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Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

After a whirlwind season of putting on Books Inc. children’s bookfairs, I like nothing better than to unwind at home with an enormous cup of hot chocolate and a good book. This winter break, I’m planning to finish Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend, the much-awaited follow-up to middle grade fantasy debut Nevermoor. In the first book, our hero Morrigan Crow is whisked away from her oppressive family and placed under the patronage of the eccentric Jupiter North. After surviving a series of trails to join the exclusive Wundrous Society, she discovers a unique talent that will make her a central figure in the struggle to save Nevermoor: the power to harness the magical and mysterious energy known as Wunder.

Now, in Wundersmith, Morrigan and her eight peers in the society must begin their training, all while managing the struggles of friendship, belonging, and identity that every 12 year old faces. But when tragedy and terror strikes Nevermoor in the form of mysterious disappearances, Morrigan will have to save the Wondrous Society for good, or take on the blame herself. Townsend’s sophomore novel is written with an ease and confidence that eludes even more experienced novelists, and I will happily join the chorus of readers comparing her favorably to J.K Rowling and her own magically-gifted orphan child. Perfect for children ages 11-15, and clocking in at over 500 pages, Wundersmith is children’s fantasy at its best and most accessible.

Paul!

About PaulOriginally from Long Beach, Paul has found a home in the beautiful city of Oakland. A graduate of Cal State East Bay (B.A, Creative Writing) Paul has been thrilled to advance his love for reding with Books Inc. as a coordinator for their Book Fair programs. His favorite parts of the job are meeting nother writers and connecting kids to meaningful stories that stimulate ther brains. When he's not zipping around the Bay Area for school events, he likes to write poetry, nerd out on political news, and go for hikes at the East Bay's beautiful parsk and walking trails. 

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The Echo Room by Parker Peevyhouse

"In this Scicence Fiction- Thriller, Bay Area author (and bookseller!) Parker Peevyhouse forces you to question everything that has been laid out before you. The Echo Room is 12 Monkeys for the next generation."- Reviewed by Hannah, NYMBC Coordinator

 

Seafire by Natalie C. Parker

"Gutsy, sharp and truly remarkable, Natalie Parker has crafted one of the most spellbinding adventures of the year! This is female Piracy at its Best!"- Reviewed by Colleen at Books Inc. Campbell

 

Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

"Hey, Kiddo gives a fantastic insight into the lives of those dealing with addiction from the sidelines. The lines are soft and personal, highlighted with a burnt orange color pallet. Deeply emotional and fantastically wrought, this one will leave you drained, but ultimately hopeful."- Reviewed by Ivy at Bookshop Santa Cruz

 

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

"If you’re in the mood for a refreshing combination of historical fiction and fantasy, GRAVE MERCY byRobin LaFevers is definitely the right read! Another bonus: this is just the first book of the His Fair Assassin trilogy, so there’s more to look forward to after you’ve turned the last page."- Reviewed by a true Teen, Ava, President of Books Inc.'s Teen Advisory Board. See her full review here.

 

Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel  by Val Emmich with STeven Levenson, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul

"Comedy and pathos blend in this solid coming of age novel highlighting the difficulty of correcting lies once they are spoken. Should appeal to John Green fans."- Reviewed by Michele at Copperfields

 

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

"Unlike anything else I have read, Children of Blood and Bone marks the entrance of a new star in the YA fantasy world. I could not put this book down and devoured it in two sittings. "- Reviewed by Hillary at Copperfields

 

After the Shot Drops by Randy Ribay

Another local Bay Area author, Randy Ribay hits a cord with this powerful novel about friendship, basketball, and one teen's mission to create a better life for his family.- Reviewed by Hannah, NYMBC Coordinator 

 

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

From the bestselling author of the Shatter Me series comes a gorgeous contemporary novel inspired by her own experiences with first love, breakdancing, and the devastating impact of prejudice.

 

Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

From the author of the beloved and ground-breaking novel, The Book Theif, comes another heartbreaking, and poetically written family saga. 

 

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Teen Advisory Board Member Ava Reviews Grave Mercy

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Ismae escapes from an abusive arranged marriage with a brute. When she arrives at the convent of Saint Mortain, the cloister of killer nuns inform her the god of Death has blessed her with violent powers and, should she accept to train under them, a great destiny. After she chooses to train as an assassin, she is given her first mission: kill a man residing in the courts of Brittany. But matters complicate once she begins falling for the very man she’s ordered to slaughter.

 

I absolutely adore the main character, Ismae, who needs no knight in shining armor, but didn’t let that blind her from the possibility of love. Too often books feature a “strong” female who cripples when their love interest departs, proving how strong they actually are. But my favorite aspect of this book is how women, hurt not only by men but by society’s limiting expectations, unite to heal while taking revenge on the men who have endangered other women. Ismae develops lasting friendships with females, instead of the usual girl-pitted-against-girl trope.

 

If you’re in the mood for a refreshing combination of historical fiction and fantasy, GRAVE MERCY by Robin LaFevers is definitely the right read! Another bonus: this is just the first book of the His Fair Assassin trilogy, so there’s more to look forward to after you’ve turned the last page.

-Review written by Ava, Age 14

Grave Mercy is available in stores now. Find it's sequel, Dark Triumph here!

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