Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly

MarcyKate Connolly’s debut novel, the middle grade fantasy Monstrous, chronicles the adventures of Kymera, a girl brought back from the dead and made into a human-cat-raven-snake hybrid by her scientist father. (Though as the plot unravels, her origins prove more complex.) Pitched as “Brothers Grimm-meets-Frankenstein,” the novel delivers, and its mixture of classic fantasy and strange, gory elements makes forContinue reading “Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly”

The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh

The Truth About Twinkie Pie is Kat Yeh’s debut novel and, given its delectable cover, well…who wouldn’t want to read it?! This sweet, quirky book follows brainy twelve-year-old GiGi as she adjusts to life at a new school and unravels a mystery about her family’s past. What can Yeh’s voice-driven middle grade book teach us about the kidlit craft? HereContinue reading “The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh”

Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral

Chopsticks is not as new as most of the books I review here (it was published early 2012), but I can’t stop thinking about it––so I knew it had to make it into the blog. Chopsticks tells the story of Glory and Frank’s young, troubled romance through sequential images: photos, music books, drawings, and notes. And forContinue reading “Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral”