Prince and the Dressmaker – book review

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang Graphic Novel Young Adult Fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Frances is a young seamstress who finds a position as the Prince’s “dressmaker” when one of her designs – very risqué – debuts at a ball held in his honor. Prince Sebastian loves her ideas and wants her to make eye-catching, traffic-stopping gowns for him when he dresses up as Lady Crystallia. Together, they have the … Read more

My Heartbeat – book review

My Heartbeat by Garret Freymann-Weyr Realistic Fiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Ellen, 14, is close to her older brother Link (short for Lincoln) and his best friend James. She’s had a crush on James for as long as she can remember, which both Link and James think is adorable. They often allow her to tag along on their adventures and be a part of their conversations. It’s not until Ellen starts high school … Read more

To Night Owl from Dogfish – book review

To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer Funny LGBT Realistic Fiction * * * * Stars (Great) Bett Devlin and Avery Bloom first “meet” when Bett discovers that their dads are secretly dating, secretly sending them to a fancy schmancy summer camp, and secretly planning to explore China by motorcycle.  The girls are outraged.  They like things fine just the way they are.  As they continue to exchange messages, however, … Read more

Ms Marvel comics – book review

Ms. Marvel comics written by G. Willow Wilson illustrated by Mirka Andolfo, Takeshi Miyazawa, & Francesco Gaston Comics Funny Supernatural * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) If you aren’t already reading Ms. Marvel, you should drop everything now and start.  She’s a smart, funny, Muslim teenager who develops superpowers and must choose how to use them responsibly while maintaining her friendships and being part of her close-knit family.  There are lots of timely topics … Read more

Ask the Passengers – book review

Ask the Passengers by A.S. King LGBT Realistic Fiction * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) Astrid is struggling to figure out who she is in a small town that’s full of small-minded people and she’s keeping her innermost thoughts a secret from everyone she knows except the passengers in the airplanes that pass over her. She spends hours lying on her back on the picnic table she and her father built, watching the planes … Read more

Drama – Read It and Rate It

Drama by Raina Telgemeier Graphic Novel LGBTQ Realistic Fiction Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) A girl named Callie likes a boy named Greg and a boy named Jesse. Callie knows that Greg has a girlfriend, but when they break up Callie gets super excited. Then she meets Jesse and his brother Justin. Now Callie doesn’t know who she likes. Justin tries out for the play at school and Callie is part … Read more