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As a child, Cortney spent every day with her nose stuck in a book to the neglect of her chores, a habit that persists to this day. When she can be persuaded away from her books (usually with promises of chocolate), you can find her working on her novel, watching period dramas, listening to KPop, or arranging flowers. Her reading kryptonites include fairy tale retellings, Austen interpretations, YA fantasy, historical romance, and contemporary romcoms. Come find her if you ever want to chat about Downton Abbey, cheer on the Sun Devils, debate the merits of Matilda's book and movie versions, or reminisce about the magnificence of Mariah Carey's Daydream album.
Andy Weir (The Martian) and Sarah Andersen (Sarah’s Scribbles) team up for the zaniest, swashbuckling, multiverse mashup you’ve ever seen. Alice Liddell, Dorothy Gale, and Wendy Darling, now teenagers, meet at Cheshire Crossing boarding school. Not content to sit quietly, Alice steals Dorothy’s slippers and escapes to Oz, dragging Wendy with her in the process. Soon all three teens are jumping from world to world, inadvertently introducing the Wicked Witch to Captain Hook with disastrous results. They’ll have to band together to save all the worlds and get back home. This tale is irreverent, anachronistic, and loads of fun. Suggested ages 14 +
When her friends’ interests start to differ from her own, 12-year-old Lola holds a seance tea party for her Halloween birthday party to have fun by herself. Alexa, the ghost haunting Lola’s house, shows up and reveals she was Lola’s childhood imaginary friend. Reunited, the friends head off for some Halloween fun. As time passes, each girl slowly realizes growing up is inevitable - but they won’t have to do it alone. Reimena Yee’s fun, bright, cartoonish art style breathes life into this touching story of deep friendship and the perpetual magic of childhood.
After watching Into the Spider-Verse, I wanted more Miles Morales. Fortunately, Justin A Reynolds and illustrator Pablo Leon did, too, and their love for Miles has manifested in Shock Waves, a middle-grade adventure graphic novel. Leon’s illustrations are bright and fun, bringing Reynolds’ quick-paced tale of Miles juggling being a superhero, a son, and an artist, to life. When an earthquake hits his mother’s homeland of Puerto Rico, Miles quickly organizes a fundraiser to help. But after a new classmate’s father goes missing, Brooklyn’s own webslinger puts on his detective cap and discovers a sinister connection between the two events.
This book was an absolute delight from beginning to end. Through the eyes of a lonely social worker, TJ Klune introduces readers to a magical, dreamy world. After being a case manager for magical children for almost 20 years, Linus has sunk fully into the drudgery of his job. It’s only after he’s assigned to investigate Marsyas Island Orphanage, its mysterious director, and the highly classified (read: dangerous) children living there, that Linus begins to wake up and realize that there may be more to life. Sweet, heartwarming, and utterly endearing.
Though she tries, Sophie can't control her magic. She's sent to train with her great-aunt; instead of encouraging her, however, Auntie offers nothing but criticism, crushing Sophie's spirits. Determined to prove her capability, Sophie attempts a powerful spell and accidentally intertwines her magic with a young water dragon named Lir. Together, they’ll have to figure out how to get him home, but Sophie’s anxieties and fears that she’ll never be a good witch threaten to overwhelm her. Tidesong is a charming story about unlikely friendship and finding your own path, even when your biggest naysayer is yourself.