Book Review # 86: The Amber Spyglass

Book Specs Author: Philip Pullman Publisher: Laurel-Leaf Books Publishing Date: 2000 Number of Pages: 465 Genre: Young Adult Fiction, High Fantasy Fiction, Scientific Fiction Synopsis Lyra and Will, two ordinary children on an extraordinary and otherworldly quest, have fallen into unspeakable danger. With help from the armored bear Iorek Byrnison and two tiny Gallivespian spies, […]

Book Review # 83: The Subtle Knife

Book Specs Author: Philip Pullman Publisher: Laurel-Leaf Publishing Date: 1997 Number of Pages: 288 Genre: Science Fiction, High Fantasy Fiction, Bildungsroman Synopsis The intrepid young Lyra has passed through a shimmering portal in the sky and finds herself in a beautiful, haunted otherworld – Cittagazze, where soul-eating Specters stalk the streets and wingbeats of distant […]

Book Review # 82: The Ask and the Answer

Book Specs Author: Patrick Ness Publisher: Walker Books Ltd. Publishing Date: 2009 Number of Pages: 517 Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Dystopian, Science Fiction Synopsis Fleeing before a relentless army, Todd and Viola once again face their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss. Immediately imprisoned and separated from Viola, Todd is forced to learn the ways of the […]

Book Review # 80: The Golden Compass

Book Specs Author: Philip Pullman Publisher: Laurel-Leaf Publishing Date: 1996 Number of Pages: 351 Genre: Science Fiction, High Fantasy Fiction, Bildungsroman Synopsis Lyra Belacqua is content to run wild among the scholars in Jordan College, her daemon familiar always by her side. But the moment she hears hushed talk of Dust, an extraordinary particle, she’s […]

Quotable Quotes # 19: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Honestly, I am not much into young adult fiction for a number of reasons. However, there are still some young adult fiction books that deserve highlight and commendation. One such work is Benjamin Alire Sáenz’ Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe which is truly a gem of a read. It has earned quite […]

Book Review # 70: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Book Specs Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz Publisher: Simon & Schuster Publishing Date: 2012 Number of Pages: 359 pages Genre: Romance, Young Adult, Bildungsroman Synopsis Dante can swim. Ari can’t. Dante is articulate and self-assured. Ari has a hard time with words and suffers from self-doubt. Dante gets lost in poetry and art. Ari gets lost […]

Book Review # 69: My Neighbor Totoro

Book Specs Original Story and Art: Hayao Miyazaki Novel: Tsugiko Kubo Publisher: Viz Media LLC Publishing Date: 2013 Number of Pages:  244 Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Children’s Fiction, Fantasy, Coming-of-age Synopsis The beloved animation classic by legendary Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki, My Neighbor Totoro, is now a novel. This edition features original illustrations by Miyazaki […]