The Cover Wars

Caitlin is the only young person living on Middle Island. On the first day of vacation, she finds a tiny alien on the beach. Caitlin becomes close to her secret friend, whom she names Perijee, teaching him everything about her world and treating him like a brother.

There’s only one problem: Perijee won’t stop growing. And growing . . . Caitlin will have to convince the adults around her—and Perijee himself—that the creature they see as a terrifying monster is anything but.

Janet: The cover doesn’t quite grab me – I keep expecting that branch to break – but the back copy is appealing. That last sentence is irresistible. I’ll have to read the first few pages.

Nafiza: I absolutely adore this cover and the synopsis is intriguing as well. I would definitely give it a read if I came across it in the library. Assuming I ever have time to just simply read again.

Yash: I’m with Janet. Plus, you all know I don’t read that much MG, right? BUT! That synopsis kind of reminds me of No/h Face from Spirited Away and I’m a little intrigued. Though, Perijee seems less malevolent, which only makes me feel better about the book. So, I’ll put this on my tentative TBR.

The Wollestonecraft Girls embark on their most important case yet–the famed dinosaur fossil hunter Mary Anning is being blackmailed. Her precious dog has been snatched and the kidnappers are demanding that Miss Anning authenticate some fake dinosaur bones up for auction at the British Museum in order to get him back. Ada and Mary have just three days to track down the fossil fakers, find the dog, and save the integrity of science!

The game is truly afoot in this quirky caper involving blood-sucking leeches, an asthmatic pug, smoke bombs, secret elevators, diabolical disguises, and wicked word-play.

Janet: The first two in this series are playful and serious, deep and laugh-out-loud all at once. The covers, the inside drawings, the writing, the characterization, the re-imagined and re-created history, female friendship, sibling relationships, science and investigation – yes. Hand this one over, please!

Nafiza: I liked the first one but for some reason not enough to keep reading the series. I’m glad Janet enjoys it though.

Yash: I haven’t read any in this series, but it sounds delightful. And I;ve always paused by the covers at bookstores. They’re just so pleasing to the eye. If I’m ever in the mood for a playful but serious mystery, I guess I know where to start.

Ethan had been many things. He was always ready for adventure and always willing to accept a dare, especially from his best friend, Kacey. But that was before. Before the accident that took Kacey from him. Before his family moved from Boston to the small town of Palm Knot, Georgia.

Palm Knot may be tiny, but it’s the home of possibility and second chances. It’s also home to Coralee, a girl with a big personality and even bigger stories. Coralee may be just the friend Ethan needs, except Ethan isn’t the only one with secrets. Coralee’s are catching up with her, and what she’s hiding might be putting both their lives at risk.

Janet: Those tree leaves are alluring. I don’t love the cover (the colours bother me) but the art is pretty neat. The back copy gives a little much away, but I’ll glance inside if I happen across this.

Nafiza: This cover though. *heart eyes* Yep, I like the back copy too. Definitely one I’d read.

Yash: Oh man, I just know I’m gonna cry over this one. Guess I’m reading it then.

[Fire Bug #2]

Ava is having a rough time. Getting rid of Venus didn’t set her free—she’s still Coterie. Her new boss seems like an improvement, but who knows if he’ll stay that way? The Coterie life changes people. And since she’s currently avoiding her friends after (disastrously) turning down a date with Lock, well, everything kind of sucks.

Then she gets sent to handle two local thugs with were-hare Sid. But when they arrive, the thugs are dead and a necromancer has raised them as mindless, aggressive zombies. Ava is faced with an epidemic—something is turning normal creatures into killing machines. Unfortunately, this means she has to work with Lock and his new girl. Worse than that, she has to work with her ex, Ryan. Compared to facing such emotional turmoil, she’d rather take on an entire herd of flesh-eating kelpies . . . or she could just do both. Isn’t she just the lucky gal?

