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Knife’s Edge

Knife’s Edge
Hope Larson
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017
Source: Library
Audience: Children, All Teens

From Goodreads:
At the end of Compass South, twins Cleo and Alex were been reunited with their father, Mr. Dodge, on the ship Anita after a battle with the pirate Worley. Now, Cleo explains to Dodge and Alex that the pocket knife and pocket watch they have are keys to a treasure. So begins Knife's Edge, the second installment in Hope Larson's Four Points series—another high-speed story of treasure, family, and of course adventure on the high seas.

Hope Larson’s books are DELIGHTFUL. Knife’s Edge did not disappoint. It was full of action and drama. Watching the characters develop is interesting, too. The only downside of the Four Points books specifically is that they are so SHORT. I can’t wait to read the next book. I’ll have to reread 1&2 to hold me over.
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Mighty Jack and the Goblin King

Mighty Jack and the Goblin King
Ben Hatke
First Second, 2017
Source: E-Galley, Library
Audience: Older Children, Younger Teens

From Goodreads:
Like a bolt from the blue, Jack's little sister Maddy is gone—carried into another realm by an ogre.

When Jack and Lilly follow Maddy’s captor through the portal, they are ready for anything . . . except what they find waiting for them in the floating crossroads between worlds. Even the power of their magic plants may not be enough to get them back to earth alive.


Reluctant readers will love Mighty Jack and the Goblin King. It’s 80% action, 20% dialogue and story. However, it does pick up right where Mighty Jack left off (from what I can tell - because I forgot EVERYTHING that happened in Mighty Jack.) I loved the girl power in this book and the ending was fun. I can’t wait to see what will happen next! (And I’ll reread books one and two before I read three!)

Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska John Green Speak, 2006 Audience: Older Teens Source: My Own Bookshelf
From Goodreads: Before. Miles “Pudge” Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave “the Great Perhaps” even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young. She is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. Then. . . .
After. Nothing is ever the same.

Looking for Alaska was much different than what I was expecting. Personally, I could tell that it was Green’s first novel. And it won a Printz award! Can you imagine? Also, I totally understood why it is banned so of…

Song of the Current

Song of the Current
Sarah Tolcser
Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2017
Source: My Own Bookshelf
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. For generations, her family has been called by the river god, who has guided their wherries on countless voyages throughout the Riverlands. At seventeen, Caro has spent years listening to the water, ready to meet her fate. But the river god hasn’t spoken her name yet—and if he hasn’t by now, there’s a chance he never will.

Caro decides to take her future into her own hands when her father is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious crate. By agreeing to deliver it in exchange for his release, Caro finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies, with dangerous pirates after the cargo—an arrogant courier with a secret—and without the river god to help her. With so much at stake, Caro must choose between the life she always wanted and the one she never could have imagined for herself.

From debut author Sar…

Fish Girl

Fish Girl
Donna Jo Napoli
Clarion Books, 2017
Audience: Children, All Teens
Source: Library

From Goodreads:
Who is Fish Girl?
What is Fish Girl?


She lives in a tank in a boardwalk aquarium. She is the main attraction, though visitors never get more than a glimpse of her.

She has a tail. She can't walk. She can't speak.

But she can make friends with Livia, an ordinary girl, and yearn for a life that includes yoga and pizza. She can grow stronger and braver. With determination, a touch of magic, and the help of a loyal octopus, she can do anything.


I was intrigued by the storyline of Fish Girl. Also, I know that I saw a recommendation for it somewhere, and that’s why I put it on hold. Overall, I was underwhelmed by it. It seemed like a story that had been told before - similar to The Little Mermaid and Splash in some ways. In others, it was subtly dark and creepy. As far as the art, it wasn’t my favorite, but I didn’t hate it either. It fit the book, but didn’t really add to it.

Fitting In

Fitting In
Colin Thompson
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2016
Source: E-Galley, Library
Audience: Adults

From Goodreads:
Take one small boy; add manic depression, three wives, three daughters, two divorces, amazing creative talent, and Asperger's syndrome. In this memoir, Colin Thompson invites you to explore his almost-unbelievable life from past to present, though not necessarily in that order. Filled with family photographs and mesmerising illustrations drawn by the author himself, prepare to step inside the life and mind of an extraordinary man.

Whoops. I thought that Colin Thompson was the guy who wrote Blankets... which was why I was interested in Fitting In.

Turns out Craig Thompson wrote Blankets. Not Colin.

So I was in for a bit of a surprise.

Honestly, I couldn’t finish this book. I was uncomfortable at first, and then when I found out it was a completely different author than I was expecting, I was disappointed. I did keep reading, though. I thought that the illustrations…

There’s Someone Inside Your House

There’s Someone Inside Your House
Stephanie Perkins
Dutton Books for Young Readers, 2017
Source: My Own Bookshelf
Audience: Older Teens, Adults

From Goodreads:
One-by-one, the students of Osborne High are dying in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, the dark secrets among them must finally be confronted.

International bestselling author Stephanie Perkins returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.



1. For the life of me, I could not remember the title of this book. If you get one word wrong, it doesn’t come up in the search engine! Horrible!

2. There’s Someone Inside Your House was like Thanksgiving dinner. Think about it. It takes HOURS to prepare the food. Then, when it’s finally done, it only takes 20 minutes to eat and then it’s over, and you’re stuck waiting until the next Thanksgiving. Stephanie Perk…