Bilingual, Independent Reading, Series

The Missing Chancleta and Other Top-Secret Cases by Adilis Vicente

Grades 2-3

missing chancleta

This bilingual book is perfect for young readers! The story follows Flaca, whose chancleta, or flip flop, has gone missing. She is on a mission to find it ASAP! She suspects her family members are involved, and, armed with her notebook and magnifying glass, proceeds to interview each of them and get to the bottom of this. Included are other interwoven stories of her other cases, and readers have the pleasure of reading the book in both English and Spanish!

Mystery, Series, YA Fiction

Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt

Grades 9-12

hold me like a breath

The first book in the Once Upon a Crime Family series, this story about organized crime is a must read! Penelope Landlow is the daughter of one of the three crime families who buy and sell body parts and control the black market for organ transplants. She feels safe within the walls of her own home, but she knows that no one in this business is safe forever. She is suddenly caught in between two of the families who are fighting for control over one another, and doesn’t know what to do to stop it.

LGBTQ+, Romance, Series, YA Fiction

Honestly Ben by Bill Koningsberg

Grades 9-12

honestly ben

This is the long awaited sequel to Openly Straight! The book continues the story in Ben’s point of view, and he’s doing great. He is getting stellar grades in school, is the newly-elected captain of the baseball team, and he’s recently won a giant college scholarship. He tries to keep things the way they are, but he’s distracted by Hannah, a pretty girl he has a crush on, the pressure of schoolwork, and his mother, who seems to be unhappy a lot lately. Can Ben keep the momentum up or will it all come crashing down?

ARC Reviews, Series, YA Fiction

Justice Delayed by Marti Green

Grades 9-12

justice delayed

This book is the fifth in the Innocent Prisoners Project series. Sixteen-year-old Kelly Braden is babysitting for her younger cousin Lisa when she gets abducted and killed. The suspect? An intellectually challenged man named Jack Osgood, who is ultimately convicted and sent to jail. Two years later, Jack Osgood is on death row and facing execution very soon. Defense Attorney Dani Trumball isn’t too sure that Osgood is actually guilty, and is terrified that an innocent man will die for someone else’s crime. Will she find out the truth before it’s too late?

Thanks to Netgalley.com for a review copy of this book.

Adult Fiction, ARC Reviews, Romance, Series

Bridges by Maria Murnane

Ages 18+

bridges

In the second book in the Daphne White series, Daphne is hit with an unbelievable piece of news: her world-traveler friend Skylar, who has vowed never to get married, is engaged! As Daphne heads to New York to celebrate with Skylar and their friend KC, and she should be in high spirits. However, she has just finished writing a novel and all she has received for her work is a bunch of publishing company rejection letters. Will she ever catch a break? And Daphne’s not the only one with a secret; it turns out KC has been hiding something as well. Dive into Maria Murnane’s latest book and let the secrets unravel!

Thanks to Netgalley.com for a review copy of this book.

ARC Reviews, Middle Grade Fiction, Romance, Series

Junior Lifeguards: The Test by Elizabeth Doyle Carey

Grades 3-5

the test

Jenna, Piper, Selena and Ziggy are ready for a fun-filled summer on the Cape as they embark on their journey to become junior lifeguards. They’re hoping to make the cut and that program director Bud Slater will pick them. The girls’ competition is gorgeous Samantha Frankel, and they want to keep their heads in the game long enough to beat her. However, it won’t be easy with the temptation of Hayden Jones and Luke Slater around, two uber-cute boys who also want to make the squad. Can they pull it off? Read Junior Lifeguards: The Test by Elizabeth Doyle Carey to find out!

Thanks to Netgalley.com for a review copy of this book.

Horror/Thriller, Series, YA Fiction

Revenge of the Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen

Grades 9-12evil librarian

The sequel to The Evil Librarian, this young adult novel follows Cynthia Rothschild, who saved the entire school from the wrath of Mr. Gabriel, the school librarian last year. With the whole ordeal behind her, Cyn is ready to take on the summer at theater camp with her boyfriend, Ryan Halsey. However, her summer isn’t quite what she’s expecting, because the demons are back, and Cyn is worried that Mr. Gabriel may be plotting his revenge. Will she be able to ward off the demons a second time?

Middle Grade Fiction, Series

Middle School: Escape to Australia by James Patterson

Grades 3-6

australiaRafe Khatchadorian is back in the ninth book in the Middle School series. He has recently won the school art competition, and is thrilled to be headed Down Under. Australia isn’t what he’d imagined it would be, however. He isn’t used to the scorching temperatures, his host siblings’ welcome skills leave a lot to be desired, and he finds himself constantly trying to escape poisonous critters at every corner. Rafe begins to wonder why he was ever excited about the trip in the first place.


 

ARC Reviews, Fantasy, Series, YA Fiction

The Black Witch by Laurie Forest

Grades 9-12

black-witch

Carnissa Gardner is the last prophesied black witch, and there is evil on the horizon. Her granddaughter Elloren hopes to fight this evil, but there’s just one problem: she has no power in the magical society whatsoever. Elloren puts the evil out of her mind when she is given an opportunity to study to be an apothecary. She is excited to pursue her lifelong dream, but she soon realizes that evil has followed her to the university and life as a student there won’t be as easy as she thought.

Thanks to School Library Journal for a review copy of this book.