Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

Orbiting Jupiter is a heartbreaking and powerful novel that explores real life issues. I read it in one setting because it was impossible to put down. At thirteen, Joseph has faced many hardships. He’s been kicked out of school, incarcerated, and separated from his daughter Jupiter. In fact, Joseph has never seen Jupiter, but he … Continue reading Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

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A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel adapted and illustrated by Hope Larson

Earlier this summer we recommended you read the Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved classic A Wrinkle in Time. Today we are recommending that you check out the graphic novel version of this story. Hope Lasron takes this classic story full of adventure, discovery, and love to a new level with her simple yet elegant illustrations. The attention … Continue reading A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel adapted and illustrated by Hope Larson

Solo by Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess

“When the heart gets lost, let the music find you.” The power and energy of music floats off the pages in this can’t-put-it-down YA novel-in-verse. Solo tells the story of seventeen-year-old Blade as he struggles to come to grips with his past and overcome the challenges of his rockstar father’s addictions. Told through verse poems, … Continue reading Solo by Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess