Adventure

The Forever Sea, Joshua Phillip Johnson

The first book in a new environmental epic fantasy series set in a world where ships kept afloat by magical hearthfires sail an endless grass sea. On the never-ending, miles-high expanse of prairie grasses known as the Forever Sea, Kindred Greyreach, hearthfire keeper and sailor aboard harvesting vessel The Errant, […]

Read More

Forest World, Margarita Engle

Middle Grade Fiction Reviewed by Kimberly Christensen Edver and his mother left Cuba when he was just a baby. His father stayed behind and Edver hasn’t seen him since. But when relations between the United States and Cuba finally permit unrestricted travel between the two countries, Edver’s mom sends him […]

Read More

Indie Corner – Ian Boyd and Gary Luck

Back to the Indie Corner series I was happy to meet Ian Boyd and Gary Luck by way of their new children’s novel Melody Finch, a story about the hardships of drought in Australia’s Murray Darling Basin river system, as seen through the eyes of its native wildlife. Ian Boyd’s […]

Read More

Indie Corner – Neus Figueras

Back to the Indie Corner series It was my pleasure to talk with Indie Corner spotlight author Neus Figueras, who was born in Barcelona and grew up in a small village among the vineyards of the Penedès region. If she wasn’t running through the streets or the open fields, she […]

Read More

Operation Redwood, S. Terrell French

Middle Grade Fiction Reviewed by Kimberly Christensen Shuffled off to his aunt and uncle’s house in San Francisco while his mom takes a work assignment in China, everything looks bleak for 12-year-old Julian Carter-Li. No one besides his cousin and his best friend seem to care much about what happens […]

Read More

El Taller de las Mariposas, Giocanda Belli

For children and adults alike, Odair, one of the “Designers of All Things” and grandson of the esteemed inventor of the rainbow, has been banished to the insect laboratory as punishment for his overactive imagination. But he still dreams of one day creating a cross between a bird and a […]

Read More

Indie Corner – Esther T. Jones

Back to the Indie Corner series Our first Indie Corner welcomes Esther T. Jones, who has been writing stories in her head since she was five. She loves wandering the wilds of rural America–where she’s dreamed up many a story. When not writing, Jones can be found gardening, playing flute […]

Read More

Tiger Boy, Mitali Perkins

When a tiger cub escapes from a nature reserve near Neel’s island village, the rangers and villagers hurry to find her before the cub’s anxious mother follows suit and endangers them all. Mr. Gupta, a rich newcomer to the island, is also searching—he wants to sell the cub’s body parts […]

Read More

A Peculiar Peril, Jeff VanderMeer

Jonathan Lambshead stands to inherit his deceased grandfather’s overstuffed mansion—a veritable cabinet of curiosities–once he and two schoolmates catalog its contents. But the three soon discover that the house is filled with far more than just oddities: It holds clues linking to an alt-Earth called Aurora, where the notorious English […]

Read More

The Wild Lands, Paul Greci

In Paul Greci’s The Wild Lands, Travis and his sister are trapped in a daily race to survive–and there is no second place. Natural disasters and a breakdown of civilization have cut off Alaska from the world and destroyed its landscape. Now, as food runs out and the few who […]

Read More

Strange Birds, Celia C. Pérez

Selected as one of our January features for Turning the Tide: The Youngest Generation, Strange Birds: a field guide to ruffling feathers is Florida-based juvenile fiction. Abstract: After Ofelia, Aster, Cat, and Lane fail to persuade a local girls club to change an outdated tradition, they form an alternative group […]

Read More

Three Ways to Disappear, Katy Yocom

Click here to return to the series In October we head back to India, this time with author Katy Yocom, author of Three Ways to Disappear. Ecofiction is a type of literature that handles nature-oriented and human-impact plots while telling a great fictional story that imagines or reflects real environmental […]

Read More

Shadow Flicker, Melissa A. Volker

An Eco-Romance to keep you on the edge of your seat. -Woman Zone, Connecticut Volker deftly weaves romance, eco-fiction and surf noir into a gripping saga… In the small coastal village made popular by #TheEndlessSummer, the restless wind brings waves, haunted memories & the promise of a green energy future. […]

Read More

No Entry, Gila Green

Click here to return to the series In September, we look at another YA fiction novel–and yet another novel set in South Africa. Thanks to Stormbird Press and author Gila Green for the interview and essay. Stormbird Press, one of our affiliates, is a new publisher in Australia. As an […]

Read More

Eliot Schrefer’s Endangered, Review by Kimberly Christensen

Endangered by Eliot Schrefer Young adult fiction Fourteen-year-old Congolese American Sophie is set to spend the summer in the Congo with her mother, who runs a sanctuary for bonobos. Sophie arrives with mixed feelings. Although she spent her young childhood in the Congo, she now lives in the United States […]

Read More