Stars Above [Marissa Meyer]

“The first time, he had wondered why she liked books so much, and if it had anything to do with why he liked spaceships. Because they could take you somewhere far, far away from here.” Stars Above is an incredible collection of short stories that take place within the world of Marissa Meyer's The Lunar…

Constellation of the Deep [Benjamin Flouw]

"Fabulously fascinating!" exclaims Fox. I am so immensely pleased that this book exists. Benjamin Flouw's Constellation of the Deep is such a simple story with a pretty clear purpose, but even better it is presented so masterfully. Now, I personally adored this book, but I recognize that probably all children will not. That said, it's…

Premediated Myrtle [Elizabeth C. Bunce]

-- H. M. Hardcastle, Principles of Detection: A Manual for the Amateur and Professional Investigator, 1893 Oof, Premediated Myrtle by Elizabeth C. Bunce had all the makings of an exciting and fun girl mystery story...but it seriously suffered from the 'not like other girls' syndrome. And honestly, I'm kind of torn on how I feel…

The Princess Diaries [Meg Cabot] Middle-Grade Edition

I probably would have been the first person singing major praises for a middle-grade edition of Meg Cabot's The Princess Diaries. In fact, when I first found out about this edition, that's precisely what I did! So...why am I now not singing its praises? Well, after reading and extensively comparing this new version to the original, I'm left…

Voting With a Porpoise [Sean Callahan and Russell Glass]

Sean Callahan and Russell Glass' Voting With a Porpoise is probably the most important children's book I've seen published lately. It's filled with clever rhymes and captivating illustrations. The book uses an incredibly clever story to entice children into understanding the importance of voting. And this is all in the hopes that one day, when they're old…