This is an intriguing tale of mystery, adventure, mistaken identity, fairy tales and Baga Yaga! It begins when Elena, a peasant, and Ekaterina, of high society, accidently switch places. Set in Russia, the weather is going crazy, but how can a magical house that walks on chicken legs, a cat that talks, a Faberge egg, and a Firebird egg help to set things right? Let’s start with Baga Yaga, if you remember, she eats children!
My name is Lexi (rhymes with sexy) is the first line of this story in verse. Sixteen and unsure of her place in the world, she carries the burden of her baby sister’s death and the grief of those around her. Until she falls apart.
The edge of survival, literally. Coe, one of 476 survivors of a tiny island surrounded by the Ocean, is forced with everyone (except Royalty) to stand on a small platform during every high tide. Depending on the ocean’s moods, the waves have been known to sweep people out to sea. Coe, the only dark haired girl, is feared to be a demon.
On his deathbed, The King shares a secret of a path to another land with Tiam, his chosen successor. The King dies, chaos reigns, and no one can be trusted. Will Coe and Taim find the path and save the remaining survivors before the sea claims them all?
This month’s Book of the Month nod is to fashion! The book is full of creative ideas for fashion shoots and explains each step in detail. Do you know what a moodboard is? Have you ever created a storyboard? Thought about backdrops? Considered how many people are needed for a shot? This book has it all! This is a great way to “try on” different career options in the fashion industry while having a blast!
Though fiction, it’s a vivid look at what actually happened and still happens in Gulu, Uganda. McKay based this book on interviews with child soldiers, abducted from schools and from their families, who were forced to kill or be killed. These children escaped and returned to their homeland. But while they attempt to lead a normal life, they continue to carry the horrific memories with them.