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Our Castle by the Sea
AuthorLucy Strange
ClassificationF STR
PublisherChicken House
Publication Year2019-01-03

★ "Strange follows her impressive debut The Secret of Nightingale Wood in great style here, in a rich and atmospheric historical novel. Her lyrical prose is combined with a thrilling, intricately plotted mystery, while the legend of the stones adds a mesmerising sense of the fantastical." - THE BOOKSELLER
★ "Strange… sets up her story powerfully. She ends with a twist and gives us a real sense of how war and other people's suspicions can be contagious and fracture the strongest family unit." - THE TIMES
★ "Both an exciting thriller and a thoughtful examination of how appearances can be deceptive and how dangerous this is in the suspicious, rumour-driven atmosphere of war… Underpinned by the legend of a sea monster, this is a rewarding read." - THE MAIL
★ "This atmospheric Second World War tale has a touch of fantasy… As much fairy tale as historical fiction." - THE TELEGRAPH
★ "A thrilling Second World War story about belonging and betrayal." - THE GUARDIAN
The Hazel Wood
AuthorMelissa Albert
ClassificationF ALB
PublisherFlatiron Books
Publication Year2019-03-26
Editorial Reviews:
New York Times bestseller
Seven starred reviews
Indies’ Choice Book Award Finalist
New York Times Notable YA Book of 2018
Boston Globe Best Book of the Year
Wall Street Journal Best Children’s Book of the Year
#1 ABA IndieNext Pick
ABA Indies Introduce Selection
Junior Library Guild Selection
ALA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults List
Seventeen Best YA Book of the Year
The Guardian Best Children’s Book of the Year
Entertainment Weekly Top 10 YA Novel of the Year
Bustle Best YA Book of the Year
BookPage Best Book of the Year
Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year
Indigo Best Book of the Year
Books-a-Million Best Book of the Year
Goodreads Choice Award Finalist
Publishers Weekly Flying Start
Seattle Public Library “10 Young Adult Books We Love 2018”
Romantic Times Seal of Excellence Winner

★ "The Hazel Wood starts out strange and gets stranger, in the best way possible. Albert seamlessly combines contemporary realism with fantasy, blurring the edges in a way that highlights that place where stories and real life convene, where magic contains truth, and the world as it appears is false, where just about anything can happen, particularly in the pages of a good book. It's a captivating debut.” - The New York Times
★ "An original and imaginative fairy tale: thrilling, fascinating, and poignant in equal measure. Grade: A-.” - Entertainment Weekly,
★ "Insidiously beautiful, this is the opposite of escapist fantasy; it is a story about the imagination’s power to loose atrocity into the (mostly) law-abiding confines of the real.” - The Guardian
★ "A darkly brilliant story of literary obsession, fairy-tale malignancy, and the measures a mother will take to spare her child.” - The Wall Street Journal
★ "An eerie, assured first novel. Albert occasionally entwines the haunting tales of the grandmother’s book through this mesmerizing narrative, creating a fantasy as lush and twisty as ivy.” - The Washington Post
★ "One of those rare young adult fantasy novels that holds a self-contained world in only a few hundred pages. If the novel’s heroine is a teenage girl, then her story will appeal to readers of all ages, with its intrigue and strange fairy tale magic and very grown up writing.” - Esquire
★ "A can’t-miss, dark, and creepy new take on fairy tales that will have you glued to the page until the very end.” - BuzzFeed
★ "This extremely creepy, wondrously original and beautifully written book conjures up a dark, bloody netherworld of fairytales and enchants and enthralls from the first sentence to the final page.” - The Buffalo News
★ "Simultaneously wondrous and horrific, dreamlike and bloody, lyrical and creepy, exquisitely haunting and casually, brutally cruel. Not everybody lives, and certainly not ‘happily ever after’—but within all the grisly darkness, Alice's fierce integrity and hard-won self-knowledge shine unquenched.” - Kirkus Reviews
★ "An empowering read that will be especially popular with fans of fairy-tale retellings.” - School Library Journal
★ "Fans of the dark supernatural will gobble this up.” - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
★ "Albert weaves a spellbinding, dark tale. The smoke-and-mirrors world of the Hazel Wood is deliciously creepy and its denizens are well-drawn.” - VOYA
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
AuthorRansom Riggs
ClassificationF RIG
Publication Year2013
"A tense, moving, and wondrously strange first novel. The photographs and text work together brilliantly to create an unforgettable story." —John Green, New York Times best-selling author
"Readers searching for the next Harry Potter may want to visit Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children." —CNN
"Riggs deftly moves between fantasy and reality, prose and photography to create an enchanting and at times positively terrifying story." —Associated Press
"Peculiar' doesn't even begin to cover it. Riggs' chilling, wondrous novel is already headed to the movies." —People
"You'll love it if you want a good thriller for the summer. It's a mystery, and you'll race to solve it before Jacob figures it out for himself." —Seventeen
"One of the coolest, creepiest YA books." —PopSugar
"It’s an enjoyable, eccentric read, distinguished by well-developed characters, a believable Welsh setting, and some very creepy monsters." —Publishers Weekly
"An original work that defies categorization, this first novel should appeal to readers who like quirky fantasies. Riggs includes many vintage photographs that add a critical touch of the peculiar to his unusual tale." —Library Journal
"Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children is a wonderfully original and inventive book with colorful characters, a mysterious tale woven together with threads of historical relevance, and incorporating unforgettable vintage photographs which bring the story to life." —Geeks of Doom
"Hands down, this is one of the best books of recent years...both creepy and terrifyingly delicious." —Forces of Geek
The Fault in Our Stars
AuthorJohn Green
ClassificationF GRE
PublisherPuffin Books
Publication Year2013-01-01
#1 New York Times Bestseller
#1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller
#1 USA Today Bestseller
#1 International Bestseller
#1 Indie Bestseller


★ "Damn near genius ... The Fault in Our Stars is a love story, one of the most genuine and moving ones in recent American fiction, but it's also an existential tragedy of tremendous intelligence and courage and sadness." —Lev Grossman, TIME Magazine
★ "The greatest romance story of this decade." —Entertainment Weekly
★ "This is a book that breaks your heart—not by wearing it down, but by making it bigger until it bursts." —The Atlantic
★ "A story about two incandescent kids who will live a long time in the minds of the readers who come to know them." —People
★ "Remarkable ... A pitch-perfect, elegiac comedy." —USA Today
★ "A smarter, edgier Love Story for the Net Generation." —Family Circle
★ "Because we all need to feel first love again ... Sixteen-year-old Hazel faces terminal cancer with humor and pluck. But it isn't until she meets Augustus in a support group that she understands how to love or live fully." —Oprah.com
★ "[Green's] voice is so compulsively readable that it defies categorization. You will be thankful for the little infinity you spend inside this book." —NPR.org
★ "Hilarious and heartbreaking ... reminds you that sometimes when life feels like it's ending, it's actually just beginning." —Parenting magazine
★ "John Green deftly mixes the profound and the quotidian in this tough, touching valentine to the human spirit." —The Washington Post
★ "[Green] shows us true love—two teenagers helping and accepting each other through the most humiliating physical and emotional ordeals—and it is far more romantic than any sunset on the beach." —New York Times Book Review
★ "In its every aspect, this novel is a triumph." —Booklist