Janet: There is only one word for this cover: compelling. The back has a lot going on and this is the second in the series, but I might have to hunt this up, just for that fire-fascinating cover. Also: were-hare? Oh yeah. That’s definitely worth reading about zombies, maybe-crushes, and exes for.

Nafiza: I actually don’t like the cover all that much. I wouldn’t pick it up in a bookstore though the back copy seems super interesting. If Janet read the first one, I’m sure she’ll tell me what she thinks. *cheese*

Yash: You know where my brain is at when it automatically offers up the title as “biromantic”, lol. Anyway, I’m not into the back copy.  But the cover? Wow, the cover is just beautiful. I can’t stop staring at the fiery colours. <3

For years people have claimed to see a mysterious white deer in the woods around Chinaberry Creek. It always gets away.

One evening, Eric Harper thinks he spots it. But a deer doesn’t have a coat that shimmers like a pearl. And a deer certainly isn’t born with an ivory horn curling from its forehead. When Eric discovers the unicorn is hurt and being taken care of by the vet next door and her daughter, Allegra, his life is transformed.

A tender tale of love, loss, and the connections we make, The Unicorn in the Barn shows us that sometimes ordinary life takes extraordinary turns.

Janet: Cute cover, cute back copy, UNICORNS, vets, I’d look for this.

Nafiza:  Everything Janet said.

Yash: I dunno, the cover is pretty drab for something that’s meant to have unicorns in it? But I mean, it has unicorns on it, so I guess I’d pick it up no matter what?

Flora and her brother, Julian, don’t believe they were born. They’ve lived in so many foster homes, they can’t remember where they came from. And even now that they’ve been adopted, Flora still struggles to believe in forever. So along with their new mother, Flora and Julian begin a journey to go back and discover their past—for only then can they really begin to build their future.

Janet: Yes. Yes to all of that cover and to the back copy. The constellations, the semi-transparent reeds, the running children, the unchosen mistrust, the siblings and a new mother – I don’t know if my heart can take it but I want to read this.

Nafiza: Oh my. Yes please. This seems like it will be the good kinda painful. Haha. I love the art style and the back copy is brilliant. Yes please.

Yash: Haha, I see the number of times Janet and Nafiza have said yes and I think I’m going to add one more: YES. This is going to be a good one, I think.

The Cover Wars

The Cover Wars

Let’s get the feminist party started! Here We Are is a scrapbook-style teen guide to understanding what it really means to be a feminist. It’s packed with essays, lists, poems, comics, and illustrations from a diverse range of voices, including TV, film, and pop-culture celebrities and public figures such as ballet dancer Michaela DePrince and […]

The Cover Wars

The Cover Wars

Sebastian Alvarez is just trying to keep it all together: he doesn’t want to flunk out of high school, he doesn’t want his best friend, Kyle, to get into even more trouble, and he doesn’t want to lose his Ma to cancer. Then he meets Birdie Paxton, a Valedictorian in a science pun t-shirt, and […]

The Cover Wars

The Cover Wars

For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens. The […]

The Cover Wars

The Cover Wars

Ansa has always been a fighter. As a child, she fought the invaders who murdered her parents and snatched her as a raid prize. She fought for her place next to Thyra, the daughter of the Krigere Chieftain. She fought for her status as a warrior in her tribe: blood and victory are her way […]

The Cover Wars

The Cover Wars

Rosa Ramona Díaz has just moved to the small, un-haunted town of Ingot—the only ghost-free town in the world. She doesn’t want to be there. She doesn’t understand how her mother—a librarian who specializes in ghost-appeasement—could possibly want to live in a place with no ghosts. Frankly, she doesn’t understand why anyone would. Jasper Chevalier […]

The Cover Wars

The Cover Wars

This first-ever LGBTQ history book for young adults will appeal to fans of fun, empowering pop-culture books like Rad American Women A-Z and Notorious RBG. World history has been made by countless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals—and you’ve never heard of many of them. Queer author and activist Sarah Prager delves deep into the lives of 22 […]

The Cover Wars

The Cover Wars

The darker the sky, the brighter the stars. In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an […]