January 2020

All opinions used to describe the books’ themes and content are mine and mine alone, unless otherwise specified. Find a copy of these books at your local bookstore, or mine, Mystery to Me in Madison, WI!

Middle-Grade (IM)

That’s What Friends Do – Cathleen Barnhart

An honest look at the pre-teen experience that will have you throwing copies at every parent, teacher, and student you know – it’s that important!

Read the full review HERE.

Young Adult (YA)

The Night Country – Written by Melissa Albert

Fans of The Hazel Wood, rejoice! Melissa Albert does not disappoint readers with this chilling sequel that encompasses every bit of the dark and crooked characters they met in her last book.

Full review HERE.

The Rest of Us (Adult)

American Dirt – Written by Jeanine Cummins

This book has been deemed an “instant classic” by advance readers, and I have no doubt you will agree! This story is powerful. It’s honest. It’s just a taste of the horrific and unbelievable journey made by thousands of people every year. Cummins takes the circumstances of a mother and her son to remind us of what truly makes us human: love.

Full Review HERE

“This book is not simply the great American novel; it’s the great novel of las Americas. It’s the great world novel! This is the international story of our times. Masterful.”

Sandra Cisneros

Listen on LIBRO.FM Yareli Arizmendi’s narration is all at once soothing, exciting, and haunting and truly brings this story to life.