ARC Reviews, Children, Middle Grade Fiction

Under the Broken Sky by Mariko Nagai

Grades 4 – 6

Under the Broken Sky

This novel in verse follows twelve-year-old Natsu and her family who live in Manchuria, near the Soviet Union during World War II. Then Natsu’s father joins the Japanese Army, and she and her younger sister Asa are left to fend for themselves. Desperate to save Asa’s life, Natsu sells Asa to a Russian family after the Soviet occupation, with the ultimate goal of getting her back and making her family whole again.

Thanks to SLJ for a review copy of this book.

Books, Humor, Nonfiction

Your Move: What Board Games Teach Us About Life by Joan Moriarty and Jonathan Kay

Ages 18+

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The back and forth of the two authors’ analysis of the assortment of games discussed in this book was delightful to read. Each had insight to offer – a lot with a bit of humor – as he or she explained how each game is played and what we as a society can learn from it. What a great book!

Thanks to for a review copy of this book.

Adult Fiction, Romance

Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory

Ages 18+

Royal Holiday

When Vivian Forest’s daughter Maddie invites her on her business trip to England as a stylist for a royal family member, she’s hesitant but reluctantly agrees. There, Vivian meets Malcom Hudson, a charming man who has been working for the Queen for years. They are taken with each other, and flirtation turns into a holiday fling. This charming British-American romance won’t disappoint Guillory fans!

Thanks to for a review copy of this book.

ARC Reviews, YA Fiction

All-American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney

Grades 9- 12

All-American Muslim Girl

This is a fabulous coming of age story and very relevant to today’s society. A 16-year-old girl named Allie’s father is Arabic and Muslim by culture but doesn’t practice Islam. Her mother was Catholic but converted to Islam upon marrying her father. Allie wasn’t raised with religion, but when she meets some other Muslim girls at school, she becomes curious about her culture and Islam, and takes it upon herself to buy a Q’ran and see what it’s all about. A boy she’s been seeing, Wells, has a father who is famous for being bigoted against lots of people, including Muslims. Can Allie stand up for what she believes in or have to suffer in silence?

Thanks to for a review copy of this book.