A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

I’ve been obsessed with Patrick Ness since reading his Chaos Walking Trilogy, which is just absolutely mind blowing (if you haven’t red it yet, start now) so I obviously had to pick up his newest book.


13 year old Connor wakes up night after night from the same nightmare which is so horrifying he is too terrified to put it into words, he is bullied at school and his Mom is fighting terminal cancer even though she won’t admit to him how truly sick she really is. He seeks solace in a Monster who visits him during the night to tell him three stories and expects Connor to tell him the fourth in return. I honestly feel like saying anything else about this book would be a disservice to it because without wasting a word Ness has gives us a transcendent novel about a type of grief and loss that none of us should have to suffer and how ultimately we can survive it.

Ages 12+

Revied by Shannon, Senior Children's Book Buyer for Books Inc.

The Frank Show by David Mackintosh

My new favorite grandpa/ma book. Even though you think Grandpa Frank is boring because he dislikes anything new fangled, it’s amazing how interesting his stories can be at show-and-tell. I love this British author’s illustration style and how comforting this book can be for children who have not yet connected with a grandparent.

--Reviewed by Summer from Books Inc. Laurel Village

Isle of Night by Veronica Wolff

I had the great pleasure of meeting Veronica Wolff at one of many N.Y.M.B.C fantastic Author events, and I gotta say this woman is pretty darn spectacular. I had not read her young adult series before I met her, but after meeting her I bought the first two books and pre-ordered the third. I was awed and amazed by how much I loved the story! I finished the first two books in 3 days, and was aching for the third! These books are not only fast paced, but something is always happening! I was never bored at any moment, and I loved loved loved the main character, Annelise! She is a snarky and sarcastic girl with a potty mouth and tends to, on more than one occasion, put her foot in her mouth. She isn't played off as this average girl, in fact she is a genius. Finding herself boarding a plane and being taken to a mysterious island with an even more mysterious hunk of a Scottish guy. She soon finds out she will be attending a school where not only vampires are the headmasters but she is training to be a deadly assassin. All the girls at this school are competing against eachother to the death to climb up the ladder of becoming an honorable Watcher. But all she wants to do is to get out of this dark and dreary rock, and in order to do so, she must become a watcher so that she may escape. Easier said than done, this series is brilliant! Not at all your typical vampire novel, these books have something for everyone! They not only had me laughing out loud multiple times, but they had me hanging onto every word on every page! The cliffhangers are killer, literally, so make sure to have the next available book in the series next to you! Bravo Veronica Wolff! Bravo! For Ages 14+

Reviewed by Courtney from Books Inc. Burlingame

Love That Dog & Hate That Cat by Sharon Creech

Think you hate reading? Don’t get poetry? Don’t think you’re a good writer? Well, take a glance inside the first few pages of Love That Dog, my friend.

Seriously, these books are so good. Even if you hate reading, even if you think the little tiny books are beyond your reading level, even if you’re a grown up. Everyone will relate to something in these stories. They have a journal-like, poetic quality, with touching insights into the mind and thought process of a blossoming (at times hesitant) young writer, reader and observer. Hate That Cat, puts a very cool spin on the way we see, hear and read the world, and silently explains why we’ll always need poetry.

BONUS FEATURE: There are many well-loved poems included in each story, (check them out in the back of each book) giving you a chance to learn them for the first time, or again with new eyes.

Reviewed by Chantal from Books Inc. Mountain View

Kel Gilligan's Daredevil Stunt Show by Michael Buckley (Ilus Dan Santat)

This thrilling new picture book is not only gut-bustingly hilarious, but could be used as a tool for kids to not be afraid of things such as potty-training or the dark. This book not only had the kids intrigued, but the parent's laughing! This story makes a fantastic read-aloud! Getting dramatic while reading this book aloud is what makes it a new favorite storytime read of mine!
-Reviewed by Courtney from Books Inc. Burlingame.
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