Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories by Kelly Barnhill

Hardcover, 304 pages Published February 20th 2018 by Algonquin Books Source: Publisher I have been a fan of Kelly Barnhill’s since I read The Witch’s Boy which was a marvelous feat of imagination. Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories is no different. The anthology features stories written in different styles; it celebrates a vibrant and diverse …

Review: Bull by David Elliot

Hardcover, 189 pages Published March 28th 2017 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt In Bull, author David Elliot lets his poetic wit wind through the famous labyrinth of ancient Crete, re-envisioning the myth of the Minotaur as a verse novel. The result is, in turns, driving, funny, heartbreaking, and edgy. A blurb …

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The domovoi’s gaze wandered, and his mouth drooped open. “I am weak,”  he slurred. “And the wood-guard is weak. Our enemy has loosened his chain. Soon he will be free. I cannot keep him out.” “Who is the enemy?” “Appetite,” said the domovoi again. “Madness. Terror. He wants to eat …

The Hidden Life of Deer by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

So, technically this isn’t children’s literature? And by technically, I mean entirely: nothing about the packaging or marketing of this book is directed toward children. Fortunately, “children’s literature” as we know it began as a marketing ploy, and to a large extent the classification of this book as middle grade …

Steph Recommends: The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co. #1)

A sinister Problem has occurred in London: all nature of ghosts, haunts, spirits, and Specters are appearing throughout the city, and they aren’t exactly friendly. Only young people have the psychic abilities required to see – and eradicate – these supernatural foes. Many different psychic investigation agencies have cropped up …