Once a Runner
John L. Parker, Jr.
July 7, 2015
Reviewed by: Chrissie

Before this cult classic was reissued by a major publisher in 2009, you could buy a secondhand copy for hundreds of dollars. For many readers, the price was well worth it. The novel follows Quentin Cassidy, a runner full of heart, grit and humor as he trains to run a four-minute mile. If you’re a runner (and maybe if you’re not) you’ll find yourself lacing up your shoes after reading this one.

The Princess in Black
Shannon Hale
June 30, 2015
Reviewed by: Kristin

For lovers of princesses who are tired of pink-clad damsels in distress, meet Princess Magnolia. When danger strikes, Magnolia trades in her princess regalia for a black mask and cape to become the monster-fighting Princess in Black! Light and silly, of a quality and difficulty level similar to that of Kate DiCamillo’s Mercy Watson books, here is a first chapter book for the ninja princess in your life!

The Fold
Peter Clines
June 26, 2015
Reviewed by: Robin

So you say you don't like science fiction? Try this book and you might change your mind or at least like this book! Mike is a high school teacher looking forward to summer school until his buddy from DARPA recruits for a super secret mission. A group of scientists claim to have invented a device nicknamed the Albuquerque Door. It folds dimensions so that people can travel hundreds of feet in a single step. But something is off and Mike has to figure out what and why, without telling anyone but his buddy in DC. This is a quick paced read with movie written all over it.

Naruto. Vol. 1, The Tests of the Ninja
Masashi Kishimoto
June 23, 2015
Reviewed by: Lindsay

Naruto is a trouble maker. A young ninja living in the village of Konohagakure, he is often pulling pranks and getting into trouble. He doesn’t have any friends and is ranked last in his class. But Naruto dreams of becoming the greatest ninja in his village and earning everyone’s respect. As you follow his story, you’ll find yourself rooting for him to succeed as he faces off against tough teachers, class rivals, and enemy ninja.

A Fine Dessert
Emily Jenkins
June 20, 2015
Reviewed by: Desi

A Fine Dessert by Emily Jenkins follows a dessert's transition over centuries. Not only does the method of preparing the dessert change, but also the tools used to prepare the dessert. The final tableau features a father and son making the dessert and sharing it with a diverse group of friends. This picture book mixes non-fiction topics with a good narrative. This would be a great book for older children, maybe 2nd and 3rd graders.

Humans of New York
Brandon Stanton
June 17, 2015
Reviewed by: Laura

Intrigued by the Humans of New York blog I’d seen in social media, I was delighted to learn creator Brandon Stanton had published a book featuring many of his earliest blog posts and more. Bursting with wisdom and personality, HONY is a collection of photographs, quotes, and brief stories of the residents Stanton has encountered in the streets and neighborhoods of the Big Apple.

Gracefully Grayson
Ami Polonsky
June 15, 2015
Reviewed by: Kris

Grayson is a 12-year-old boy with a secret. He knows deep in his heart that he is really a girl. He would love nothing more than to wear dresses and use his sparkly markers in public. Grayson knows that revealing his true self will only invite ridicule but he is dying to break free. When he auditions for the school play he makes a bold move, trying out for the female lead. Gracefully Grayson is a great read alike for fans of R.J. Palacio’s Wonder.

True Meaning of Smekday
Adam Rex
June 11, 2015
Reviewed by: Tonia

Tip Tucci wants to write a story for a contest to be included in a time capsule but doesn't know where to start. Does she write about how aliens invaded her planet? How she befriended a rogue Boov? How they both traveled across country to find her mother at Happy Mouse Kingdom? This feel good story of friendship and family in a world gone mad with aliens has been made into the movie "Home".

And We Stay
Jenny Hubbard
June 8, 2015
Reviewed by: Kris

2015 Printz Honor book, And We Stay is a brilliant story of loss, feeling lost and building yourself back up. The story begins as Emily is starting a new boarding school. She was sent there because her boyfriend, Paul, killed himself in front of her in the school library at her old school. The story is told in Emily’s voice as she is now and in flashbacks to what happened and what lead up to the shooting. She spends much of the story stuck in the in-between space between what happened to Paul and building a future for herself.

The Forgers
Bradford Morrow
June 6, 2015
Reviewed by: Nancy

In the world of rare books and manuscripts, narrator Will has something in common with Adam Diehl: they are both forgers, able to produce an authentic-looking inscription by Arthur Conan Doyle or Henry James and thereby make a profit of hundreds of thousands of dollars on a book. Will has been caught and has paid the penalty of financial restitution and community service. Adam's secret business, however, is uncovered only after he is found bludgeoned and, bizarrely, missing his hands.