BRIGHT BURNING STARS by A.K. Small – Review

Bright Burning StarsBRIGHT BURNING STARS by A.K. Small

As a young ballerina in Paris, young adult novelist A. K. Small studied at the famous Académie Chaptal and later danced with companies across the US. Inspired by the dancers from her childhood, Small weaves a vivid story of a fiercely competitive female friendship in her dazzling debut, Bright Burning Stars (Publication Date: May 21, 2019; $17.95). Following two teens fighting for center stage and a spot in the Opera’s prestigious corps de ballet, this page-turning novel explores the lengths it takes to turn talent into a career. A gifted new writer, Small brings the reader into the passionate world of ballet all while telling an engrossing story of female friendship. Continue reading

Hurricane Season by Nicole Melleby – Review

Hurricane SeasonHurricane Season 
by Nicole Melleby

Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers (May 7, 2019)
ISBN-10: 1616209062
ISBN-13: 978-1616209063

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This debut novel—about taking risks and facing danger, about love and art, and about growing up and coming out—will make its way straight into your heart.

Fig, a sixth grader, wants more than anything to see the world as her father does. The once-renowned pianist, who hasn’t composed a song in years and has unpredictable good and bad days, is something of a mystery to Fig. Though she’s a science and math nerd, she tries taking an art class just to be closer to him, to experience life the way an artist does. But then Fig’s dad shows up at school, disoriented and desperately searching for Fig. Not only has the class not brought Fig closer to understanding him, but it has also brought social services to their door. Continue reading

Hurricane Season by Nicole Melleby – Review

Hurricane SeasonHurricane Season 
by Nicole Melleby

Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers (May 7, 2019)
ISBN-10: 1616209062
ISBN-13: 978-1616209063

Amazon   –   Goodreads

This debut novel—about taking risks and facing danger, about love and art, and about growing up and coming out—will make its way straight into your heart.

Fig, a sixth grader, wants more than anything to see the world as her father does. The once-renowned pianist, who hasn’t composed a song in years and has unpredictable good and bad days, is something of a mystery to Fig. Though she’s a science and math nerd, she tries taking an art class just to be closer to him, to experience life the way an artist does. But then Fig’s dad shows up at school, disoriented and desperately searching for Fig. Not only has the class not brought Fig closer to understanding him, but it has also brought social services to their door. Continue reading