‘Brother,’ Can You Spare Some Empathy? [REVIEW]

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David Chariandy’s Brother throbs with life, in part due to the music that permeates it. (Photo courtesy Canva)

A mother’s sacrifice. One girl’s ambitions. Two brothers’ dreams. And the act of violence that will change each of their lives forever. Discover why David Chariandy’s Brother has become one of the most beloved novels of our time. 

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‘Invisible As Air’ Takes A Hard Look At Opioid Addiction [REVIEW]

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A desperate housewife learns to deal with life her own way. (Photo courtesy Canva)

A loving mother. A painful memory. A little cheat. Will her method of dealing with the past be her saving grace or become her private hell? Find out in Zoe Fishman’s insightful new drama, Invisible As Air.  Read more of this post

Learn to Let Go in Jill Shalvis’s ‘Second Chance Summer’ [REVIEW]

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A new summer is the perfect opportunity for new beginnings. (Photo courtesy Canva)

Tragic loss. Painful memories. One chance at a fresh start. When a woman has nothing else to lose, should she go home to lick her wounds or take her chances on her own? Find out in Jill Shalvis’s powerful novel of love and redemption, Second Chance Summer. Read more of this post

Kerry Lonsdale’s ‘Last Summer’ Will Keep You Guessing [REVIEW]

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A tragic accident robs a journalist of more than just her memory in Kerry Lonsdale’s Last Summer. (Photo courtesy Canva)

A successful journalist. Her wealthy husband. The tragic car accident that robs them of their unborn child. When she seeks answers about what happened, will she find them? Or should she leave well enough alone? Find out in Kerry Lonsdale’s suspenseful new novel, Last Summer.  Read more of this post

Fantasy and Reality Collide in ‘The Royal Order of Fighting Dragons’ [REVIEW]

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A boy’s father dies in a freak accident. Or did he? When Ian learns the truth about his dad’s demise, he is forced to confront the unexpected truth in Dan Elish’s The Royal Order of Fighting Dragons. (Illustration by Sam Shearon)

Having tutored fifth grade students in the past, I am always on the lookout for stories which will captivate the imaginations of young readers. When Dan Elish’s The Royal Order of Fighting Dragons crossed my desk, I knew this would be a great title to add to my arsenal of middle grade fiction as soon as I started to read it.  Read more of this post