As soon as I discovered Rainbow Rowell had written a graphic novel, I put it on the hold list for the library. Of course it’s a First Second publication – all the best graphic novels seem to come from them these days.
Illustrator: Faith Erin Hicks
Genre: YA fiction graphic novel
Setting: a pumpkin patch in October, present day
Summary: Short version: Two friends spend their last day working together at the pumpkin patch Continue reading
This is the fifth and last book in the Great Library series. The family got to borrow it from a friend who ordered a copy of the book, which was great because I didn’t even realize it was out already.
Genre: YA fantasy
Length: 354 pages
Setting: Alexandria, soon after the events of Smoke and Iron
Summary: Short version: The gang have to save the Great Library from internal and external attack Continue reading
This was a book on my Kindle. I’m sure I put it there because of my enjoyment of Little Brother. I needed something other than Discworld to read on vacation.
Genre: science fiction
Length: 384 pages
Setting: mostly Canada, near future
Summary: Short version: A new society develop by walking away from the economic rat race Continue reading
I’ve been hearing about the book as a great example of science fiction by a black author and decided to pick it up. Luckily, my library had the novellas collected into a single book.
Published: 2019 as a collection, 2015-2017 as novellas
Genre: 358 pages
Setting: mostly the desert African city of Himba, and the planet Oozma Uni
Summary: Short version: Binti’s event-filled life after she’s accepted to an off-world school Continue reading
I had picked up this collection to read two Locus Award nominee for short stories. I enjoyed them so much I got sucked into reading the rest of the collection.
Published: 2018 for the collection, 2004-2017 for the individual stories
Genre: science fiction and fantasy
Length: 397 pages
Summary: Short version: A collection of Jemisin’s short stories. I’ll summarize each one briefly Continue reading
Green sea turtle in Graham’s Harbor
This is my next review of a nominee for the 2019 Short Story Locus Award. This story was also nominated for the Nebula and Hugo Short Story awards.
Published: February, 2018 in Apex Magazine (read for free online at that link)
Setting: a rural South library, present day
Summary: Short version: A librarian has to decide if she will give a boy the locked away book he needs. Continue reading
This was one of the first week’s offerings from the 2019 Sync Audiobooks for teens. (There are two new free audiobooks offered each week.) I love Kwame Alexander and wanted to listen to his latest, especially since he was reading it himself.
Genre: YA book in verse fiction
Length: 448 pages of text, 4:12 hours of audio
Setting: an American city, present day
Summary: Short version: The life of two teenage black boys in the city Continue reading