The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi (2017, Middle Grade)

The Gauntlet is Karuna Riazi's debut middle-grade novel from the Salaam Reads imprint of Simon and Schuster.  I won an autographed (!!!) copy of this book from a giveaway earlier this summer by the Chapter One Young Writers Conference, and it's one of the loveliest middle grade stories I've read this year. It's Farah Mirza's … Continue reading The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi (2017, Middle Grade)

Review: Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Scythe follows two teenagers, Citra and Rowan, through their apprenticeship to the Honorable Scythe Faraday.  (All Scythes take on new names, after "Patron Historics," aka historical personalities, when ordained.)  Neither want to join the next generation of population-controlling killers, which is why they are deemed perfect to be trained; however, only one year of training … Continue reading Review: Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Great Resource: A Parent’s Guide to Anime from Anime Cafe

Truth be told, I don't watch anime.  I love the art form and I enjoy the soundtracks to many well-known animes, but I don't actually watch much of it.  RWBY and Avatar are really the only anime-style cartoons I've been able to enjoy. It's a cultural thing, really.  Japanese culture advocates for exposure to mature … Continue reading Great Resource: A Parent’s Guide to Anime from Anime Cafe