Review: The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

Reviewed by Jennifer Langreck Do you remember believing in fairy tales or scary creatures when you were young? In Tracey Baptiste’s fantasy novel The Jumbies, Caribbean lore becomes reality. The twelve-year-old protagonist Corinne doesn’t have to believe in the creatures she hears about in the local stories, but she does have to confront them. The…

Review: Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani

Review by Emily Naik Priyanka, an Indian-American high schooler, is filled with wonder. She wonders why her mother left India. She wonders why her mother never talks about her father, and she wonders if she will ever be able to travel to Rajastran. As Priyanka attempts to connect to her heritage, readers are invited alongside…

Review: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Reviewed by Katie Green Do not read anything else about this book before you read it! More Happy Than Not was a completely delightful surprise that you do not want spoiled. This young adult novel addresses the heavy topics of suicide, teenage sexuality, and death. Aaron Soto is an irresistible protagonist: his voice keeps the…

Review: The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

Review by Jennifer Langreck The commodification of the human body has been a central practice of imperial conquest, and Natives in North America are no strangers to this. In 1863, Minnesota State Treasurer Charles Schaff reported the purchase of a “Sioux Scalp” for $25.00. Similar cultural trauma is examined in the dystopian indigenous futurism novel…

Deep Plunge Between the Lines: Fear

Deep Plunge is a definitive commentary on key aspects of children’s and adolescent literature. Offered freely by Vernon the Reading Primate for the betterment of all reading primates everywhere, it reveals invaluable insights into how books work and why you should read them. The experience of fear is familiar to everyone, but for young people…