MARCH
Off the Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer.
I haven't read the "companion" but this works as a stand alone. It was a bit slow starting for me, but by the end I was totally into the story. Lila has magically called her true love and literally prince charming out of a book when he trades with the author's son, Edgar. Oliver truly loves her but has to fit in as a normal high schooler. Pretty humorous in spots but also some heart breaking moments. Nicely complicated. And there are moments outside of the story when the author talks directly to us, the readers. Magical. YA for romance. But very "clean".

See How They Run by Ally Carter (Book Two of Embassy Row)
Grace is in pretty deep in the mysteries of this small Mediterranean country where she lives on Embassy Row. I am still put off by the self-absorbed "I'm awful and nobody can love me." destructive thoughts. The plot is pretty good and the action is great, but I still dragged through this. YA for violence. OK.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (book One)
Hmm. This is apparently the latest hot YA. SLJ says high school, but it seemed much like many many YA books we have already. Another reviewer said, ;The book is really generic." It wasn't bad, but all the way through it I kept thinking it sounded like other books I've read. Two peoples-one in power one oppressed--facing war and rebellion. Some thought to terrorism and effects of war. Plus lots of twists in relationships. Never trust anyone. YA for violence and some romance.

School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
This certainly would be a great discussion book. The lines between good and evil continually blur throughout the book. Who's the princess and who's the witch? And who is whose friend? It gets pretty violent and creatures and people die, but not with any real emotional connection. I'm not hooked. It's really looooong. Which was Okay for Winter but not for this. Mixed feelings. 4th+

The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems and Tony Diterlizzi
Easy chapter book. Story of a small brave dog and a flaneur-exploring large cat. In Paris. Great characters, great setting, and great illustrations. Not easy words so probably no really a learn-to-read book. But short.

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
graphic novel about a Hero, a Villain and a a sidekick-Nimona. The story is about the evil government and who the true heroes are. And who is really Nimona or what is Nimona. Very Good. YA for violence and sexual inference.

Bliss by Kathryn Littlewood
The Bliss family runs a quiet but very popular bakery in their small town. It's due to the magic involved. Rose(mary) is the least remarkable of the children and wants to prove how useful she is. When her parents are called away they leave her with the key to the magic book. Then mysterious Aunt Lily shows up and craziness starts happening. Can the kids fix things and still keep their secret safe? OK. 3rd+

Kate Walden Directs: Night of the Zombie Chickens by Julie Mata
Her dreams of being a sensational director are sidetracked when her best friend turns on her and she becomes the middle school pariah. Plans to wreck revenge somehow go wrong. Nice plot and mean girl machinations. The film making is mildly interesting too. Nothing super deep though. OK. 5th+ good for middle school too.

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Blue Spruce nominee and marked High School for sexuality. Twins Noah and Jude are soulmates but also mortal enemies. Both artists, they head down a dramatic path with parental ties and disapproval too. Noah is a genius, but is dealing with homsexuality from page one on. Jude is just jealous of their mother's favoritism for Jude. Then a horrible catastrophe shake up everyone's world. The lyrical language is pretty phenomenal, but the sexual situations make this more of an 8th grade or higher book. YA.

Diary of a Mad Brownie by Bruce Coville
Angus Cairns is saying goodbye to his human as she has reached her old age. Now he must navigate to America to find Alex Carhart, the youngest female of age of the McGonagall clan to serve out the curse his da has brought on them both. This is classic Coville. Funny, magical, tender, exciting. I loved it. 3rd+