Boo's Picture Gallery, Book Reviews

Boo’s Picture Gallery: A Pattern For Pepper

Pepper has a special occasion coming up and her mother takes her to the tailor for the perfect dress... As Pepper is shown a pattern and it's origins explained she has a reason why it won't work: "Dotted Swiss? Too plain. Houndstooth? Not enough color. Pinstripe? Too glum." Will he be able to find the right fabric for her first dress?

Boo's Picture Gallery, Book Reviews

Boo’s Picture Gallery: Do Not Take Your Dragon to Dinner

"It's a special occasion! It's time for a treat. Time to dress up and go out to eat." But please, do not take your dragon to dinner. Why? Because his manners are atrocious. A diverse group of children all learn the embarrassing reasons not to take their dragons to dinner.

Boo's Picture Gallery, Book Reviews

Boo’s Picture Gallery: There, There

There's no other way to say it, Hare is a whiner, he complains about every bad that happens in the grumpiest way possible. Bear, his friend and roommate is very patient and enduring, only saying There, There... until one day he's had enough, he drags Hare out to the mud for a lesson with the humblest of earthworms.

Book Reviews, Mental Health, Mystery Element

Review of Fall in One Day by Craig Terlson

The time is 1973 and Nixon is in the middle of the scandal of his life, Watergate, just south of the border in the good old USA. A drug called LDS has become big with the younger segment of the population. 15 years old, Joe Beck has just lost his best friend, Brian, who was taken out of class and never seen from. He learns Brian is now on the run with his dad after his mom ended up in the hospital. Using a tape recorder and struggling with the lies adults tell he goes on the hunt to figure out what is going on with his friend and his dad.

Boo's Picture Gallery, Book Reviews

Boo’s Picture Gallery: The Fog

Icyland is a special place that people like to visit and the home of Warble, a small yellow bird who loves to human watch. When a deep fog rolls in and lingers the other birds don't seem to mind but Warble becomes concerned. It's not until a Red-hooded Spectacled Female (Juvenile) also notices the fog that Warble decides to do something about the spreading fog.

Book Reviews, Mythology, Paranormal

The Puzzle in Diadem of Death by B.R. Myers

Terry Hughes suddenly has the opportunity to join her father on a project for 6 months to finish her mother's work in Egypt. Her summer plans with her boyfriend are pushed to the side as she finds herself knee deep in the clues that could lead to Cleopatra’s lost tomb. With Maude and Fraser's help plus her first crush Awad's hieroglyphics skills will she be able to solve the puzzle?

Book Reviews, Contemporary YA, Mental Health

Just A Normal Tuesday by Kim Turrisi

Teen Kai returns home on just a normal Tuesday to find a letter from her older sister, Jen. It says she's already gone but Kai rushes over to try to save her. Unable to deal with what she finds Kai spirals into hardcore drug and alcohol use which don't work well with the dark thoughts that start to invade her reality. Luckily her best friends have her back and report her descent to her parents who send her to a grief camp where she learns she is not alone in losing someone she loves. There she meets friends for life who help her to keep moving forward...

Book Reviews, Mythology, Paranormal

The Magic in ASP of Ascension by B.R. Myers

Nefertari may have been given the name of a queen but she doesn't feel like one so she insists she be called the more common Terry. With her mother dead and her leg crippled this 16 year old must re-enter the world of high school when her archaeologist dad gets a job with a museum. Life is complicated when she is paired with Zach the star basketball player and mean girl Allison takes exception to it. When her father falls into a coma and it is blamed on an Egyptian curse Terry with the help of her new friends, Maude and Fraser will uncover a 50 year old mystery and figure out what happened to the missing asp.

Book Reviews

The Travesty in The Yellow Envelope

Kim decides that she's sick of her regular 9 to 5 existence and convinces her husband that she missed out on traveling the world and writing. The only way to rectify this travesty is for them to quit their jobs and head out to South America where they can travel cheaply. Friends give them a yellow envelope as a gift with money they can give away if they like.

Book Reviews, Contemporary YA, Mental Health

NemeSIS by Susan Marshall

Nadine is sick of hiding in the library and uses AA's 12 step plan to make a plan of her own to take back her high school life. With the help of the school's librarian and the other girl hiding in the library, Anne, she is able to fulfill her plan each step at a time. Through her new experiences Nadine realizes there is a problem at home that has to be dealt with before she can leave behind her past as a door mat... Rachel, her volatile older sister who is struggling due to the unreliable men in her life.

Book Reviews, Mythology, Urban Fantasy

5-Star Aisuru by Anma Natsu

Sakura is dying. A soft hearted girl but extremely strong she does not want to burden others with her friendship when she will be dead by the end of the year. She stays true to this philosophy until a yokai drops in her garden with several stab wounds. By befriending Kasuki it opens her up to other overtures in the form of two of her classmates. These friends won't change her fate but as she falls in love and learns to rely on them Sakura finds she isn't so accepting of her death after all.

Book Reviews, Dystopia, Magic Fantasy

Island of Exiles by Erica Cameron

Khya is a clan warrior whose home is an isolated desert island. She's closest to her brother, Yorri and is constantly pestered by her rival, Tessen. As a rare fykina who can make wards to protect from magic and physical dangers she is important to her team and her ambition in life is to become a leader of her clan. When her brother's body mysteriously disappears she goes on a quest to learn what really happened even if it means betraying her clan and everything she's ever known.

Book Reviews, Contemporary YA, Mystery Element

Around Europe with Proof of Lies

Anastasia speaks 4 languages and has a black belt, having spent her childhood moving from foreign location to foreign location with her scientist parents. When they turn up dead her older sister, Keira can't accept the way they grew up nor the car crash that left no bodies. She doesn't care until Keira goes missing and with her Dresden buddy Marcus hits Europe to follow a trail of clues... will she learn the truth about her parents and find the missing Keira?

Book Reviews

Strays is 5-Star

Lindsey is on her own in the tiny factory town she grew up in. Abandoned by her parents she's just trying to make graduation so she can ditch the bad memories. When a boy who was kind to her once and disappeared seeks out her help she finds herself compelled to do everything she can for him. Following the trail of his creepy tattoos, Lindsey relies on Johnny, her neighbor who she's been pushing away. Together they learn of a connection to the medical testing center that saved the town.

Book Reviews, Contemporary YA, Mystery Element, Paranormal

Gardenia, 5-Star Mystery

Ivy can see glowing countdowns. She knows exactly how long everyone has until they die, including herself, which is one month, twenty-seven days, four hours, fifty-nine minutes, and two seconds from now, much shorter than she would like it to be. She's already missed saving her best friend from her countdown and a misjudgment doomed another girl. Is it possible to save anyone from what will happen? If she can't save herself then she's bound and determined to set what she can aright before she passes on.