Map My Heart,

by Don & Ink

The Witch’s Boy,

by Kelly Barnhill

The Graveyard Book,

by Neil Gaiman

A Sudden Light,

by Garth Stein

​Girls’ Life Finalists

February/March 2015

Other Great Reads...

December/January 2015 Finalists (I'm a few issues behind... ;) 


Body & Soul, by Bethany Hamilton


Barron’s Amazing Fact-Packed, Fold-Out Atlas of the World, by Jen Green, illustrated by Christiane Engel


Map My Heart: My Love-Life in Doodles, by Dominic Evans


Unlikely Heroes: 37 Inspiring Stories of Courage and Heart from the Animal Kingdom, by Jennifer Holland


Ribbon Girls, by Maryellen Kim


Rookie: Yearbook Three, by Tavi Gevinson

Body & Soul,

by Bethany Hamilton

Barron’s Amazing Fact-Packed, Fold-Out Atlas of the World,

by Jen Green and illustrated by Christiane Engel

December 2014 / January 2015

Egg and Spoon,

by Gregory Maguire

Shatter Me,

by Tahereh Mafi

The Ghosts of Heaven,

by Marcus Sedgwick

2015 Additions to Books I Want to Read but Probably Never Will

Rookie: Yearbook Three,

by Tavi Gavinson

The Lost Boy,

by Greg Ruth

Poisoned Apples,

by Christine Heppermann

Found Things,

by Marilyn Hilton

October / November 2014

One of the reasons I launched Childressink.com was to share books that couldn’t fit in Girls’ Life. Space is so limited, and there are simply too many great books -- which is why I don’t write any negative reviews. Anything you see listed on this site is some of what I consider the best in new releases.


GL Finalists -- the books I narrowed down for each issue, the best of the best. Enjoy!

Unlikely Heroes,

by Jennifer S. Holland

Ribbon Girls: Wind Weave, Twist & Tie,

by Maryellen Kim

Dust Lands: Raging Star,

by Moira Young

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