Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis is a true-life account of childhood against the backdrop of radicalizing Iran. Satrapi doesn't shy away from depicting the brutal, stark truths of the Islamic Revolution and the ensuing Iran-Iraq War, but just as powerful are the moments of a young girl growing: the warm touches on her life by her family, her embattled relationship with the faith she's grown up with, the terrible recklessness of asserting her... (read more)Recommended by Miranda G.
Lovable, charming, and laugh-out-loud fun, this book is sheer delight for little geeks and adventure lovers. You can't help rooting for the determined goblin searching after the adventurers who took his best friend, Skeleton, even while everyone he meets chases him away because — you got it — Nobody Likes a Goblin. Then, at the end, when everything looks its bleakest, he finds… well, you'll have to read to find out!Recommended by Miranda G.
The School for Good and Evil is absolutely one of the best YA fantasy reads since the Harry Potter train left the station. Meet two girls, Sophie and Agatha. They live in a small village from which every four years, two children disappear forever — until they reappear years later in the fairy tale books. Beautiful Sophie knows she is destined to be whisked away, meet her Prince Charming, and live her Happily Ever After as a fairy tale... (read more)Recommended by Miranda G.