I rooted for Annie right from the start. I loved how she navigated the highs and lows of middle school and friendship and never gave up on her dreams, despite other people's bigotry. Suggested by Rummanah.
This book defied all of my expectations, over and over. Steeped in what feels like slightly dangerous kid magic, this book reminded me of reading Tuck Everlasting or Bridge to Terabithia for the first time. A great, engaging story. Suggested by Caitlin.
I really enjoyed this action-packed fantasy that takes place in a fictional city in Pakistan. I really appreciated that it does not shy away from some serious real-life issues too. Suggested by Rummanah.
This is a mind-melter of a book. Part mystery, part realistic fiction, part supernatural/psychological thriller with a good, strong emotional core--there is so much to love about this one. I can't wait to reread it! Suggested by Caitlin.
I could relate to Sofia on so many levels, and I empathized with her trying to meet her parents' expectations. I cheered when she was able to find her own path and her own voice, while learning how one person can make a big difference. Suggested by Rummanah.
This book gave me a lot to think about, and I really loved it. The characters are complex and endearing, and I learned about some parts of history that I hadn't known before. An excellent book for those who like realistic fiction. Suggested by Caitlin.
Everything about this book is fun to read. The call-and-response nod to oral folklore pulls the reader right into the story and gives us a front row seat to the edgy action. Perfect for those of us who like our wishes and our mermaids a little dangerous. Suggested by Caitlin.
I love Lisa Yee's books and there's a reason this one is a National Book Award nominee. It combines humor and history as well as family drama and mystery to tell an intergenerational story that left me thinking about my own history. I'm hoping this one makes it on our 2023 Cool Summer Reads list! Suggested by Mandy.