue Reading →

American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson

1992. After an assassination attempt, an ex-FBI agent and CIA contractor, flees with her two young sons to her mother's house on the island of Martinique. While there, Marie writes her children an explanation of her life. 1962- 1992. The story of her life growing up in NYC, running informants as a new FBI agent,... Continue Reading →

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