LitStack Review: Everything is Perfect When You’re a Liar

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Everything is Perfect When You’re a Liar Kelly Oxford itbooks – an imprint of HarperCollins ISBN: 978-0-06-210222-5 In this humorous memoir, comedienne Kelly Oxford writes chapter-long anecdotes from her own life, starting when she was six years old and attempted to direct the neighborhood kids in a Star Wars theater […]

LitStack Review: The Laura Line by Crystal Allen

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The Laura Line by Crystal Allen HarperCollins Children’s Books ISBN: 978-0-06-199274-2   Middle grade fiction author Crystal Allen has recently released her second novel entitled The Laura Line. Laura Dyson and her best friend Sage seem to be the misfits at Royal Middle School. They are teased by the popular […]

LitStack Review: Will Sparrow’s Road by Karen Cushman

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Will Sparrow’s Road Karen Cushman Clarion Books 978-0-547-73962-5 —♦— Karen Cushman has long been my favorite middle grade historical fiction author. She’s written eight novels in this genre, including Newbery winner The Midwife’s Apprentice and Catherine, Called Birdy, which won a Newbery Honor. Until last year, all her novels featured […]

LitStack Review: Edge of Black by J.T. Ellison

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Edge of Black J.T. Ellison Harlequin Mira ISBN: 978-0-7783-1485-1 —♦— J.T. Ellison’s second book in her Samantha Owens Series, Edge of Black, was released last November. Chapter 1 opens with the story’s perpetrator squeezing through a tight air duct. I’m rather claustrophobic, so this scene caught my attention right away. […]

LitStack Review: The Year of the Gadfly

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The Year of the Gadfly Jennifer Miller Houghton Mifflin Harcourt ISBN 978-0-547-54859-3 —♦— Fourteen-year-old Iris Dupont lost her best friend to suicide. She struggles to deal with this reality, so in an effort to help Iris move on, her parents move the family from Boston to the small New England […]

‘On The Island’ by Tracey Garvis Graves

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On the Island Tracey Garvis Graves Plume/Penguin ISBN 978-0-14-219672-4 —♦— Anna Emerson plans to spend her summer tutoring a 16-year-old boy while he and his parents vacation in the Maldives. T.J. Callahan has recently recovered from a life-threatening cancer that has set him back academically. Anna and T.J. meet at […]

Black Crow White Lie by Candi Sary

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Black Crow White Lie Candi Sary Casperian Books ISBN: 978-1-934081-37-2                   —♦— Casperian Books recently released author Candi Sary’s debut novel Black Crow White Lie. Twelve-year-old Carson Calley lives with his mother Juliet Bravo, an alcoholic psychic fortune-teller. They hop from one seedy Hollywood motel to another. Carson has no […]

Featured Author: Our Exclusive Interview with Lois Lowry

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LitStack’s Featured Author We would like to thank Lois Lowry and her team at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for allowing us to feature her this month. We hope that you will revisit her wonderful backlist as well as her recent release, SON. We were honored to sit down and chat with […]

Featured Author Review: ‘Messenger’ by Lois Lowry

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Messenger Lois Lowry Houghton Mifflin ISBN 0-618-40441-4 —♦— In Messenger, Lois Lowry’s third book in The Giver quartet, Matty is a young teen in a utopian community simply called Village. Jonas, the main character in The Giver and Village’s Leader, worries about the fate of their peaceful existence. The evil […]

Featured Author Review: Son by Lois Lowry

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We are so humbled to host Newbery-winning novelist, Lois Lowry as our October Featured Author. Lowry began her career as a photographer and a freelance journalist during the early 1970s. Her work as a journalist drew the attention of Houghton Mifflin and they encouraged her to write her first children’s book, […]