The Language of Spells by Garret Weyr

Did you say dragons? In turn-of-the-last-century Vienna?? Enchanted and entrapped as everyday working Joes??? What ought to be a most marvelous storytelling feat turns into a lengthy, dozy tellingstory book. Weyr, Garret. The Language of Spells. Illus. Katie Harnett. Chronicle Books: San Francisco, 2018. Print. Genre: middle grade fantasy Summary: Grisha the dragon and his… Continue reading The Language of Spells by Garret Weyr

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Imagine Harry Potter as told by Professor McGonagall, Petunia Dursley, Hedwig, and Neville Longbottom’s grandmother… Barnhill, Kelly. The Girl Who Drank the Moon. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Young Readers, 2016. Print. Summary: A doddering witch rescues the sacrificial babies abandoned in the woods. Normally, she feeds them starlight before adopting them out to new families.… Continue reading The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

On Monsters by Stephen Asma

Asma, Stephen T. On Monsters: An Unnatural History of Our Worst Fears. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2009. Print. Genre: nonfiction Summary: If we be human, then need we monsters? In other words, is one of the defining characteristics of humanity the creation of monsters and the monstrous? After all, monsters have always been around. They lurk… Continue reading On Monsters by Stephen Asma

Pay the Piper by Jane Yolen

Yolen, Jane and Adam Stemple.┬áPay the Piper: A Rock n’ Roll Fairy Tale. New York: Starscape, 2005. Print. Genre: YA fantasy (light) Summary: Callie, 14, wants to go to a rock concert but her mega-protective parents won’t let her go. As the editor of the school news paper, Callie cooks up a quick scheme to… Continue reading Pay the Piper by Jane Yolen

Saga by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples

Vaugn, Brian K. Saga, vol 1. Illus. Fiona Staples. Berkeley, CA: Image Comics, 2012. Print. Genre: Graphic Novel Summary: Racial opposites, Marko and Alana, fight on opposing sides of a bloody interstellar war, until they fall in love. Defecting from the army, they run away and begin a family. With a new baby to care… Continue reading Saga by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples