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Evil Thing by Serena Valentino

Evil Thing: Tale of That De Vil Woman by Serena Valentino

In this incredible, illustrated retelling of the Cruella story, we get insight into her childhood. A childhood that was full of emotional neglect and abuse, all from her mother. Growing up, her mother was highly materialistic. This caused Cruella to believe that the only way people could show love was by giving and getting gifts. Because of the conditions of her childhood, Cruella grew up into an unstable and emotionally immature adult. She would have many heartbreaks and disasters throughout her life that led to where we see her in the 101 Dalmations movie (1961). This book was sad, thoughtful, and it gives you a deeper understanding of her motives and who she was as a person.

Hostage by Guy Delisle

Hostage by Guy Delisle

Whilst on a trip in 1997, Christophe Andre, a Doctors Without Borders administrator, was kidnapped in the middle of the night and held hostage. He was chained to a radiator, given only a simple mattress, and dinner once a day. Requesting the answers to his countless questions; “What do they want me for?”, “Where am I?”, “Who are you?” were made nearly impossible as there was a language barrier. As weeks went by, Andre was driven to find a way to escape and communicate with his coworkers once more. Hostage is suspenseful and is a book you will not want to set down.

A Soft Place to Land by Janae Marks

A Soft Place to Land by Janae Marks

Joy, an inspiring film composer, is not happy when her family decides to move to a tiny apartment. Then, she finds out about “The Hideout”, a secret hang-out spot that only the kids in the apartment know about. That’s where she starts communicating with someone who seems to be struggling, until the mystery writer stops responding to her messages…

Set Me Free by Ann Clare LeZotte

Set Me Free by Ann Clare LeZotte

14 year old Mary Lambert lives in Martha’s Vineyard, a island made up of a largely deaf community-including herself. While recovering from being kidnapped and experimented on, she receives a letter from a location on the mainland near where she was kept while she was kidnapped. The letter requests her presence at a large mansion to help a deaf-mute 8 year old girl learn sign language. Once there, she realizes that the house and it’s residents hold many secrets and betrayals. This book is suspenseful, inspiring, and slightly thrilling. Much recommended.

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

When Bryce first moved into the neighborhood, he met Juli, the neighbor girl who quickly fell in love with him. While Juli was chasing after her boy, Bryce was running away.  Things took some twists and turns as they grew older. It is a story about youth and growth, love and family, written in an alternate narrative between Bryce and Juli, filled with light-hearted ordinary scoops of life!

Sisters of the Snake by Sasha Nanua

Sisters of the Snake by Sasha Nanua

Ria is an orphan and a thief, stealing to keep herself alive. Rani has only ever known life inside the palace where she is being trained to take over from her father as queen. When their lives collide, everything turns on its head because Ria and Rani, orphan and royal, are look identical. They decide to switch places to help each other get what they want; Rani to prove herself to her father and Ria to escape her conscription into the army, but neither realize the danger that lies ahead.

: The Tea Dragon Society by Kay O’Neill

The Tea Dragon Society by Kay O’Neill

If you’re looking for the perfect cottagecore graphic novel series, The Dragon Tea Society is for you! In a world of dragons and people, tea dragons are small domestic dragons that produce special tea leaves. They require specialized care and lots of love, but if you care for them correctly they will bond with you forever. This book follows Greta as she discovers the magic of tea dragons and how they can change your life. The graphics are so adorable and the characters are amazing, I just want to live in this book.

The Passing Playbook by Isaac Fitzsimons

The Passing Playbook by Isaac Fitzsimons

This book is such a heartwarming romance. When Spencer starts at a new school, he is afraid that everyone will know that he’s trans. Taking a risk, and going against his parents wishes, he joins the boy’s soccer team. When a discriminatory law forces Spencer’s coach to bench him after he discovers the “F” on his birth certificate, Spencer isn’t sure what to do. All he wants to do is play soccer, but that would mean fighting the law and coming out to everyone, including the boy he’s falling for. Though the story can sometimes be overoptimistic, I love this book and think it is such a great read.

Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger

Keeper of the Lost Cities

After a strange incident when she was five. Sophie foster is wondering if she belongs. when a mysterious boy comes and whisked her away to the lost cities of the elves. while she has trouble fitting in, mysterious people come and try to kidnap and extract information she never knew was in her head. I enjoyed reading this series. I hope you like it

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

Daughter of the Pirate King

Alosa is the daughter of the legendary Pirate King, a man who rules over the seas with an iron fist. When she is sent on a mission to steal part of a map that will lead to a hidden treasure trove, she allows herself to be captured in order to an enemy ship. Now there’s only one person in her way, the clever and suspicious first mate of the enemy crew, who surely should be no match for the daughter of a pirate king. Right? This book radiates cunning pirate heroine energy with a little bit of a romance, and is a very fun read!

The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann

The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann

I love how in this book creativity wins the day. Alex Stowe is sentenced to death because of his weakness. On his way to his death he finds help from unexpected people, he also finds betrayal and the hard truth from those he once loved. Join Alex as he struggles at the new school that takes him in like his home never would.

Thirteen doorways, wolves behind them all by Laura Ruby

Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby

After their mother dies and their father dumps them “temporarily” at an orphanage, teenage sisters Frankie and Toni realize they are on their own in the rough world of 1940s Chicago. Pearl, a ghost, tells the story and comes to terms with her own tragic death. Will Frankie and Toni end up like Pearl or will they make it?

Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm

Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm

A fun romp in the Scottish Highlands – tomboy Dylan tries to avoid the reality TV marriage drama of her prom queen sister and instead finds a romance of her own. Funny, great plot twists!

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Wonder is an amazing book about a boy named August (Auggie) Pullman who has a facial deformity. He has been homeschooled all his life and his parents decided to send him to Beecher Prep, a private school. A lot of the students there make fun of him because of how he looks but he makes a lot of friends there too. It is a heartwarming book, which I highly recommend.

Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Della is only 10 years old when her and her older sister, Suki, get placed in a new foster home with a stranger. They are on the run from their mom’s boyfriend because he is a very bad man who has done some bad things. This is a story of strength, healing, and what it means to be family.

The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson

The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson

Matthew has lived everyday for the past two years behind the windows of his bedroom. He has suffered from severe OCD and is afraid to go outside ever since the death of his baby brother. When a neighbor boy goes missing and Matthew is the only one to notice, he has to do the unthinkable by challenging himself and leaving his comfort zone. This is such a great book!

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

The Penderwicks is a wonderful story full of adventure. It is about four sisters on vacation when they meet a boy who changes their lives forever. You will feel as if you are in the story with them! I was so glad it is a series, because I never wanted to stop reading it. 

Fireborne by Rosaria Munda

Fireborne by Rosaria Munda

As children, Annie and Lee’s worlds were turned upside down when a brutal revolution overthrew the dragonriders. Now they’re getting the chance of a lifetime to become leader of the new dragonriding fleet. There’s just one big secret – Lee is the last surviving son of the previous ruler, and some of the old regime still live. Dragons, complex characters, and pulse-pounding action!

You Should See Me In a Crown by Leah Johnson

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

In Liz’s midwestern town prom is everything, but it’s not for her. When financial aid for her dream school falls through, winning the scholarship that prom queen gets may be her only chance. Too bad that she falls for the competition. Things are about to get complicated. This book is so cute, and full of laughs and feels.

Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson

Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson

The Wingfeather Saga is a great tale about 12 year old Janner. Janner and his siblings must escape the Fangs of Dang who seek the Jewels of Anniera. But what are the Jewels of Anniera? Go on an epic adventure with Janner escaping fangs and discovering legends.

Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson

Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson

Enchanted is an incredible singer who also happens to be the main suspect in the famous and handsome singer Korey Fields’s murder. The two meet when Enchanted auditions in a talent show and Korey offers to take her under his wing, promising to help her create her own music and improve her voice. But as their relationship grows into some thing more than mentor and student, Enchanted realizes that Korey is so much more than he seems. Tiffany Jackson does an amazing job of switching between the past and present to create a book that is impossible to put down. TW! This book does talk about abuse, rape, and drug and alcohol use.

The Line Tender by Kate Allen

Line Tender by Kate Allen

The Line Tender is an admirable novel that tells the story of Lucy, a young girl who’s mother studied sharks before her death. After her mother passes, Lucy picks up her work where she left off to find out some interesting facts about white sharks and seals in the bay where she lives. With the help of her best friend Fred, a neighbor, and her dad she uncovers some secrets of the white sharks. This is an amazing book by Kate Allen and much recommended.

