"...some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again." - C.S. Lewis
I loved this graphic novel so much!! The art is adorable and the story communicates how to handle emotions (especially the negative kind) in a digestable way for all ages. Willow runs into the woods after a fight with her sister, where she meets Pilu, a girl from the woods who is also dealing with struggle inside her family. The book explores their journeys to face their feelings and reconcile with their families while becoming friends along the way. There are some fun activities at the back, including a recipe that is absolutely delicious! I highly recommend this heartwarming story.
With beautiful writing style that hits hard with every chapter, Jessica Hindman weaves in her experience as a fake violinist with the American experience and what it's like to be a woman living "life in the body". She also provides a valuable perspective as an educated journalist specializing in the Middle East at the time of 9/11. An incredible memoir with wit, humor, and eloquence.
Clara Evans, a scholarship student at a private school, is shocked to find out that over 50 books have just been put added to a list of "prohibited media" at her school. Though she tries to push back, the principal will not budge and the librarian tells her that the books will just disappear if he doesn't get rid of them himself. So, she takes the library's copies- and rents them out of her locker. As more and more students start checking out her books, she starts to wonder if maybe the books were banned for a reason. Suggested Reading is a fantastic book that studies the mindset behind banned books and why censorship is ultimately wrong. I highly recommend!
Princess Anthia's world is torn apart when the Illucian empire invades and destroys her kingdom's prized magical crows, killing her mother and leaving her sister to be queen. Though Anthia has been bedridden with depresion, Queen Caliza makes the desperate choice to arrange a marriage between Anthia and the detestable Prince of Illucia. However, Anthia soon discovers that there may be more to the Prince- and Illucia- than she first thought. This book had me hooked from the first page! An intriguing tale of court politics, complex relationships, and the start of a rebellion.
Great for fans of The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale! Thorn explores the Goose Girl fairytale in a whole new way: Princess Alyrra is content to escape her role and become a goose girl when her companion betrays her to take her place as the bride of Prince Kestrin. However, between the dark sorceress that is orchestrating the prince's downfall and the injustice that runs rampant in the kingdom, Alyrra realizes that she cannot remain complacent. This is a lovely book that explores themes of family, abuse, justice, and duty. Both my sister and I loved it!
This is a fantastic Robin Hood story! Marian is engaged to Robin of Locksley. There is corruption and greed among those running the country, and the king's war requires steep taxes which are draining the kingdom. Even worse, Robin dies in this war, leaving Marian behind with Guy of Gisborne halfheartedly attempting to win her hand. What starts as a rescue attempt for her maid's outlawed brother soon turns into the beginning of Marian's adventures as Robin Hood. This was an amazing book that far exceeded my expectations!
This book is a beautifully tragic backstory of the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. Cath, who dreams of opening a bakery, is courted by a king she does not want to marry. His obliviousness to her wishes and her parents' pressure on her to marry well propell her through the courtship, but all the while she finds herself attracted to the new court joker instead. Will she find her happy ending and open the best bakery in all of Hearts, or will she give in and become queen?
In a nation with superheroes trying to govern a country torn apart by the anarchy of villains who fought for the right to exist, whose side will you choose? Nightmare, who witnessed her parents' murder and was rescued by the leader of the anarchists? Or the Sentinel, who becomes obsessed with tracking down Nightmare for the good of the superhero Council, all while she is under his nose? You won't be able to put it down!
This is a charming book about love, adventure, and dreams. Meg was rejected from film school and Hugo was dumped by his girlfriend, but together they find a way to bounce back from their disappointments, all while on a train ride through America.
This is such a lovely book! The art is stunning and the storyline is sweet. Rinn discovers a dragon named Aedhan who has been sleeping for a lifetime - and who just woke up! Rinn, Aedhan, her family, and of course the tea dragons have adventures together as they solve the mystery of who put Aedhan to sleep, all while preparing for the Tea Dragon Festival. Perfect for all ages!
This dystopian speculative fiction doesn't seem too far off: an America ruled by a corporation called the Cloud, which bears a striking resemblance to a certain online retailer. Zinnia, a corporate spy, is given one of her hardest missions yet: infiltrating the Cloud. There, she meets Paxton, a man whose startup business was crushed by the Cloud and who now has no other choice than to work for the corporation that ruined his dreams. Zinnia's mission drives the plot forward while Paxton's inner conflict provides interest and a connection with the characters. Not only is this a great book, it is also an important wakeup call to what this country could become.
The story of Rose and her adventuring heart is so beautiful! A retelling of the fairytale East of the Sun, West of the Moon, East presents a creative new story that stays true to the tale's Nordic roots. Perfect for any fairytale lover!