Doll Bones

Doll Bones, a book review by Geni Kuckhahn

They say nobody does spooky like Holly Black. Oh, boy, were they right. In this middle-grade fantasy by Holly Black, Doll Bones delivers a bittersweet combination of friendship, growing up and the price of story weaving. And a ghost. Zach, Poppy and Alice are best friends, a friendship which feeds on the worlds created in …

Shoe Wars

There’s an old saying that goes something like this: You can tell a lot about a person from the shoes they’re wearing. From the bestselling author of Tom Gates comes this brand new hilarious stand-alone novel. We meet Ruby and Bear Foot. They are on a mission to save their inventor dad from his boss, …

Jasmine Reviews – Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightening Thief

The Lightning Thief is the first book in Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Percy Jackson is a normal kid until monsters start chasing him. Percy is living in New York City with his mum (Sally) and his really mean stepdad (Gabe). He has a best friend, Grover Underwood, who is living a …

Chu’s Day

Apparently there's a Neil Gaiman book for every member of my family. Yay! They're never too young to start, and though my 6-month-old son prefers chewing Chu's Day to reading it, I enjoyed it thoroughly. Chu is a panda with, we are told, a very dangerous sneeze. When Chu sneezes, bad things happen. We follow …

Once

My daughter, who is unequivocally a fantasy-genre girl, came home from school telling me about a historical fiction book she was reading. It’s a story, she said, about a Jewish boy in a Polish orphanage in WWII. I bolted to the library.