Lore by Alexandra Bracken

Lore by Alexandra Bracken

The Agon happens every seven years – a punishment for the rebellion of nine Greek gods. The gods are hunted by the descendants of ancient Greek hero bloodlines who are eager to kill a god and take their power and immortality. After her family’s murder, Lore Perseus fled, hoping never to set foot in that world again. But an old friend seeks her help and a goddess offers her a bargain. Lore has made the decision to rejoin the hunt to stop the rise of a new god with the power to destroy the gods and all of humanity. 

Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger

Anonymous Pick
Keeper Of The Lost Cities, Shannon Messenger

Sophie Foster, a misfit girl with no friends and a family that does not understand her, feels like she doesn’t belong. She constantly hears voices in her head and is always dealing with serious migraines. One day, she meets a boy who shows her where she really belongs. Throughout the series she joins a rebel group called the Black Swan, fights an evil group called the Neverseen, and is forced to break rules to do what she knows is right. I love seeing how Sophie develops and changes throughout the series and how her determined attitude helps her and her friends out of some very sticky situations. They are elves after all!

Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech

Israel’s Pick:
Ruby Holler

Dallas and Florida, the trouble twins, are sent to multiple families to be adopted only to be sent back because of their behavior. But things take a twist when an old couple, Sairy and Tiller, take them in to their cottage named Ruby Holler. Join these characters as they face challenges and changes in their life.

Ranger's Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan

Israel’s Pick
Ranger’s Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan

Poor orphan Will wants desperately to be a soldier for Redmont fief. But when he is not accepted, the mysterious ranger Halt agrees to train him in the ranger ways. I love watching Will grow up as a friend and a hero with the help of Halt and his friends from the orphanage.  He becomes the greatest ranger in Aruluen.

If these wings could fly by Kyrie McCauley

Sydney’s Pick
If These Wings Could Fly by Kyrie McCauley

 Leighton Barnes’s senior year isn’t as simple as one would imagine. She’s not only applying for colleges, but also figuring out how to protect her sisters and family from their abusive father once (or even if) she’s gone and navigating a relationship with Liam, the boy who makes her feel safe, all while a strange blanket of crows descends on her town. This book is a mix of the whimsical and fantastical, emotional, and oddly hopeful in a way that stays with you long after you’ve turned the last page.

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Paige’s Pick
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

Where words read aloud come to life, Maggie and her father must save the world from Capricorns forces. I love this book because it is an amazing book with fun characters.

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Spencer’s Pick
Dear Ally, How Do You Write a Book? by Ally Carter

A super helpful guide to writing a book that gives tips and tricks every step of the way. From plotting, to world building, to characters, and even publishing. Featuring authors like Holly Black! 

One of us is lying by Karen McManus

Emma’s Pick
One Of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus

An intriguing mystery that will keep you guessing. Who did it, Bronwyn, Addy, Nate, Cooper, or Simon?

Think you can figure it out?

Every Falling Star by Sungju Lee

Kyle’s Pick
Every Falling Star by Sungju Lee

A really great story about a boy in poverty and how he escapes the socialist North Korea!

I really liked this book. 



The War Outside by Monica Hesse

Sarah’s Pick
The War Outside by Monica Hesse

Haruko, a Japanese girl, and Margot, a German girl, are thrown into the same internment camp during WWII. They become friends, maybe even more than friends…But then lies and betrayal strike the camp and their lives are torn apart. A really great historical fiction novel!

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

Sarah’s Pick
Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

Carver’s three best friends tragically die in a car accident. And it is all Carver’s fault, he was texting the driver when they crashed. This is a super powerful story about loss, guilt, and forgiveness! 

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Sarah’s Pick
Sadie by Courtney Sommers

Sadie’s little sister Maddie has been murdered and Sadie thinks she knows who did it. Sadie runs away in search of the killer while a local podcaster covers the murder and her disappearance in his new show called “The Girls”. This book is so good and intense! 

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Sarah’s Pick
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Seraphina lives in a world where humans and dragons coexist together. But, you are either a dragon or a human. Seraphina has a secret, she is both! And when she starts to fall in love with the human prince, things get complicated. This is a wonderful fantasy!