But the quest to save her kingdom and meet her destiny has only just begun — a wondrous journey of self-discovery and a trial by fire that will make her a legend This book will be a beautifully designed package with illustrated endpapers, a map of the Tearling, and a ribbon marker. Buy Now. Living with a foster family in Germany during World War II, a young girl struggles to survive her day-to-day trials through stealing anything she can get her hands on, but when she discovers the beauty of literature, she realizes that she has been blessed with a gift that must be shared with others, including the Jewish man hiding in the basement.
Alexie nimbly blends sharp wit with unapologetic emotion in his first foray into young-adult literature. Fourteen-year-old Junior is a cartoonist and bookworm with a violent but protective best friend Rowdy. Soon after they start freshman year, Junior boldly transfers from a school on the Spokane reservation to one in a tiny white town 22 miles away. Rowdy rejects him, feeling betrayed, and their competing basketball teams take on mammoth symbolic proportions. All rights reserved. It is a universally acknowledged truth that high school sucks. The answer to the basic existential question: How is it possible to exist in a place that sucks so bad?
His strategy: remain at the periphery at all times. Keep an insanely low profile.
Make mediocre films with the one person who is even sort of his friend, Earl. This plan works for exactly eight hours.
A boring summer stretches ahead of Ari, who at 15 feels hemmed in by a life filled with rules and family secrets. His father also keeps his experience in Vietnam locked up inside. An accident near the end of summer complicates their friendship while bringing their families closer. After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape.
And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up. A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.
As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason.
And somehow — impossible though it seems — they may still be alive. Grudging hipster love story meets un-ironic Christmas romance in this dual-narrator tale — an awkward but ultimately acceptable pairing not unlike that of the two title characters. Next to a copy of his beloved Franny and Zooey, Dash discovers a red notebook with instructions inside for a sort of scavenger hunt through the store.
He responds with an assignment of his own, and soon he and the elusive Lily are sending each other on absurd adventures throughout the city. A bit. But good fun, with some wisdom to boot. Returning to the successful formula of her highly lauded debut, Between Shades of Gray , Sepetys combines research described in extensive backmatter with well-crafted fiction to bring to life another little-known story: the sinking from Soviet torpedoes of the German ship Wilhelm Gustloff.
Told in four alternating voices — Lithuanian nurse Joana, Polish Emilia, Prussian forger Florian, and German soldier Alfred — with often contemporary cadences, this stints on neither history nor fiction. The three sympathetic refugees and their motley companions especially an orphaned boy and an elderly shoemaker make it clear that while the Gustloff was a German ship full of German civilians and soldiers during World War II, its sinking was still a tragedy. Only Alfred, stationed on the Gustloff, lacks sympathy; almost a caricature, he is self-delusional, unlikable, a Hitler worshiper.
Heartbreaking, historical, and a little bit hopeful. After a young girl is left to fend for herself in World War II Poland, she stumbles upon an intriguing gentleman who she hopes will guide her out of the emerging chaos of war. Anna Lania is 7 at the start of this multiyear tale with its overtones of folklore and magical realism.
Anjali December 17, at pm As an unpublished author, I really value this post. In one moment, he is gone. It was a fine bright morning, and I was following my sharp nose through the woods in search of a bite to eat, when I caught a cheesy smell on the breeze. My next question is how, and where do I submit my manuscript for your review? Hi Mimi, What a sweet question!
Her linguistics-professor father is taken away by the Germans during the expulsion of intellectuals at Jagiellonian University in Krakow. A linguist herself, Anna is drawn to the language abilities and bird savvy of the Swallow Man, so named to preserve his anonymity. As they make their way together across Poland, the Swallow Man has ingenious ways of explaining their new realities to Anna via storytelling while his real activities remain an enigma until the end.
The eventual conclusion: human connection, however brief or imperfect, has the potential to save us all. Artful, original, insightful. Historical fiction. Born with a facial deformity that initially prevented his attendance at public school, Auggie Pullman enters the fifth grade at Beecher Prep and struggles with the dynamics of being both new and different, in a sparsely written tale about acceptance and self-esteem.
By sixth grade, Miranda and her best friend, Sal, know how to navigate their New York City neighborhood. Like the crazy guy on the corner. But things start to unravel. Sal gets punched by a kid on the street for what seems like no reason, and he shuts Miranda out of his life. And then a mysterious note arrives, scrawled on a tiny slip of paper.
Then, more notes, that make Miranda realize that whoever is leaving them knows things no one should know. Olana, their teacher, is pinched and cruel, but Miri and the others take to their studies, for it opens the world beyond the linder quarries to them. Miri seeks other learning as well, including the mindspeech that ties her to her people, and seems to work through the linder stone itself. The climax involving evil brigands is a bit forced, but everything else is an unalloyed joy. Linking the stories is an ethereal-sounding harmonica first introduced in the fairy-tale beginning of the book and marked with a mysterious M.
In Nazi Germany, year-old Friedrich finds the harmonica in an abandoned building; playing it fills him with the courage to attempt to free his father from Dachau.
Just after the United States enters World War II, the harmonica then makes its way to Southern California in a box of used instruments for poor children; as fifth-grader Ivy Lopez learns to play, she discovers she has exceptional musical ability. A creepy Victorian house, secretive aunties, and a great escape combine in this debut that is part Mysterious Benedict Society, part Roald Dahl, and all quirky, smart, hilarious storytelling. Join the League Anastasia is a completely average almost-eleven-year-old. But something strange is going on at the asylum.
Anastasia soon begins to suspect that her aunties are not who they say they are. So when she meets Ollie and Quentin, two mysterious brothers, the three join together to plot their great escape! For most of her twelve years, Astrid has done everything with her best friend Nicole. But after Astrid falls in love with roller derby and signs up for derby camp, Nicole decides to go to dance camp instead.
As the end of summer nears and her first roller derby bout and junior high! In her graphic novel debut, real-life derby girl Victoria Jamieson has created an inspiring coming-of-age story about friendship, perseverence, and girl power! Young readers unencumbered by the knowledge that the setup is laughably ahistorical may enjoy the slight mystery, which unfolds when Mary and Ada decide to spice up their routine by investigating interesting crimes. But even the most credulous child may find it very hard to believe that a Victorian family submits to the interrogation of two strange girls about a lost gem under the guise of a school project.
Historical mystery. Steve has figured out strategies to cope with many of his anxieties and OCD behaviors, but this summer the pressure is on. Readers may find parallels with Skellig in the sibling anxiety and the odd encounter with a winged creature—but here the stranger is part of something sinister indeed.