YALSA Hub Challenge Book 19: In The Shadow of Blackbirds

My next, and final book since I haven’t been able to find the time to finish Lexicon with starting my new position, is In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters. It’s a creepy supernatural historical tale accompanied by some fantastic pictures from the time. The novel follows sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black during the Spanish […]

YALSA Hub Challenge Book 18: Lives of Tao

Next up is Alex Award winner Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu. While this book is an adult novel, it has large appeal to teens, especially teen boys, which is why it won the Alex Award. Roen Tan is an overweight thirty-year-old computer programmer who is living a rather depressing life. He hates his job […]

YALSA Hub Challenge Books 15 and 16: Boxers and Saints

The graphic novels Boxer and Saints by Gene Luen Yang are historical fiction. And I must say, I’m really getting into these Graphic Novels! While I have heard of the Boxer Rebellion, I don’t know much about it. Now I do. In the 1890s the Chinese public was becoming increasingly hostile to the “foreign devils” […]

YALSA Hub Challenge Book 13: The Nazi Hunters

The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World’s Most Notorious Nazi by Neal Bascomb is one of this year’s nonfiction award winners. It tells the tail of how one of the world’s most notorious Nazis, Adolf Eichman, was tracked down and brought to justice.   Bascomb weaves this true story in a way that is […]

YALSA Hub Challenge Book 11: Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong!

My next pick was another graphic novel, Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong! by Prudence Shen and by Faith Erin Hicks. Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong! is the story of neighbors and sort of friends Charlie, the laid-back captain of the basketball team, and Nate, the neurotic and scheming president of the robotics club. Nate wants […]