Monthly Archives: September 2016

Children of the Spider

Children of the Spider is a very different YA fantasy from every other YA fantasy I’ve read before. Which doesn’t say much for the diversity of YA published in the UK, so I’m encouraged that via a Jamaican publisher and a … Continue reading

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Shadowshaper

Shadowshaper is a YA teen urban fantasy set in present day Brooklyn, with a Puerto Rican teen girl protagonist, Sierra Santiago. Sierra becomes involved with  her grandparents secret world of magic and shadowshaping or gathering spirits into a creation: art, storytelling or … Continue reading

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Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean

A collaborative project between a a group of Australian and Indian writers and artists, this is an anthology of beautifully told short stories and graphic tales, mostly speculative, with a strong feminist slants. Well-known authors like Margo Lanagan and Justine … Continue reading

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Laurinda

  Laurinda (retitled Lucy and Linh for the US market) is an amazing book that really deserves to do well. Melbourne author Alice Pung’s writing is superb and elevates this book to something way more special than the ‘Mean Girls … Continue reading

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The Sun is Also a Star

Nicola Yoon’s The Sun is Also a Star is the real deal. Jamaican-American Natasha is having a terrible bad day. Her undocumented family are due to be deported from the US that night and Natasha is meeting a lawyer for a  last ditch attempt … Continue reading

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The Mighty Odds

The Mighty Odds is a fast-paced funny caper involving four middle-school misfits who develop sort-of superpowers after a minibus accident. There’s Cookie, the only black girl at school who’s pretty, popular, mean and responsible for valedictorian Arab-American Farshad being labelled Terror … Continue reading

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Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer

This is one of those quirky, sweet books that are as comforting as a mug of hot chocolate–a perfect choice for when the nights start drawing in. Sophie Brown (12) lived in LA with her mother and father until they inherited Great … Continue reading

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