Book Review: The Hideaway

13 year old Billy leaves home one evening in late October, because after enduring it for five years, he cannot take another moment watching his mother bullied and abused by her controlling boyfriend. Fortunately he has found the perfect hideaway, an ivy-festooned “pillbox”, a relic from world war 2, in a nearby graveyard. How long […]

Book Review: The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy

It’s a big day for Marya Lupu’s family because sorcerers from the Council for the Magical Protection of Illyria are finally visiting Marya’s home to see if her elder brother, 13-year-old Luka, has magic. If he does, Luka will become an apprentice sorcerer destined to protect the realm of Illyria from the terrible Dread, and […]

Book Review: Ophie’s Ghosts by Justina Ireland

When 12 year old Ophie and her mother are forced to leave Georgia, they move to Pittsburgh to Great-Aunt Rose, whose household already includes her son, his wife, and their three children. Tormented by her awful cousins, Ophie’s life gets even worse when her mother informs her that she must give up school and go […]