By utilizing friendly butterflies, smiling grasshoppers, ladybugs, earthworms and more, children can explore their adoption/kinship journey with their families; while adopted parents and caregivers can answer the questions kids have about their own distinctive paths, and make them feel comfortable.
“Ski Weekend: A Novel” is a YA thriller that will have you biting your nails down to stubs. Life hangs in the balance, but so do friendships and maybe even hope itself. This compelling story follows six teenagers on a weekend ski trip that turns incredibly wrong.
"Illyia (The Feigned Moon of Entiria Epic Serial, Book 2)" represents the kind of award-winning, completely immersive work that fantasy fans crave. It’s a character-driven story that takes you on an unforgettable trip into dark places and imaginative spaces. Well-paced and carefully plotted, you will be entertained and mystified as you venture into parts unknown.
This has all the “ingredients” for a fantastical, magical, YA story that also caters to adults who absolutely love the Potter-esque world that happens maybe twice in a lifetime. First, you have that magic number: 13. Yes, there are 13 children in this book who all possess specific extraordinary powers. Are we talking the X-Men here… just in a different package?
“Here with the Winter” introduces readers to Jessie Conrad, a young widow who lost her husband in a truck accident. Set in the 1960s, in Ohio, the story follows Jessie and her two children as she heads back to her home town of West Emmette to rebuild her life in the new area of Meadow Drive. As they begin adjusting to a new schedule and new neighbors, Jessie relies on her father’s wisdom and support.
There’s not one second where the reader will not beg for more from author Solomon Petchers. He has created a true carnival of sights and sounds that runs at the speed of a roller-coaster, yet adds those dashes of beauty and love that, to me, is what made the “Twilight” series even readable. Watching the characters grow and transform was interesting throughout the tale, and the relationships formed were, at times, mesmerizing.
In this story, Ofelia is the name of the character who takes center stage. She is the ripe old age of eleven, yet she has been upright and walking on the Earth for the past 500 years. In the 15th century, against her will, Ofelia became part of the “fanged gang” but was never a girl who wanted to remain in the group. In fact, she wanted to take them down.
Talk about a YA steampunk lover’s dream! What happens when the old way meets the new way? Tellus is a world where the old and the new clash on a daily basis, and main character, Hugh Geber, is the alchemist at the heart of the story.
When I read the very first page and the author “reminded” me that Erebus is the primordial God of Darkness in the annals of Greek mythology, my skin began to tingle. I just knew I was about to dive headfirst into yet another Westhoff masterpiece.
“Rising Together” is the first book in the new ‘Prosperity’ series by Christopher Cole & K.M. Sparks. With themes of friendship, bullying, adoption, abuse, and young love, it’s a coming of age tale that will appeal to all ages.
When I read this book, although the scenery was different, the teens and their issues hit me right where I lived because I remembered seeing this, live and in person, when I was growing up. Think “West Side Story” (without the music), meets “The Hunger Games.” Add extra grit, and you have this book.
Set in a post-apocalyptic world, the land is scorched and to survive, society has taken to scrounging. With many children orphans, the adults have no problem making sacrifices of them as no one will miss them.
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