Review: How to Become a Planet by Nicole Melleby

For Pluto, summer has always started with a trip to the planetarium. It’s the launch to her favorite season, which also includes visits to the boardwalk arcade, working in her mom’s pizzeria, and her best friend Meredith’s birthday party. But this summer, none of that feels possible. A month before the end of the schoolContinue reading “Review: How to Become a Planet by Nicole Melleby”

FROM THE ARCHIVES: I Crawl Through It by A.S. King

Welcome to “From the Archives,” a series I meant to start a long time ago by reposting my reviews from the old version of this blog, but I was a bit too self-conscious about it. However, I am currently rereading this book because it has the right style and themes to heal me, and uponContinue reading “FROM THE ARCHIVES: I Crawl Through It by A.S. King”

Review: Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power

Genre: YA horror/mystery Publication Date: July 7, 2020 Publisher: Delacourte From the author of the New York Times bestseller Wilder Girls comes a new twisty thriller about a girl whose past has always been a mystery—until she decides to return to her mother’s hometown . . . where history has a tendency to repeat itself. Ever since Margot wasContinue reading “Review: Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power”

Spotlight: In the Role of Brie Hutchens… by Nicole Melleby

I was fortunate enough to read this amazing new middle grade before publication a few months ago, back when it was slated to publish in April. Due to the pandemic, the release date was pushed back to June 30th, and I was invited to be on the blog tour–which I jumped. Here is the synopsisContinue reading “Spotlight: In the Role of Brie Hutchens… by Nicole Melleby”

Amazing New Queer Middle Grade Reads

Quarantine hasn’t really be that great for my reading, honestly. But early in it, when I was more motivated, I read these fantastic, recent queer middle grade releases that warmed my heart. I’m so excited to share these with my middle school students when I start teaching next year! As far as I can tell,Continue reading “Amazing New Queer Middle Grade Reads”

Review: Chirp by Kate Messner

Genre: middle grade contemporary Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Publication date: February 4, 2020 From acclaimed author Kate Messner comes the powerful story of a young girl with the courage to make her voice heard, set against the backdrop of a summertime mystery. When Mia moves to Vermont the summer after seventh grade, she’s recovering from theContinue reading “Review: Chirp by Kate Messner”

Review: Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin (Blog Tour)

Hannah Capin’s Foul is Fair is a bloody, thrilling revenge fantasy for the girls who have had enough. Golden boys beware: something wicked this way comes. Jade and her friends Jenny, Mads, and Summer rule their glittering LA circle. Untouchable, they have the kind of power other girls only dream of. Every party is theirs and theContinue reading “Review: Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin (Blog Tour)”

Review: The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper

Genre: YA contemporary/alternate universe Publisher: Bloomsbury Publication date: February 4, 2020 As a successful social media journalist with half a million followers, seventeen-year-old Cal is used to sharing his life online. But when his pilot father is selected for a highly publicized NASA mission to Mars, Cal and his family relocate from Brooklyn to HoustonContinue reading “Review: The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper”

Review: We Used to Be Friends by Amy Spalding

Genre: YA contemporary Publisher: Amulet Publication date: January 7, 2020 Two best friends grow up—and grow apart—in this innovative contemporary YA novel Told in dual timelines—half of the chapters moving forward in time and half moving backward—We Used to Be Friends explores the most traumatic breakup of all: that of childhood besties. At the startContinue reading “Review: We Used to Be Friends by Amy Spalding”

Review: Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett

Genre: YA contemporary Publisher: Knopf Publication date: October 29, 2019 In a community that isn’t always understanding, an HIV-positive teen must navigate fear, disclosure, and radical self-acceptance when she falls in love–and lust–for the first time. Powerful and uplifting, Full Disclosure will speak to fans of Angie Thomas and Nicola Yoon. Simone Garcia-Hampton is startingContinue reading “Review: Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett”