Children Growing Up with War
Written and Photographed by Jenny Matthews
Candlewick, $17.99
Age: 10+

Genre: Nonfiction photo picture book, war-torn nations, war-violence, affects of war on children, photojournalism, diversity in war, education, reference, military

The Marvels

By Brian Selznick
Scholastic ( September 15, 2015) $32.99

​Age: 10+

​Genre: Middle-grade fiction, story in pictures, art and illustration, historical fiction
A genre-bender! A cinematic tour de force. Two stories, one told in pictures, one in prose, come together in completely unexpected ways.

The Illuminae Files_01

By Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Knopf (October 20,2015) $18.99

​Age: 12+

​Genre: Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Survival Stories, Humor, Romance, Science Fiction & Dystopian
Totally unique, hilarious, sci-fi adventure, told through memos, letters, and intergalactic messages. The universe is in trouble when 17-year-old hacker Kady learns it’s up to her and her ex-BF to save themselves and their ship, especially when the ship’s AI system goes all 2001 Space Odyssey and tries taking over. 

The Weight of Feathers

By Anna-Marie McLemore
St. Martin’s Press (September 15, 2015) $18.99

​Age: Teen/Young Adult

​Genre: Romance, Science Fiction & Dystopian

For lovers of forbidden romance and lyrical language, both are found when two rival circus families with magic in their blood end up competing together in a small California town.

By Joelle Charbonneau
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 

(November 3, 2015) $17.99
 Ages: 12+
Genre: Fictional Social

Network Triller 

The Fog Diver

By Joel Ross
Harper (May 26, 2015) $16.99

​Age: 8-12

​Genre: Children's Books, Geography & Cultures, Explore the World, Science Fiction & Fantasy

First the fog destroyed the earth, then fogsickness ravaged humanity, until only the highest mountains are habitable, and they are ruled by the wealthy Five Families. In this steampunk, high-fantasy-adventure, four friends live as pirates, sailing their make-shift air raft, scavenging for treasures. Because they have a secret. Chess is unaffected by fogsickness, and the wealthies would love to use him as their Fog Diver.


The Doldrums

By Nicholas Gannon

Greenwillow Books (September 29,2015) $17

Age: 8-12

​Genre:  Fiction, Children's Books, Growing Up & Facts of Life, Friendship, Social Skills & School Life, Humor

Archer has the same blood running through him as his adventurous and famous grandparents, explorers who collected oddities. Only Archer has yet to leave his eccentric town to find mysteries and treasures all his own. Acher and his friends set out on a forbidden quest after his grandparents disappearance from an iceburg in Antarctica.

They find nothing unfolds according to plan, and friendship is indeed the truest adventure. 

This book is lavishly illustrated in full color.

The Imaginary

By A.F. Harrold (Author) 

Emily Gravett (Illustrator)

Bloomsbury USA Childrens

(March 3, 2015) $16.99

Age: 8-12

Genre: Science Fiction,

 Fantasy & Magic, Action & Adventure

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone:

The Illustrated Edition
By J.K. Rowling Illustrated by Jim Kay
Scholastic Inc. (2015) $39.99
Collections, Harry Potter

Age: 8+

​Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic

Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Perfect way to introduce Harry Potter to a new generation--perfect for reading aloud with kids as young as six--when I started reading the books to my kids. 




The 5th Wave

By Rick Yancey

Speak; Reissue edition (February 10, 2015) $10.99

Age: 13+

Genre: Action & Adventure, Survival Stories, Romance, Science Fiction & Dystopian

Now a major motion picture, I will say, READ THE BOOK FIRST! The movie version NEVER gives the books justice. In this future that could be now, politics and government don't exist, because the earth has been invaded by an unseen enemy, who attacked in waves, beginning with eliminating all power sources of every kind, followed by a plague, until the population has dwindled to pockets of survivors who can trust no one, because the enemy looks like us. 

A wonderfully done--realistic, upfront look at the reality of war and how it is for children who live this reality daily. Excellent photojournalism let's us look at the ways of war and see its affects. More than ever, the job of the journalist is needed and necessary. We need to show the truth to help people make informed, good moral decisions. Violence is never the answer, especially when it comes to children.

Photojournalist Matthews has compiled many of her recent photos, sensitively shedding light on the effects of children growing up with war. ... The stories of disruption, stress, pain, and misery brought about by war are clear and strong. The photographs are powerful and well captioned. Realistic and somber, they give readers an illustration of the true face of war without verging on graphic or gruesome. ... An important work that many should see. -School Library Journal


By Michael Buckley
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), $18.99

Age: 12+

​Genre: Teens, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Star-crossed love and nonstop action, this one left me hungry for the sequel! The Alphas came from the ocean, a civilization that lived beneath the sea. The first ones explored, blended, married humans, and had children, like Lyric Walker. After the Alphas appear and make peace with humans, discrimination and violence erupt when they start going to school. Lyric is “assigned” to take care of Fatham, the Prince of the Alphas, who attracts violence wherever he goes and happens to be an extreme hottie, even if he is green. 


The Infinite Sea

(Book 2 of The Fifth Wave Series)

By Rick Yeancy
Speak (November 3, 2015) $10.99
Age: 13+
Genre: Survival Stories Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Dystopian

This sequel starts off with a bang and never stops! I could not put it down, and it does not disappoint! Except for the fact the I need the next book YESTERDAY!  This series will be added to one of my All-Time Favorites.