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.

Whatever After – Fairest Of All

Sarah Mlynowski sends sister and brother team Abby and Jonah into the middle of our favourite fairy tales in her Whatever After series. But no damsel spends very long waiting for her knight in shining armour once Abby and Jonah show up. Mlynowski manages to pay homage to the classic fables but still adds a modern twist.