Are you looking for a good fantasy series? The Seven Realms series might be what you are looking for. The Demon King, the first of 4 books set in the Queendom of the Fells, stars Han Alister and Princess Raisa. Han is in trouble after confiscating a magical amulet that he learns has an evil history and once belonged to the Demon King, who almost succeeded in destroying the world 1,000 years ago. Princess Raisa, raised in tightly controlled court life that feels like a cage, is determined to break out and save her starving and rebellious people. Meanwhile, the wizards’ power is growing. The two main characters, leading very different lives, team up to save Fellsmarch from destruction.
Mercy Wong has faced discrimination and poverty living in San Francisco’s Chinatown her entire 15 years. Determined to get the best education possible, she sets her sights on an all-white girl’s school, St. Clare’s, and manages to get accepted with a little bit of deceit and bribery. More discrimination by the school’s wealthy white girls rules each day, until the historic San Francisco earthquake of 1906 destroys the school, the city and Mercy’s home. Now, all the girls are on an even playing field as they must wait in the local park for days to reunite with any surviving family members. But Mercy isn’t good at waiting, especially when fires are raging and collapsed buildings and roads are everywhere. Always self-driven, Mercy sets out to help restore order and help those who are suffering, drawing forth admiration from those who formerly handed out only discrimination.
I spent the summer reading some elementary titles in preparation for my move to the elementary library. Now that I have been moved back to the MS/HS, I will need a few weeks to read some YA books again and write a monthly review of something I like. Hopefully you will see something new here by October. Because our library books are in storage this year due to the construction project, the books I review won't necessarily be a part of our library. You can find them at the public library! - Mrs. Dill
Willow Chase is a 12-year-old genius with some strange interests. She is preoccupied with diseases, her garden and the number 7. When her parents are suddenly killed in an accident, it seems that Willow must go to a group home for children. But new friend Mai and her family save the day by taking her into their family. What could be a heartbreaking story is instead more hopeful. If you like stories like Out of My Mind and The War That Saved My Life, you might enjoy this story about Willow.
Natasha, who came to the US as a child, is now an undocumented teen living in NYC. She and her family are set to be deported to Jamaica at midnight. She heads into Manhattan early in the morning to try and meet with a lawyer one last time, looking for any way to stay in the US. Daniel is Korean-American. His parents expect him to attend Yale and become a doctor, but Daniel would prefer to write poetry and choose his own profession. As the obedient son, he is headed into Manhattan at the same early hour to catch his ride to his Yale interview. Natasha’s and Daniel’s lives intersect, deep conversations ensue, Daniel scraps the interview in exchange for helping Natasha get a meeting with the lawyer and… Can one really fall in love in just one day? Read the book before the movie is released May 17.
Ohio award winning books from an LSTA grant, made possible through the Institute of Museum and Library Services along with the State Library of Ohio.
Ohio award winning books purchased with an LSTA Grant from the Institute of Museum and LIbrary Services along with the State Library of Ohio.