River Readers

  • The Bear and the Nightingale

    If you liked Spinning Silver, The Bear and the Nightingale has a similar flavor. Vasilisa is a young girl chaffing at the restrictions for girls in 14th century Russia. Vasilisa is an energetic girl drawn to nature and able to see the sprites that help keep the house and community in balance. Unfortunately, Vasilisa's new stepmother wants to tame her. I loved the infusion of Slavic or Russian mythology/fairytales.

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  • Spinning Silver

    This book was so good, that I read it again, actually, my husband and I took turns reading it to each other. My husband doesn't usually like fantasy, but this title was so well written, he enjoyed it tremendously. I was surprised at some of the things I missed the first time through (when I listened to it). GoodReads listed it as one of the top books of 2018 (actually it is on the top of several of their lists for 2018).

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  • A Box of Frogs: The Fractured Faery

    Another hilarious fantasy by Harper. Madrona comes to with no memory of how she got there, she is lying next to a dead faery. Shortly thereafter she is attacked by some goons. She believes she is a superhero, since she can bend time. However, all sorts of people react with fear to her presence. Definite cliffhanger ending though.

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  • The Outsider

    An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.

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  • Hey, Kiddo: How I Lost My Mother, Found My Father, and Dealt with Family Addiction

    Bestselling author and illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka is well known for his popular children’s graphic novel series about a superhero lunch lady. He’s also written and or illustrated more than 30 books for young readers. However, his latest book, a memoir in graphic novel format, was written for an older audience because it deals with serious issues, including the heroin addiction of his mostly absent mother, and an unknown father.

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  • Descender, Vol. 6: The Machine War

    This is a fitting end to this series and I can't wait to see where Ascender goes in the future. All the groups meet up at the planet Mata for one final showdown. It does not go as anyone anticipated. Andy and Tim-21 are finally reunited in a touching moment that doesn't last long. Digger has his moment of glory and heroism. The machines make a surprising move. We will see what the future holds.

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  • Leah on the Offbeat

    Leah is Simon's best friend from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and is just as awesome in her own book as she was in Simon's. Leah is a dealing with a lot. It is senior year and it is filled with college applications and visits, graduation and prom. Leah is also dealing with the fact that she is bisexual and hasn't come out to her friends yet despite the fact that her best friend Simon came out. Her awesome mom knows of course, but no one else. So she is going to prom with Garrett, who likes her even though she doesn't "like" him, and is conflicted about her feelings for Abby.

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  • The Reckless Club

    Five kids are sentenced to a day of community service on their last day of summer vacation before high school. They are spending the day helping out at a local nursing home. Jason "the nobody", Lilith "the drama queen", Rex "the rebel", Wes "the flirt", Ally "the athlete", and Rex "the rebel" are all more than their labels as we find out throughout the day. 

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  • Mustaches for Maddie

    Maddie is a middle school girl who loves mustaches. She always carries a couple in her pocket for just the right moment. Middle school is a typical mix of homework, teachers, mean girls and bullies. Mean girl Cassie rules the girls and decides who is in and who is out. Maddie wants to be one of the in girls but doesn't like the way Cassie treats everyone. When Maddie gets the part of Juliet in the school play things go south with Cassie. Maddie is also dealing with the fact that her arm doesn't seem to be working properly. Turns out she has a brain tumor and has to have surgery. 

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  • The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise

    Coyote and her dad Rodeo live in a converted school bus traveling around the US. They have been on the road for five years ever since Coyote's mom and two sisters were killed in an auto accident. Coyote loves life on the road and has no plans to return home until she learns the neighborhood park is being destroyed. Coyote must get back before it happens so she can retrieve a memory box buried in the park. Now she just has to convince Rodeo to do something he has no desire to do.

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  • Aquicorn Cove

    When Lana and her father return to their seaside hometown to help clear the debris of a storm, the last thing she expects is to discover a colony of Aquicorns—magical seahorse-like residents of the coral reef. As she explores the damaged town and the fabled undersea palace, Lana learns that while she cannot always count on adults to be the guardians she needs, she herself is capable of finding the strength to protect both the ocean, and her own happiness. --Goodreads

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  • Awkward

    Cardinal rule #1 for surviving school: Don't get noticed by the mean kids.

    Cardinal rule #2 for surviving school: Seek out groups with similar interests and join them.

    On her first day at her new school, Penelope--Peppi--Torres reminds herself of these basics. But when she trips into a quiet boy in the hall, Jaime Thompson, she's already broken the first rule, and the mean kids start calling her the "nerder girlfriend." How does she handle this crisis? By shoving poor Jaime and running away!

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  • The Law of Finders Keepers

    When the Colonel and Miss Lana share the clues about Mo's watery origins that they've been saving, it seems the time is finally right for the Desperado Detectives (aka Mo, Dale, and Harm) to tackle the mystery of Mo's Upstream Mother. It's the scariest case Mo's had by far. But before they can get started, Mayor Little's mean mother hires them to hunt in her attic for clues to Blackbeard's treasure, which could be buried right in Tupelo Landing. Turns out, the Desperados aren't the only ones looking.

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  • Ladycastle

    When the King and all the men of the castle die, it’s time for the women to knight up.

    When King Mancastle and his mighty vassals ride off on a crusade, the women left behind are not at all put out—that’s a lot less armor polishing to do. Of course, when the men get themselves eaten by a dragon and leave a curse that attracts monsters to the castle . . . well, the women take umbrage with that.

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  • Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

    This second book in the Montague Siblings duo is center on Felicity Montague. Felicity wants to become a doctor but in the 1700's it is almost unheard of for a woman to enter that field. Her desire to practice medicine overrides her common sense and she embarks on a journey filled with adventure, danger and even pirates.

    This book is just as delightful as the first book, A Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue. I highly recommend them both.

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